COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. The State is prioritizing vaccines for equitable distribution to everyone in California who wants it.
Phases of Vaccine Allocation and Current County Vaccine Phase
Vaccines Now Open to Everyone 16+ who Lives or Works in San Bernardino County
All persons who live or work in San Bernardino County age 16 and over now eligible for vaccination, regardless of health condition or occupation.
Residents ages 16 and 17 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.
Vaccines are administered at no cost. The public can follow the phases of the vaccination rollout at sbcovid19.com/vaccine.
Vaccination Locations & Registration
If you are trying to make a vaccine appointment for yourself or a family member, please be patient as there is currently a high demand. Vaccine supplies from the State are scarce, so appointments are limited at this time. Appointments are based upon product availability, which is expected to increase in the next few weeks.
Be sure to check out appointment availability across all four vaccine registration options:
Trouble Finding Appointments?
If you are having trouble finding appointments, because many are, our best advice is to:
- Check the sbcovid19.com/vaccine/locations website often for appointments to open up. Make sure to check for availability across all four vaccination registration options.
- Seniors can also sign up for email and text notifications to receive alerts about vaccination opportunities and other vaccination news through the "65+ Vaccine Notification Sign Up."
- Check your phase eligibility, schedule an appointment, and receive updates on vaccinations at the following pharmacies:
Sav-on Pharmacy in Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions. The QR codes on this page will aso take you to their websites. Please note Rite Aid does not schedule appointments through their website, you must visit the County website to check appointment availability.
- Sign up for pharmacy vaccine information and availability notifications: Vons Pavilions
Those who need assistance with appointments or signing up for notifications can call the COVID-19 hotline from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911. Call volumes are extremely high so expect some wait time.
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How Covid-19 Vaccines Work
Vaccines help our immune system fight infections in the future. COVID-19 vaccines will protect us from the virus that causes COVID-19 without having to get the illness.
It typically takes a few weeks after the last dose in a series to become fully protected. On the days after taking the vaccine, you may have a sore arm, aches, fatigue or fever, but these are not harmful. These symptoms signal that your immune system is developing protection from the virus.
Benefits of Getting Vaccinated
COVID-19 vaccines are meant to prevent you from getting COVID-19 and from spreading it to others. The ability of COVID-19 vaccines to protect us from spreading the virus to others is not yet known, but is being studied carefully.
Helpful Links to State and County Vaccination Information
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. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
As of April 2, 2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Fully vaccinated people can resume domestic travel and do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
- Fully vaccinated people do not need to get tested before leaving the United States (unless required by the destination) or self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
Fully vaccinated travelers should still follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely including:
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
- Stay 6 feet from others and avoid crowds
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer