RRH COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory & Response (3.31.21): Frequently Asked Questions

With news announced from the California Governor’s Office that the majority of Kern County residents, including Ridgecrest, are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (RRH) wants to provide the local community with answers to some frequently asked questions…

Who is currently eligible for vaccination?

  • Anyone over the age of 16 living in Kern County (with the exception of zip codes - 93311, 93312, 93314, 93561, 93531, and 93287)

Where can I find vaccine locations near me?

  • Visit the Kern County Public Health website to find COVID-19 vaccination locations.
  • Click the interactive map or “Find Vaccination Sites Near You” to search and find vaccination sites.
  • Check the site search regularly, as vaccine locations and clinics will be added and removed based on vaccine availability.

How do I schedule an appointment?

  • Visit the Kern County Public Health site and fill out the Check Your Covid-19 Vaccine Eligibility by Zip Code form.
  • After submitting your details, including an eligible zip code, the page will allow you to generate a ‘Personal Clinic Code’.
  • You will then be directed to register for your personal clinic appointment, using your personal clinic code, on the myturn.ca.gov website.

Why are there no appointments available?

  • Despite vaccine eligibility having been expanded, vaccine supply remains scarce and in high demand.
  • RRH encourages our local community to utilize all resources available to them to schedule an appointment and book at the location that becomes first available to them.
  • Check availability on the county website daily, until an appointment becomes available.
  • Ridgecrest and the surrounding area has a number of vaccine providers listed, including: RRH, Albertsons Sav-on, Walgreens, RiteAid.

What vaccines are currently available?
There are currently 3 vaccines currently available:

RRH currently only has the MODERNA vaccine.

Which vaccine is the best to receive?

  • All three vaccines have been authorized by the FDA for emergency use.
  • The best option is the vaccine that becomes available to you.
  • For questions about your medical condition or whether you should get the vaccine, please contact your primary care provider.