Tips for Getting a COVID Vaccine Appointment in San Diego County

Starting March 15, San Diego County has opened Phase 1C which includes people age 16-64 with some underlying medical conditions.  More information can be found here. https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiology/dc/2019-nCoV/vaccines/phases.html

Since I’m no longer able to provide COVID vaccine in my office due to changes at the State level, I’ve put together some resources to help you find an appointment.  But be warned, while vaccine supply is still so scarce, finding an appointment is VERY DIFFICULT.  It requires patience and persistence.  But hopefully will improve over the next few months.

  1. My Turn – https://myturn.ca.gov/

This is the State of California’s website and will point you to all the County locations as well as some local pharmacies.  One nice feature – if you’re not eligible yet, you can register for text updates about when you’re eligible.  Some sites are giving all 3 vaccines, others are only giving one type – Petco Park is giving Modera only.  Del Mar Fairgrounds is giving Pfizer only.

  1. Vons – https://www.vons.com/pharmacy/covid-19.html?cmpid=ps_von_soc_cov_goo_20210125_71700000078884903_58700006655642324_43700060099359683&gclid=Cj0KCQjwi7yCBhDJARIsAMWFScOxRwaxqjMcvGiy12Nan017E3Y6cuBq7NWy4bCnwgEcgJH2UbLhPJwaAmGuEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
  1. CVS – https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine
  1. Walgreens – https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp
  1. Scripps – https://www.scripps.org/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccine-info

If you’ve seen a doctor at Scripps in the last 3 years, you may be eligible to get your vaccine through Scripps.  All appointments through Scripps are being scheduled by “invitation” only.  Those invitations are sent automatically through MyScripps.  If you do not have an account at MyScripps, you can sign up for one at www.MyScripps.org

  1. UCSD – https://health.ucsd.edu/coronavirus/Pages/vaccine.aspx

If you have a UCSD doctor that you see regularly, you may be eligible to get your vaccine through UCSD.   Like Scripps, appointments are by invitation only and scheduled through MyUCSDChart.

  1. Sharp – https://www.sharp.com/coronavirus/vaccines.cfm

Appointments are by invitation only

Vaccine chasers – some people are showing up at vaccine sites near the end of the day hoping to get a “left over” dose.  You can find which San Diego County vaccine sites are open which hours here: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiology/dc/2019-nCoV/vaccines/COVID-19-VaxEvents/Vaccinations-Schedule.html

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