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

The COVID-19 Vaccine: What to Know

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.

FAQs on the coronavirus vaccines

A medical professional wearing gloves draws up a vaccine into a syringe from a glass vial, representing the newly approved COVID-19 vaccines.

FAQs on the coronavirus vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccine has begun rolling out across the country, bringing a sense of relief along with many questions. Scripps physicians, nurses and staff receive dozens of questions daily about the vaccine’s safety, effectiveness, availability and more. 

“We know there is a lot of information in the media and social media about the vaccine, and not all of it is accurate,” says Ghazala Sharieff, MD, MBA, Scripps chief medical officer, clinical excellence and experience and co-chair of the Scripps COVID-19 Advisory Vaccine Committee. “It is important to get factual information from a source you can trust. Scripps is here to help you understand how the vaccine works and how it will be distributed.” 

Vaccine supplies are limited in the initial roll-out. Currently, only the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19. However, there are two other large-scale (Phase 3) clinical trials in progress or being planned for COVID-19 vaccines in the United States — AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine and Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine.