Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Patients

What you need to know

  • Updated COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for everyone 6 months and older and should be available at most places you would normally go to get your vaccines. You can also visit the MyScripps patient portal to schedule an appointment.  
  • Older adults and persons with weakened immune systems are at greatest risk for hospitalization and death. In addition, healthy children and adults can still experience severe disease.
  • The updated vaccines should work well against currently circulating variants of COVID-19, including BA.2.86, and continue to be the best way to protect yourself against severe disease.
  • The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination continue to outweigh any potential risks. Serious reactions after COVID-19 vaccination are rare.
  • Most Americans can still get a COVID-19 vaccine for free. For people with health insurance, most plans will cover COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to you.  
  • The previous bivalent vaccines are no longer approved for use.

Vaccine guidelines

  • CDC recommends that everyone aged 6 years and older should get 1 updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to be up to date.
  • People aged 65 years and older may get a 2nd dose of updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
  • People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may get additional doses of updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Children aged 6 months–5 years may need multiple doses of COVID-19 vaccine to be up to date, including at least 1 dose of updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, depending on the number of doses they’ve previously received and their age.
  • COVID-19 vaccine recommendations will be updated as needed.

How do I schedule an appointment? 

Updated COVID-19 vaccine doses are available by appointment and by walk-in at select Scripps HealthExpress locations throughout San Diego County. 

Appointments are also available at locations throughout San Diego County. Individuals without access to a computer or someone to assist them can call the California Department of Public Health COVID-19 hotline at 833-422-4255. Operators are available who speak English and Spanish, and can access a third-party translator for more than 250 additional languages.

What types of COVID-19 vaccines does Scripps offer?

Scripps exclusively offers the reformulated Moderna vaccine.

Can I get the COVID vaccine along with other vaccines?

There is no recommended waiting period between getting a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines. You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including a flu vaccine and an RSV vaccine at the same time.

Digital vaccine record 

Vaccine FAQs