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. Scripps Health will soon be offering the reformulated COVID vaccine. Check back for updates.  
  • 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 will soon be offered by appointment and by walk-in at select Scripps HealthExpress locations throughout San Diego County. 

Appointments are currently 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 will be exclusively offering the reformulated Moderna vaccine. 

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