HOW-TO GUIDE: Finding and scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment

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Posted at 1:05 PM, Feb 01, 2021

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — With the coronavirus vaccine becoming available to eligible San Diego County residents, the county is offering resources to get shots in arms.

The county is offering vaccines to residents who don't have a healthcare provider or are unable to get one from a doctor. There are a few other ways, including grocery stores, that residents could try to get an appointment.

How to schedule appointments

To schedule an appointment, public health officials advise contacting your health provider first and wait to be notified by them.

For those unable to get a vaccination from a healthcare provider, the county is offering vaccinations to eligible groups at county-run sites. Appointments and proof of eligibility are required at all sites. To make an appointment, head to the county's COVID-19 website here. Space is limited but appointment slots are updated regularly.

A map of county-run sites is available here where you can choose a site and schedule an appointment.

For a step-by-step guide in signing up for an appointment at a site, see the links below to learn how to use the MyTurn, MyChart, or PrepMod systems to do so:

Who to call if you can't get an appointment

If you are 75 or older and do not have access to a computer or someone to assist in finding an appointment, 2-1-1 San Diego is available to help. The county says 211 can help set up an appointment or find a healthcare provider but is only serving those 75 and older with these services due to the high volume of calls at this time.

Several grocery store chains are also offering COVID-19 vaccines by appointment, including: Vons | Ralphs | CVS | Walgreens

Scheduling a second dose appointment

According to the County of San Diego, how to schedule your second appointment could differ depending on where you got the first one. But, if someone was not able to schedule a second dose when they got their first, they should get an email to schedule a second dose within five days of the due date.

If someone doesn't get an email, they can complete this online form through 2-1-1 San Diego to schedule a second dose appointment. Officials say patients should check all of their email folders to make sure they didn't miss an email before submitting the form.


To sign up for a notification for when you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 in California, you can sign up on the state's MyTurn website here. When you are eligible, the site will also allow you to schedule an appointment.

For more information and general questions on COVID-19 resources in California, you can call the state's hotline at 833-422-4255. The hotline is open daily, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The county says community health workers, known as promotoras, will reach out directly to people 65 and older in National City, Chula Vista, Imperial City, and San Ysidro to help them make vaccination appointments.

The MTS is also offering free rides to people with proof of a vaccination appointment. 2-1-1 San Diego and promotoras can also arrange for transportation if needed.

If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.