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Vaccine

Thank you for visiting the NIHD Vaccination Information page. This page contains important content on who NIHD is currently vaccinating, information on how to schedule an appointment for your vaccine, forms to complete prior to your vaccination, FAQ’s, maps, and general vaccine info.


Who Is Currently Eligible & Important Details

Inyo County is now vaccinating individuals in what is defined by the CDPH as 1B. Northern Inyo Healthcare District will only be vaccinating individuals in the 65 and older category from 1B. All other individuals in 1B will be vaccinated via Inyo County Health and Human Services and appointments will be coordinated via their employer or Inyo County.

Important Notes:

  • Vaccines are available to the eligible population on a first call, first scheduled appointment basis with an active waitlist. The quantity of available vaccines is based upon the allocation from the State of California and will vary weekly.
  • Vaccinations will be administered in the Main Lobby at Northern Inyo Hospital (150 Pioneer Lane, Bishop, CA 93514)
  • Inyo and Mono County Residents are Eligible
  • You must show a valid California Driver’s License or California Identification Card that states your home address and date of birth
  • You do not need to be a patient of Northern Inyo Healthcare District
  • There is no charge for the COVID-19 vaccine or administration of the vaccine
  • If you have had a positive COVID-19 test in the last 90 days, you are NOT eligible for the vaccine. Please contact your primary care provider for further information.
  • You must be available for your second appointment.
    • Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, 21 days apart.
    • Moderna vaccine, 28 days apart.

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Hotline


Pre Vaccination Forms to Complete

All patients are required to complete the following forms before they receive their vaccination:

  • CDC Prevaccination Checklist
  • Pfizer or Moderna Vaccine Consent Form

Please feel free to download the forms below to make your check-in process faster. When you make your appointment you will be told if you are receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccination which will designate which form you complete.


Important Informational Forms to Review

Please review the forms and resources below in advance of your vaccination.


FAQ’s

Getting Vaccinated

  • How do I make an appointment to get the vaccine?
    • Please call 760-873-2078 to make your appointment if you are in the eligible tier (Currently Individuals 65 and Older). The line is staffed from 9am - 4pm Monday through Friday only. Please refrain from calling the phone line after hours or on the weekends as the line is not staffed.
  • How much will the vaccine cost?
    • There is no charge for the vaccine or the administration of the vaccine.
  • What do I need to bring to get vaccinated?
    • You will need to bring:
      • Proof of Identification that you are an Inyo County or Mono County Resident (Driver’s License or California ID that states your home address)
  • What should I wear?
    • Please wear loose clothing and preferably a short sleeve shirt to make access to your arm easy.
  • What if I am not a patient at Northern Inyo Healthcare District?
    • You do not need to be a patient of Northern Inyo Healthcare District to receive a vaccine.
  • When should I arrive for my appointment?
    • Please plan to arrive no more than 10 minutes in advance of your appointment.
  • Where do I go to get vaccinated? What is the process?
    • We are offering vaccinations in the Main Lobby at Northern Inyo Hospital (150 Pioneer Lane, Bishop, CA 93514)
    • Here is what to expect:
      • Please park in the designated Patient Parking at the Main Entrance of Northern Inyo Hospital
      • Enter via the Main Entrance and please wear a mask
      • You will be greeted at the entrance, asked screening questions and your temperature will be taken by staff
      • Staff will confirm your appointment, check your identification, provide you with consent forms (if not completed in advance) and direct you to the waiting area
      • You will then be called by staff to the vaccine administering area for your shot
      • Please loosen your clothing so that you can expose your upper arm for the nurse to allow for easy administering of the vaccine
      • After your shot, you will be directed to a waiting area and you will need to wait 15 minutes
      • Please wait the full 15 minutes and then staff will give you the vaccination card and let you know when you can exit
  • How long will the appointment be?
    • All patients will be required to wait for a minimum of 15 minutes after receiving the vaccination. After the 15 minutes, you will be given documentation of your vaccination and allowed to leave.
  • How many COVID-19 vaccine doses are needed?
    • Two doses for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, 21 days apart.
    • Two doses for the Moderna vaccine, 28 days apart.
  • How will I know when my second appointment is?
    • You will receive a date and time for your second appointment when you schedule your first dose. You will also receive a phone call reminder prior to your second appointment.
  • Will I receive proof of vaccination?
    • Yes, you will receive a card that will show proof of vaccination.
  • Am I required to take the vaccine?
    • No, it’s completely voluntary.

What to Expect After Vaccination:

  • Will I still need to wear a mask after getting a COVID-19 vaccine?
    • Yes. How much protection the COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions is still unknown. It is important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like:
      • Staying home and isolating from others when sick
      • Wearing masks
      • Washing hands often
      • Social distancing

Together, COVID-19 vaccination and recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. We need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before we change recommendations on mask use.

  • Will the COVID-19 vaccine give me COVID-19?
    • No. The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain coronavirus and cannot give you COVID-19.
  • Will I still need to wear a mask after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
    • Yes. How much protection the COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions is still unknown. It is important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like:
    • Together, COVID-19 vaccination and recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. We need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before we change recommendations on mask use.

  • Will the COVID-19 vaccine make me test positive for COVID-19?
    • No. A vaccine will not cause you to test positive on viral tests.
    • If your body develops an immune response (the goal of vaccination), there is a possibility that you may test positive on antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate that you may have protection against the virus.
  • How is my privacy protected if I take the COVID-19 vaccine?
    • California law strictly limits how personal information about those who are vaccinated can be shared. California negotiated with the federal government to limit the required data sharing to only information that will not allow an individual to be identified.
    • Read more at CDPH’s California Data Use Agreement and Frequently Asked Questions.

Vaccine Limitations

  • I have allergies. Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
    • It is best to check with your primary provider. The CDC does note:
      • If you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in a COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get that specific vaccine.
      • If you have had a severe allergic reaction to other vaccines or injections, you should ask your provider if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine.
      • People with a history of severe allergic reactions not related to vaccines or injections may still get vaccinated. People may get vaccinated even with a:
        • History of allergies to oral medications
        • Family history of severe allergic reactions
        • Milder allergy to vaccines
        • If you have a severe allergic reaction after getting the first shot, you should not get the second shot.
  • Can pregnant or breastfeeding women be vaccinated against COVID-19?
    • Yes. Pregnant women have a higher risk for complications from COVID-19 disease. There are no study results available yet on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant women. However, experts believe that the vaccines are unlikely to pose a risk to the woman or the fetus. Pregnant women can talk with their provider about their risk of COVID-19 disease and how they might benefit from vaccination.
  • Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for children?
    • Currently, COVID-19 vaccines are not recommended for children:
      • Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is for ages sixteen (16) and above
      • Moderna vaccine is for ages eighteen (18) and above.
    • Clinical trials are ongoing to identify a safe vaccine for children.

Vaccine Choice & Effectiveness

  • How effective are the COVID-19 vaccines?
    • Based on large clinical trials, the first two COVID-19 vaccines available have shown 94-95% efficacy against a person becoming ill with COVID-19. This effectiveness may reach its maximum protection several weeks after the second vaccination.
  • Is one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine effective?
    • Getting the second dose of the vaccine will make it more effective. When you receive your first dose, you should schedule the second dose appointment before leaving your doctor’s office.