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Where to get a COVID-19 vaccine

The free COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all Californians 12 years and older. Although the state has expanded eligibility, supply and available appointments may vary by provider and county.

Some reminders:

  1. The COVID-19 vaccine is free, no matter where you go.
  2. The state has opened eligibility for all Californians 12 years and older.
  3. Eligibility and appointment scheduling may vary by provider, county, and state.
  4. It’s recommended to make an appointment to get the vaccine, but many drop-in/walk-up appointments may now be available. Check your local public health department for more details for walk-up appointments. 

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

There are a few ways to find a vaccine provider:

My Turn — California’s online statewide registry

This site continues to be updated regularly by the state with more vaccine providers and appointments.

Anyone in California can use My Turn to get vaccinated. You don’t need insurance. You don’t need to be a citizen.

  • Sign up for email or text alerts to get notified when appointments are available near you. (Note: For text alerts, you must have a cell phone with text messaging). 
  • If you don’t have email or a cell phone with text messaging, you can call (833) 422-4255, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to sign up. 
  • All vaccine clinics in California must ensure sites and services are accessible in accordance with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements. You can request accommodations that may be needed through My Turn.

Vaccine Finder

Vaccine Finder is a free, online service where you can search for locations that offer vaccinations. It’s managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will add more vaccination sites as vaccine supply increases.

Your county or local public health department website

These sites may let you sign up for updates for where you live. They may also list community-based immunization sites.

You may also find details on vaccination “super-sites” in your area. 

Your healthcare provider

Call your doctor or check their website to see if they have appointments available.

Multi-county health groups may have details online about which groups they are vaccinating:

Community pop-up clinics

Pop-up clinics may also be available in specific areas throughout the state that can reach the most affected. Local community partners will be contacting people eligible to be vaccinated at their clinics directly. 

Retail pharmacies

Some pharmacies have vaccine appointments. But you must meet eligibility criteria. Check the pharmacy websites below. You must make an appointment.

Large Retail Pharmacy Location Links
Albertsons/Osco/Savon Pharmacies Store locator
Vaccine info
CVS Pharmacy®
including CVS pharmacies in Target stores

CVS MinuteClinic®
(Non-Medicare PPO plans only)
Store locator
Vaccine info
Costco Store locator
Vaccine info
Ralphs Store locator and vaccine info
Rite-Aid Store locator and vaccine info
Safeway Store locator
Vaccine info
Vons Store locator
Vaccine info
Walgreens Store locator
Vaccine info
Walmart Store locator
Vaccine info

Out-of-state residents

If you live outside of California and are a Blue Shield member, please check your state or local public health site. You can also find state-specific info on the CDC’s website. As vaccines become more widely available, you can also check the CDC’s Vaccine Finder.

Last updated: 5/25/2021

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