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Where and How to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine in San Diego County

Here's a look at all vaccination sites across San Diego

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San Diego County is now administering coronavirus vaccines to all residents age 12 and older. Here's a breakdown of how and where you can get your COVID-19 shot.

Vaccinations in San Diego: What to Know Before You Go

The county says those who are eligible for the vaccine should first contact their doctor or medical provider. If you can’t get a COVID-19 vaccine from your doctor, you can use one of the county vaccine sites.

San Diego County has released this interactive map that can help you see where you may be able to receive a coronavirus vaccine. You can enter your address, city or zip code to find vaccination sites within a 100-mile radius.

As of April 27, appointments or walk-ins will be welcome at all county-run vaccination sites.

Free rides are now offered by San Diego County public transportation systems to COVID-19 vaccine sites, the Metropolitan Transit System and North County Transit District announced.

Those with an email confirmation proving they are scheduled to get the vaccine will be eligible for a free ride to a vaccination site the day of their appointment. The confirmation can be shown via smartphone or be printed.

Experts say herd immunity won't be possible until most of those who are eligible for the vaccine actually get their shots. NBC 7 anchors Catherine Garcia and Mark Mullen breaks down how Thursday's expansion impacts everyone, and how we got to this point.

Eligibility and Types of Coronavirus Vaccines Available in San Diego County:

Coronavirus vaccines rolled out in San Diego County on Dec. 14, 2020.

At first, the county worked its way through groups through a phased system -- Phase 1A, followed by Phase 1B, then Phase 1C.

Eligibility for Phase 2 opened up on April 1 with anyone age 50+ eligible for the vaccine and then on April 15, eligibility expanded to those 16+

On May 13, San Diego County health officials began offering Pfizer's COVID-29 vaccine to kids ages 12 to 15 after the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it recommends usage of the Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds.

Pfizer is the only coronavirus vaccine approved for those under 18 right now.

Soon, California is expanding its coronavirus vaccine eligibility more than ever. Two key dates to remember: April 1 and April 15. NBC 7's Audra Stafford shares what you should know.

Vaccination sites have been offering both the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and the J&J vaccine.

To get the Pfizer vaccine, you must be 12 and older. Two doses are needed, with the second dose recommended 21 days after the first dose. To get the Moderna vaccine, you must be 18 and older. Two doses are needed of this one, too, with the second dose recommended 28 days after the first dose.

The one-dose J&J vaccine was paused in San Diego County while the CDC and FDA reviewed data involving six reported cases of people in the U.S. who developed a rare and severe blood clot after getting the vaccine. On April 27, the J&J vaccine resumed in San Diego County after the CDC said the benefits of using the one-dose coronavirus vaccine outweighed the risk.

If you’re 12 through 17 years old, you must select from a local vaccination site offering the Pfizer vaccine only and have your parent or legal guardian schedule your appointment to provide consent to receive the vaccine.

All eligible minors may visit a vaccination site without an appointment and without bringing any documentation (photo ID and proof of age) IF a parent, legal guardian, or relative caregiver is with them at the site.

If a minor will not have an adult present with them at the vaccination site, an appointment needs to be made AND their parent or legal guardian will need to complete the Consent Form for Minors to provide their consent in advance. Parental consent is required for all eligible minors to be vaccinated.

To view the consent forms, click here.

COVID-19 Vaccination Card:

An official CDC COVID-19 vaccination card will be given to you when you receive your first dose of the vaccine. Keep this vaccination card in a safe place and bring it with you to your second dose appointment.

The vaccination card will list the following:

  • The type of vaccine you received.
  • The date you received it.
  • Where you received it.
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Elders or those who don't have access to a computer can call 2-1-1 to schedule an appointment.

NOTE: It is recommended that you use a browser other than Internet Explorer to complete your appointment registration.

All vaccine sites are weather permitted, call 211 to double-check which ones are open or visit the county's website.


San Diego County Community Vaccination Locations

All county community locations will be providing about 500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines per day. County locations are managed using MyTurn. NOTE: If a location does not appear in Myturn, there are no appointments available but they may accept walk-ins on a first-come, first served basis.

Appointment Instructions:

  • At the time of your appointment, you must present a photo ID/documentation that establishes you meet the eligibility requirements outlined above to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. 
  • After your vaccine has been administered, you will be asked to remain at the location for a 15-minute observation period.
  • Before leaving, you will be provided a vaccination card
  • You will be required to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines for the duration of your visit. 

Second Vaccination Appointment Instructions:

  • 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.

Locations:

To schedule an appointment at the locations below, click here or call 2-1-1.

  • Viejas Arena, San Diego's College Area, 5130 Canyon Crest Drive, San Diego, CA 92182
    • This site opens on the heels of the closure of the Petco Park Vaccination Super Station and will aim to administer 1,500 – depending on supply.
    • This site is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • North Coastal Health and Human Services Agency, 1701 Mission Ave., Oceanside
    • This larger site replaces the other Oceanside location at North Coastal Live Well Center
    • This site is open Sunday through Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m.
  • City of San Diego Vaccination Program, Balboa Park POD, 2111 Pan American Plaza, 92101
    • This walk-thru site is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. It is located inside the Municipal Gymnasium at Balboa Park, next to the Aerospace Museum.
  • East Public Health Center, 367 N. Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon, 92020
    • This site is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 8 p.m.
  • Operation Collaboration - Cuyamaca College, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, 92019
    • This walk-thru site is open Sunday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Linda Rhoades Recreation Center, 600 North Santa Fe Ave, 92084
    • This walk-thru site is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • This site is also a COVID-19 testing site
  • Lemon Grove Community Center, 3146 School Lane, Lemon Grove, CA 91945
    • This walk-thru site will be open on Sundays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Sharp - City of Coronado, 1845 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118
    • This walk-thru site is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • This site is managed by Sharp Healthcare. Click here for instructions.
  • Tubman-Chavez Community Center, 415 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114
    • This site is open Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • San Diego, Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, 92114
    • This site opens on May 13 and will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Copley-Price YMCA, 4300 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92105
    • This site will be open Mondays from 9 a.m. through 3:30 p.m.
  • Mexican Consulate, 1549 India St, 92101
    • This site is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • This site also serves as a testing site.
  • Martin Luther King Community Center, 140 E. 12th Street, National City, 91950
    • This site is open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • South Region Live Well Center, 690 Oxford Street, Chula Vista, 91911
    • This site is open Sunday through Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m.
  • Imperial Beach City Hall, 825 Imperial Beach Boulevard, Imperial Beach, 91932
    • This site is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Southwestern College Higher Education Center, 460 W. San Ysidro Blvd, San Ysidro, 92173
    • This site is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Border View Family YMCA, 3601 Arey Dr., Otay Mesa, CA, 92154
    • This site is open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • This site can handle up to 1,000 doses a day and is zip code restricted. No appointments are necessary.
    • To view which zip codes, click here
  • Mar Vista High School, 524 Imperial Beach Blvd, Imperial Beach, CA 91932
    • This site is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Events

San Diego County is offering mobile vaccination sites across the county. The mobile sites are offering J&J vaccines. The sites will rotate and most will open every three weeks. They will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on their respective dates:

  • 6/26/2021: Rancho Buena Vista High School, 1601 Longhorn Dr, Vista, CA 92081
  • 6/26/2021: Vista Farmer's Market, 325 S Melrose Dr, 92081
  • 6/26/2021: San Diego Padres Gallagher Square, J St & Ninth Ave,  92101 (4-8 p.m. for game ticket holders only)
  • 6/27/2021: Sprouts Farmers Market Chula Vista, 690 3rd Ave, 91910
  • 6/27/2021: Escondido World Marketplace, 635 W Mission Ave, 92025
  • 6/28/2021: Casa Familiar, 3604 Beyer Blvd, San Diego, CA 92173
  • 6/29/2021:Community Research Foundation - East Corner Clubhouse, 1060 Estes St, 92020
  • 6/29/2021:Old Town Trolley Tours, 4010 Twiggs St, 92101
  • 6/29/2021: North County Lifeline, 200 Michigan Ave, 92084
  • 6/30/2021: Justice Overcoming Boundaries, 1445 Conway Dr 92027
  • 6/30/2021: Poway Business Park Association - Sportsplex, 12349 McIvers Court, 92064
  • 6/30/2021: City of Oceanside, Neighborhood Services Department, Parks and Recreation Division - Senior Center, 455 Country Club Ln, 92054
  • 6/30/2021: St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 8350 Lake Murray Blvd, 92119

Pharmacies

  • CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens pharmacies are offering COVID-19 vaccines by appointment only at select locations in San Diego County, with plans to expand as supply grows.
    • Schedule at CVS: click here and choose your state of residence. Click "schedule an appointment now" and after answering a series of questions about yourself you can schedule appointments at nearby pharmacies on one or two days depending on if you need both doses or just the second.
    • Schedule at Rite Aid: Click here to start. After filling out some basic personal information, you will be shown a map of Rite Aid locations within 50 miles of your ZIP code. Choose one, then select an available date and time, and you can confirm your appointment after filling out some basic medical information.
    • Schedule at Walgreens: To schedule an appointment with Walgreens you must have a registered online account. If you don't have one, click here.

San Diego County Partner Vaccination Locations:

  • Rady Children's Hospital, 8001 Frost Street, San Diego, 92123
    • Click here for site-specific instructions
    • This site is open from Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. through 3 p.m.

Second Vaccination Appointment Instructions: 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.


San Diego County's Vaccination Super Stations:

Super stations aim to administer up to 5,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine every day, according to the county. There are currently four locations in San Diego County (the fifth, UC San Diego Health's super station at UCSD RIMAC, closed on June 2, 2021).

  • Chula Vista's South Bay Super Station managed by Sharp Healthcare - 565 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910 (Old Sears location) Will close on June 27.
    • This site is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Second Vaccination Appointment Instructions for Sharp locations: You will receive an email with a link that will include available dates and locations for you to schedule your second dose within seven days from your second dose date. 

  • Del Mar Super Station at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA
    • This site will be open on Monday 6/21 and Tuesday 06/29 from 8 a.m. through 12 p.m. The last day of vaccinations at this location is June 29.  
    • Appointments must be made and can be either walk-up or drive-thru. No-cost parking will be offered on-site for those who prefer to walk in.
    • This vaccine site is managed by the county using MyTurn. Click here for site-specific instructions.

NOW CLOSED:

The county's first-ever vaccination super station opened in mid-January at 1235 K St. in downtown San Diego, near Petco Park. The site was open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until its final day, which was March 20, 2021.

The North Central Super Station at UCSD RIMAC (9730 Hopkins Dr.) was open 7 days a week for many months but gave its final doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on June 2, 2021. This was one of five super stations in San Diego County and was managed by UC San Diego Health. Over the course of its run, it administered nearly 200,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine to San Diego residents.

San Marcos Super Station at California State University-San Marcos is now closed. It was open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

La Mesa Super Station at Sharp-Grossmont Center Mall is now closed. The site was open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

NBC 7's Claudette Stefanian reports form UC San Diego on the last day of operation at its vaccination site.
San Diego's Petco Park vaccination super station will once again close starting Saturday due to a nationwide shortage of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, a county spokesperson confirmed to NBC 7.

For further details, visit the county's website.

Here's how many vaccinations have been administered in California

California COVID-19 Vaccinations

The map tracks the number of doses administered by a recipient's county of residence according to the The California Department of Public Health.

Source: The statewide totals for doses administered reflect Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. Otherwise we used data from the California Department of Public Health
Amy O’Kruk/NBC

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