COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. The State is prioritizing vaccines for equitable distribution to everyone in California who wants it.  We expect to have enough supplies to vaccinate most Californians in all 58 counties by summer 2021.

Currently, San Bernardino County is distributing vaccinations to Phase 1A: Tiers 1, 2, and 3 and individuals who are 65+.  Vaccines are administered at no cost. The public can follow the phases of the vaccination rollout at sbcovid19.com/vaccine.

January 14, 2021 Update:

On January 14, San Bernardino County announced in a press release that residents age 65 and older are now eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  Vaccine supplies from the State are scarce, so appointments are limited. Seniors can also sign up for email and text notifications to receive alerts about vaccination opportunities and other vaccination news through the "65+ Vaccine Notification Sign Up" link. Those who need assistance with appointments or signing up for notifications can call the COVID-19 hotline from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911.  Vaccinations for County residents 65 and older are now available within Phase 1A of the Vaccination Roadmap, which includes all front-line healthcare workers.  Appointments are available with equal priority to both populations.  

Also coming soon to accommodate all vaccinations tiers, especially those individuals 65 and older, are a variety of new options for County residents to receive the vaccine to complement the sites already in place.  These include mobile vaccination units to serve residents with travel challenges, including seniors and residents in the most remote areas of the 20,000-square-mile County.  Also, community-based vaccinations sites, similar to the many County COVID-19 testing sites, will be available through partnerships with local clinics and healthcare providers.  In addition, a super-site for vaccinations will be announced soon.

How Covid-19 Vaccines Work

Vaccines help our immune system fight infections in the future. COVID-19 vaccines will protect us from the virus that causes COVID-19 without having to get the illness.

It typically takes a few weeks after the last dose in a series to become fully protected. On the days after taking the vaccine, you may have a sore arm, aches, fatigue or fever, but these are not harmful. These symptoms signal that your immune system is developing protection from the virus. 

Benefits of Getting Vaccinated                          

COVID-19 vaccines are meant to prevent you from getting COVID-19 and from spreading it to others. The ability of COVID-19 vaccines to protect us from spreading the virus to others is not yet known, but is being studied carefully.

California Department of Public Health Covid-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet (PDF)
California Department of Public Health Health Workers COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ’s (PDF)  

Phases of Vaccine Allocation and Current County Vaccine Phase

Vaccination Roadmap January 15, 2021

With the goal of making a COVID-19 vaccine available to all persons who choose to receive it, health care officials have developed a phased-approach to first make the vaccine available to high-risk health care workers, skilled nursing and long-term care facilities, and first responders. Vaccinations began on December 16, 2020 in San Bernardino County and are continuing.  The Vaccination Roadmap was updated on January 15, 2021 to reflect that individuals 65 and older are now eligible to receive the vaccine. 

To see the details of each phase, view the COVID-19 Vaccination Roadmap for San Bernardino County. 

Currently, San Bernardino County is distributing vaccinations to Phase 1A: Tiers 1, 2, and 3 and individuals 65 and older (Roadmap not updated yet). 

To maximize vaccine administration and reduce the potential for vaccine wastage, local health departments and providers will immediately administer COVID-19 vaccines to individuals in ALL tiers of Phase 1a. 

After focused and appropriate efforts to reach the individual groups currently prioritized, health departments and providers may offer doses promptly to people in lower priority groups when:

  • Demand subsides in the current groups, or
  • Doses are about to expire according to labeling instructions.

Please note that the phases of vaccine allocation have been proposed by the California Department of Public Health and are subject to change.

Helpful Links to State and County Vaccination Information

San Bernardino County COVID-19 Vaccine Information

California Department of Public Health Vaccine Information