COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION

All Kern County residents 12 years and older are now eligible for the Covid-19 Vaccine. The FDA has authorized use of the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12-17 years of age, with the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines being approved for anyone aged 18 years and older.

Remember your actions continue to save lives. Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance, and when it's your turn, get vaccinated.

Please note that all three of the FDA-authorized vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson's Janssen) were 100% effective at preventing severe symptoms related to COVID-19 in clinical trials. We urge you to get whichever vaccine is available to you, wherever you can get the earliest appointment.

For more information, visit the dedicated “Vaccinate Kern” website




Vaccination Schedule & Appointments:

Who is currently eligible for vaccination?

  • Anyone 12 years and older living in Kern County
  • Youth aged 12 to 17 years are currently ONLY authorized by the FDA to receive the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.

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.
  • For individuals aged 12-17, you can also check to see the vaccine type available at each location. 12-17 year olds are currently only authorized by the FDA to receive the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.

How do I schedule an appointment?

RRH has transitioned to the new state-mandated system MyTurn for COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

You can also contact our RRH Clinics directly to schedule your vaccine appointment:

- Urgent Care (760) 499-3800
- Rural Health Primary Care Clinic (760) 499-3855
- Southern Sierra Medical Clinic (760) 446-6404

Or ask an RRH Provider at your next appointment!

  • All residents 12 years* and older are eligible to receive the vaccine in Kern County.
  • If vaccine is available you can schedule an appointment through MyTurn.
  • If no appointments/locations are available, it means there is no local vaccine supply at that time. MyTurn will notify you when appointments are available.
  • Visit MyTurn.ca.gov to register or call the Kern County Public Health Call Center at 661-321-3000 for appointments and assistance.
  • Vaccine supply is still very limited throughout California. Vaccine inventory is linked to the MyTurn system and appointment availability is based on the vaccine supply available at a given time. If vaccine appointments are unavailable locally in MyTurn when you first register, sign up to get notified and check daily.

*12-17 year olds are only authorized to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Visit MyTurn to schedule your appointment:

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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 is currently posting clinics available for all three vaccine types.

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.

Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccine Process:

Where do I go for my vaccine at RRH?

When vaccine supply is available at RRH, appointments will open up in the MyTurn system and scheduled appointments will take place at our drive through vaccination site. In some cases your vaccination appointment may take place at the provider's clinic.

  • A) Drive to back of hospital (see Map)
  • B) Arrive at your scheduled time (not early)
  • C) You will be instructed where to park (follow guidance from team in bright jackets)
  • D) Put your car in park
  • E) You will be checked in, and given consent forms to sign
  • F) You will be vaccinated inside your car
  • G) Please wear comfortable clothing so we can access your shoulder
  • H) You will be asked to wait 15 minutes after vaccination
  • I) A nurse will evaluate you, and you will be released to drive home

Latest RRH Vaccination Updates:

RRH COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE: RRH PREPARES FOR YOUR VACCINATIONS (5.13.21) Read Here

RRH COVID-19 VACCINE ADVISORY & RESPONSE: VACCINE ELIGIBILITY & APPOINTMENTS UPDATE (4.5.21) Read Here

PRESS RELEASE: RIDGECREST REGIONAL HOSPITAL ADDRESSES VACCINE AVAILABILITY, REGISTRATION AND OTHER UPDATES (3.23.21) Read Here

RRH COVID-19 VACCINE ADVISORY & RESPONSE: VACCINATION UPDATE, ELIGIBILITY & APPOINTMENTS (3.22.21) Read Here

RRH COVID-19 VACCINE ADVISORY & RESPONSE: VACCINATION UPDATE (3.12.21) Read Here

RRH COVID-19 VACCINE ADVISORY & RESPONSE: VACCINATION UPDATE (3.5.21) Read Here

COVID-19 VACCINE ADVISORY & RESPONSE: VACCINATION DELIVERY & SUPPLY (1.28.21) Read Here

COVID-19 VACCINE ADVISORY & RESPONSE: VACCINE APPOINTMENT BOOKING, WAITLISTS & CALL-BACKS (1.26.21) Read Here


Facts About COVID-19 Vaccination(CDC)

Understanding How Vaccines Work (CDC)

COVID-19 Vaccine Development (FDA)

What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)

Vaccination Planning (CDPH)

COVID-19 Vaccines and Severe Allergic Reactions

COVID-19 Vaccination Considerations - Underlying Medical Conditions

COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Healthcare Providers (KCPH)