COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION

All Kern County residents 12 years and older are now eligible for the Covid-19 Vaccine.

  • The Pfizer/Comirnaty vaccine has full FDA approval for persons aged 18 and older.
  • The FDA has authorized emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12-17 years of age.
  • Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines are approved under emergency use authorization for anyone aged 18 years and older.

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

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


Now scheduling Pfizer BioNTech/Comirnaty Boosters

The following populations SHOULD RECEIVE a Pfizer/Comirnaty booster shot 6 months following their second dose of their Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine:

  • People 65 years and older;
  • Residents in long-term care settings; and
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions.

The following populations MAY CONSIDER a Pfizer/Comirnaty booster shot 6 months following their second dose of their Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine:

  • People aged 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions; and
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting.

For those who received Moderna or J&J, no booster is authorized at this time, although the FDA are expected to review both vaccines in the coming weeks. RRH will be required to wait for final recommendation review and authorization from CDC ACIP before administering Moderna or J&J boosters.




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?

Walk-in to the RRH Urgent Care clinic ( (760) 499-3800), no appointment needed. Open 7 days a week from 7 AM to 6:30 PM, (8 AM - 5 PM on holidays).

You can also contact our RRH Clinics directly to schedule your vaccine appointment:
- Rural Health Primary Care Clinic (760) 499-3855
- Southern Sierra Medical Clinic (760) 446-6404
Or ask an RRH Provider at your next appointment!

Appointments can also be booked using the state registration system MyTurn:

  • All residents 12 years* and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • 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 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. Pfizer has received full FDA approval. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are authorized 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


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)