The City of Chino Hills is committed to keeping you up to date on the most important news and information about San Bernardino County's distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most important tools to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting vaccinated is safe, free, and our best protection against COVID-19.
Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Appointment
Who is Eligible?
Previously, certain groups were prioritized for COVID-19 vaccination. Now, all people who live or work in San Bernardino County age 12 and over now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Residents age 12 and over can only receive the Pfizer vaccine and therefore can only be served at San Bernardino County Public Health sites and State OptumServe sites. They will also need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive the Pfizer vaccine (the only one thus far approved for people under 18). The Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available only to those who are 18 years and older.
What Will it Cost?
COVID-19 vaccinations are free for all Californians, regardless of immigration status, health insurance status, or background.
Pfizer Vaccine Is Fully Approved by the FDA
On Monday, August 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) moved the Pfizer vaccine from emergency use approval to full approval for those ages 16 and older. The vaccine, known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, will now be named Comirnaty (koe-mir'-na-tee). The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.
Additional Dose and Boosters
The CDC now recommends that people whose immune systems are compromised moderately to severely should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after the initial 2 doses.
An additional dose is for people who may not have had a strong enough immune response from the first 2 doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. A booster shot is for people whose immune response may have weakened over time.
The FDA has authorized the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster vaccine for seniors age 65 and older, residents in long-term care settings, and people ages 18-64 with underlying medical conditions or who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of an occupational or institutional setting. Booster shots are now available at San Bernardino County vaccination sites. The FDA authorization only applies to those who received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine six months ago or more. The FDA and CDC do not recommend mixing brands of vaccines.
The Moderna vaccine has only been authorized as a third dose for people who are severely immunocompromised. A booster vaccine has not yet been authorized for those who took the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
For more information on additional doses and boosters, visit www.sbcovid19.com/boosters.
Vaccination Locations & Registration
Where Can I Get Vaccinated?
To make an appointment, visit MyTurn.ca.gov, fill out your information, and enter your address. MyTurn will prompt you for your zip code for an appointment closest to you. Appointments are available to anyone who lives or works in San Bernardino County.
There are 12 County-operated sites that operate Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 am to 6 pm. All County vaccination sites are offering the Pfizer vaccine and accept walk-ins. Appointments are strongly recommended because of the possible high demand created by the expanded eligibility for additional doses and boosters. Walk-in service may be limited and can experience longer wait times.
County-operated Sites in Chino Hills
- McCoy Equestrian & Recreation Center (14280 Peyton Drive)
Every Tuesday through November from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Both the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered. Walk-ins accepted, no appointments necessary.
- The Shoppes at Chino Hills (13920 City Center Drive)
Monday, October 4 - Friday, October 8 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Local Ongoing County-operated Sites
- Montclair, Montclair Place (5060 E North Montclair Plaza Lane)
- Ontario, Ontario Convention Center (2000 E. Convention Center Way)
- Rancho Cucamonga, Inland Empire Health Plan (10801 6th St.)
- Rancho Cucamonga, Rancho Cucamonga Sports Complex (8303 Rochester Ave.)
- San Bernardino, National Orange Show Event Center (689 South E St.)
Those who need assistance with appointments or signing up for notifications can call the COVID-19 hotline from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911.
Flu Shots at County Vaccination Sites
Free flu shots are available at all County COVID-19 vaccination sites. Flu shots are recommended for all adults, especially those who are pregnant and those with chronic health conditions. Children who are three years and older are also eligible for flu shots but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You can make an appointment for the vaccines at MyTurn.ca.gov, but walk-ins are also welcome at the above locations.
How COVID-19 Vaccines Work
COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick and help our immune system fight infections in the future. If you get sick with COVID-19, the vaccine prevents serious illness, hospitalization, and death.
It will take time for your body to build immunity to protect you from the virus after your vaccination. The vaccine will reach full effectiveness after 10 to 14 days after the last dose in a series to become fully protected. On the days after taking the vaccine, you may experience side effects. Side effects are normal signs that our body is building protection from the virus. For most people, these side effects will last no longer than a day or two and may include a sore arm, fatigue, or fever.
When Are You Considered Fully Vaccinated?
Have You Been Fully Vaccinated?
People are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated.
Benefits of Being Fully Vaccinated
If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing many of the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. All unvaccinated individuals still need to wear a mask at these types of gatherings. Visit the CDC's website for full guidance on choosing safer activities.