COVID-19 Vaccination Sites & Appointments

COVID-19 vaccines are an important tool to help end the COVID-19 pandemic. As more vaccines become available—and as more people get vaccinated—we will be able to resume many of the activities we missed in the last year. Vaccines are expected to be available to everyone by Summer 2021.

Vaccinations are being provided to priority groups based on available federal and state guidance and recommendations from the County of San Diego.

Please be advised appointments made by persons not meeting this current eligibility will not be honored by sites and individuals will be turned away. For those requiring second doses (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), the CDC recommends receiving the second dose within 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. If you are unable to get vaccinated within that exact timeframe, you do not need to restart the series.

 

Get Vaccinated at a Location Near You

Doctors, pharmacies, community clinics, and other healthcare providers are working to provide vaccinations to San Diegans in the priority groups. While vaccines have arrived in the region, supplies remain extremely limited.

Please be patient—as supply increases, providers will be able to perform more vaccinations. 

  • If you have a healthcare provider or are enrolled with a local healthcare system, please wait to be notified by them. If you do not have a doctor or other healthcare provider, call 2-1-1 to be connected with one.
  • For those unable to get a vaccination from a healthcare provider, the County of San Diego and it's partners are offering vaccinations to individuals in eligible priority groups. Appointments and proof of eligibility are required at all sites. Space is limited and appointments are updated regularly. See Vaccination Locations and Vaccination Schedule below for more details.

 

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Proof of Vaccination Eligibility

Individuals must be able to show they live OR work in San Diego County AND meet the current eligibility requirements at the time of their appointment to be vaccinated. You will need to bring a photo ID (school or work ID, membership card, etc.) AND at least one of the documents listed below for proof of eligibility:

PROOF OF RESIDENCY (must include San Diego County address with zip code)

  • Photo ID 
  • Home utility bill, such as gas, electricity, water/sewer, or cable/internet issued in the past 60 days                (cell phone bills OK)
  • Current mortgage, housing, or property tax paperwork
  • Insurance policy or banking/credit card statement

PROOF OF HIGH-RISK MEDICAL CONDITION OR DISABILITY

  • You will be asked to confirm that you have an eligible health condition or high-risk disability

PROOF OF EMPLOYMENT IN AN ELIGIBLE SECTOR

Documentation to show proof of employment in eligible sector should include:

  • Name of the individual to be vaccinated
  • Name and address of employer or issuing entity
  • Confirmation of active assignment/employment of the individual to be vaccinated
    • Permanent, probationary, or temporary employees
    • Third-party contractors directly working with an entity’s customers or clients
    • Volunteers directly working with an entity’s customers or clients
  • Employee or volunteer ID card; OR
  • A paycheck stub or timesheet issued within the last 90 days; OR 
  • A letter on employer/company letterhead stating that the named individual is a permanent, probationary, temporary employee or volunteer


Additional documentation options for specific groups are provided below. All proof of employment documents should have employer/company name and address. 

GROUP OTHER DOCUMENTATION OPTIONS
Healthcare Workers & Others in Phase 1A
  • Professional license
Informal Caregivers (eligible under Phase 1A-Healthcare Workers)
  • Letter from the San Diego Regional Center (SDRC) for caregivers of their clients OR families enrolled with California Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
    • Families who receive a letter from DDS directly should contact their case worker or service coordinator at SDRC to receive a personalized letter that identifies a family member as an informal caregiver
  • Letter from doctor or healthcare provider of the person receiving care that confirms the individual to be vaccinated is an informal caregiver
Emergency Services Sector (eligible under Phase 1B) 
  • Copy of valid professional certification
Childcare & Education Sector (eligible under Phase 1B)
  • A childcare provider, district, or school employee ID card; OR
  • A letter stating that the named individual is a permanent, probationary or temporary employee; volunteer childcare worker; OR
  • A letter on district or school letterhead stating that the named individual is a volunteer or employed by a third-party contractor and regularly engaged in work with students on a school campus; OR
  • Childcare Vaccine Eligibility Verification Form from the Child Development Associates (CDA) for childcare providers who do not have the other options available to them 
Food & Agriculture Sector: Food Handlers (eligible under Phase 1B) 
  • Copy of valid professional certification
Food & Agriculture Sector: Agricultural Workers (eligible under Phase 1B) 
  • A field worker training card; OR
  • Copy of agricultural permit with employee name; OR
  • Copy of valid professional certification

 

Before Your Vaccination Appointment

  •  Take it easy the night before to ensure potential symptoms are not a result of other unrelated activities.
  •  Anticipate the COVID-19 vaccines may cause minor side effects in some people, like sore muscles, feeling tired, or mild fever.
  •  Do not take acetaminophen or ibuprofen in anticipation of potentially having side effects from the vaccine.
    • Taking these medications for the purpose of preventing post-vaccination symptoms is not currently recommended.
  • When you go to your appointment, remember to:
    • Watch your distance - stay at least 6 feet away from others.
    • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.

 

During Your Vaccination Appointment

  •  A COVID-19 vaccination card will be given to you when you receive your first dose of the vaccine. It will list:
    • The type of vaccine you received.
    • The date you received it.
    • Where you received it.
  • Keep this vaccination card in a safe place and bring it with you to your second dose appointment.
    • If you have a smartphone with you, it is recommended you take a picture of your vaccination card in case you misplace the physical card between appointments.
  • You will also receive a fact sheet that tells you more about the COVID-19 vaccine you received.
  • You will be monitored for allergic reactions on-site for 15-30 minutes.
  • You will be advised to register for v-safe for:
    • Personalized health check-ins,
    • Reminders to get your second dose,
    • Quickly tells the CDC if you have any side effects, and after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

After Your Vaccination Appointment

  •  It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination.
  • The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require two shots for them to work best.
    • The vaccine is most effective 2 weeks following your second dose.
  • Continue to wash your hands.
  • Continue to watch your distance.
  • Continue to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when in contact with others outside your household.

 

Scheduling Your Second Vaccination Appointment

Depending on where you received your first vaccine dose, how you schedule your second dose may differ. You may also find this information through the Vaccination Sites by Locations map or Vaccination Sites by Day list when you select a location.

*** For County Managed Locations; if you scheduled your first dose prior to 1/23/2021, you will receive a link that will include available dates and locations for you to schedule your second dose within 7 days from your second dose date.

There are different appointment scheduling systems and based on where you received your first dose, please see below for second dose information: 

City of San Diego Vaccination Program
  • 5-7 days after initial vaccination, you will receive an email to the address you have provided. This email will provide all information and instruction for you to schedule your second dose appointment.
  • Do NOT schedule a second dose appointment until after you have received your initial vaccination and subsequent follow up email.
  • For any issues, contact SDFDCovid19@sandiego.gov.
County Managed Locations: MyTurn
  • Immediately after you make your first appointment, you will be prompted in MyTurn to also schedule your second appointment. Dates available for your second dose will be populated so you may complete the scheduling process.
  • For any issues, contact the CA COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255.
Rady Children’s Hospital: MyChart 
  • You will schedule your second dose at the clinic during your first dose. If you are not scheduled for a second dose at the clinic, you will likely receive a scheduling ticket on MyChart. For further instructions, click here or contact covid19vaccine@rchsd.org.
Sharp Locations: PrepMod
  • You will receive an email with a link that will include available dates and locations for you to schedule your second dose within 7 days from your second dose date.
  • If you have not recieved your second dose link, please email sharpcovidvaccineclinic@sharp.com for further assistance. 
  • For any issues, please contact 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277).
UC San Diego Health: MyChart
  • Download the MyChart App or make an account on the UCSD website by visiting mychart.ucsd.edu to receive your second dose link.
  • If you have done so and still have not received your link, please call 1-619-543-5220 to speak with a MyChart call center agent.