COVID-19 Update: Vaccine notifications will go through MyScripps and email — please do not call your doctor. Learn more.

Updated Jan. 19, 2021 — We have begun vaccinating Scripps Health patients ages 65 and over. When we are ready to schedule your vaccination, we will notify you through your MyScripps account or through email. You will need a MyScripps account to make a vaccine appointment, so sign up today if you haven’t already. Supplies are very limited, so appointments may already be filled. We appreciate your patience. Please do not call your physician’s office or our nurse line, as they cannot schedule COVID-19 vaccines for you. We will continue to update you as we receive more information.

Vaccine tiers

At Scripps, we’re following government guidance in how we administer vaccines. Learn more about the vaccines, their potential side effects, and how the government is asking us to prioritize distribution.

CDC Vaccine FAQs | Vaccine Tiers

How to schedule your vaccination

How to schedule your vaccination

The health and well-being of our patients are our top priority at Scripps, especially during this pandemic, so we are pleased to begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine to those age 65 or older.

You will need to have a MyScripps account to make a vaccine appointment, so please sign up for one today if you haven’t already. This is the best thing that you can do in order to be prepared and to receive notifications. 

We understand how important it is to you to receive this vaccine. However, Scripps has a limited supply available at this time, so appointments are being offered through our MyScripps patient portal on a first-come, first-served basis, and we are unable to accept any walk-ins. Additional appointment slots will be added for those 65 and older as more vaccines become available. Please do not call your physician’s office as they cannot schedule these vaccines for you.

Please note: We are able to schedule vaccinations for Scripps Health patients only. If you are 65 or older and a patient of another health care system, please wait for a message from your own care provider. Alternatively, the county is opening up vaccination sites where you may be able to obtain your vaccine as they have more available to them. Visit for more details.

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The science behind COVID vaccines

The science behind COVID vaccines

  • mRNA vaccines — Vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer are mRNA vaccines, a new approach to vaccinations.
  • Vaccine safety — The FDA has granted Emergency Use Authorizations for two COVID-19 vaccines, which have been shown to be safe and effective.
  • Vaccine dosage — mRNA vaccines are administered in two doses, with the second shot given three to four weeks after the first.
  • What to expectSide effects include fever, body aches and fatigue. These minor reactions mean your immune system is working.
  • Vaccinations in the US — See how many total doses have been administered so far.

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