It’s a toss-up between a waiting game and a guessing game for Covid-19 vaccinations in Monterey County. With limited vaccine doses flowing in from the state and federal governments, many residents are left waiting for their turn. Once it is their turn, it can be a bit of a guessing game trying to figure out the how and where of finding a vaccination clinic.
The Weekly compiled this guide to make things a little easier for anyone interested in receiving a Covid-19 vaccination, even if they have a long wait. Save this guide for future use and pay attention for updates as the vaccination situation unfolds. As we’ve learned in this pandemic, change comes often.
AM I ELIGIBLE FOR A VACCINATION?
As of Feb. 17 in Monterey County, the following people are eligible under guidelines set by the California Department of Public Health and the Monterey County Health Department:
- Health care workers
- Residents age 75 and above
- Residents age 65-74 in the following industries: food and agriculture; education and childcare; emergency services
- Residents age 65-74 in the following zip codes, based on health equity standards set by the CDPH:
- North County: 95012, 95039, 95076
- Peninsula & Big Sur: 93933, 93955
- Salinas: 93901, 93905, 93906
- South County: 93926, 93927, 93930, 93960
As of March 3 the rest of Phase 1b opened up to:
- Residents ages 65-74, regardless of where they work or live
- Those at risk for occupational exposure in agriculture, food, childcare, education and emergency services regardless of age.
On March 17 in Monterey County opened up to those ages 16-64 with certain medical conditions or disabilities.
On March 25, the state announced that all people ago 50 and above will be eligible on April 1. All people age 16 and above will be eligible on April 15.
Visit myturn.ca.gov to determine if you are eligible. If you are not, you can indicate that you want to be notified when you do become eligible.
HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
County health officials encourage people with primary care physicians to call your doctor directly. Not all doctors are carrying the vaccines, but some in larger clinics might. For others, the list below includes links and phone numbers. Pro tip: Try searching for an appointment first thing in the morning. Be persistent.
- Monterey County Health Department, Natividad Medical Center, Mee Memorial Hospital: mcvaccinate.com (use the Chrome browser)
- Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula: bit.ly/chomp-covid-vaccines
- CVS Pharmacy: cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine
- Safeway Pharmacy: mhealthappointments.com/covidappt
- Rite Aid Pharmacy: riteaid.com/pharmacy/covid-qualifier
- Walgreens Pharmacy: walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine
- Alisal Pharmacy: 831-424-7321
- Pharmaca: pharmacarx.com/covid-vaccine-faqs
- Alliance on Aging: This nonprofit is working with the Visiting Nurses Association on scheduling pop-up clinics. For English, call 831-646-4931; for Spanish, 831-646-5043. For more information, go to allianceonaging.org.
- Veterans Administration: 650-496-2535
More sites will become available as additional vaccines arrive in the county. Pay attention to news updates, as occasionally pop-up clinics will be announced.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE COMPUTER ACCESS?
The 211 service by United Way Monterey County is helping people with no computer access or skills to sign up over the phone. Dial 211, and follow instructions for accessing the vaccination help desk. A representative will do the registration process for you. This service is only for those who truly cannot sign up on their own via the internet.
The representatives at 211 are using the county’s vaccine registration website. If appointments are full, you will be told to call back another day.
WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
- Monterey County Covid-19 call center: ca; 831-769-8700, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- United Way: call 211
- For seniors, call the Alliance on Aging: English, 831-646-4931; Spanish, 831-646-5043
- For veterans, call the Monterey County Military and Veterans Affairs Office: 831-647-7613
WILL THE VACCINATION COST ME ANYTHING?
The vaccine itself is provided at no cost to recipients, paid for by taxpayers through the federal government.
The agency, physician or pharmacy administering the vaccine may charge an administration fee, which in turn may be covered by health insurance. For uninsured patients, whoever is giving your vaccine can get the fee reimbursed through a federal fund.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO MY APPOINTMENT?
Proof of age and in some cases, like health care workers, proof of profession. Proof of profession could include things like an ID badge or pay stub combined with a photo ID. Documents showing residency are not required. If you have insurance, MediCal or Medicare bring that information too, just in case.
Documents accepted to prove age (bring one):
- Driver’s license
- California ID card or REAL ID card
- Social Security card
- Military ID
WHAT ABOUT A SECOND DOSE?
If you get your shot through Monterey County, you'll be sent an email about one week after your first shot to make an appointment for the second. Some pharmacies will let you make the appointment at the time of your first shot. If you can’t keep the second appointment, call the agency that administered the vaccine as soon as possible to reschedule.
¿DONDE PUEDO ENCONTRAR INFORMACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL?
- El condado de Monterey tiene información en inglés y español: mcvaccinate.com
- O llame al: 831-769-8700
- *Nota: Para cambiar el lenguaje en la página de internet del condado de Monterey. Vaya a la parte superior derecha de la página. Dele click a “Select language.” Seleccione “Spanish” y verá el contenido en español.
WHERE ARE THE VACCINATION CLINICS?
Currently there is no agency or clinic that will take walk-ins without an appointment. That may come at a later date, should there be enough vaccines for the county, state or federal government to set up a mass vaccination site.
Here’s a list of current clinic locations for reference. See the images below from the Health Department listing more locations.
- CHOMP: 23625 Holman Highway, Monterey
- Montage Wellness Center: 2920 2nd Ave., Marina
- Natividad Medical Center: Building 400 Suite 101, 1441 Constitution Blvd., Salinas
- Mee Memorial Hospital: Room 19, 300 Canal St., King City
- Safeway Pharmacies: 1546 N. Main St. and 1516 Constitution Blvd., both in Salinas
- CVS Pharmacies: Monterey and Salinas, specific locations provided upon registration at cvs.com/covid-19-vaccine
- Rite Aid Pharmacies: See attached image
- Walgreens Pharmacies: walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine
- CSUMB Lot 59, sometimes used by the Health Department as a drive-thru clinic
- Major General William H. Gourley VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic: 201 9th St., Marina; for veterans already in the VA system only.