By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– San Bernardino County is further intensifying its efforts to vaccinate the area’s residents aged 65 and older, and make it easier for them to schedule vaccination appointments at its five major public heath vaccination sites:
- Ontario Convention Center
- Arroyo Valley High School, San Bernardino
- Hook Community Center, Victorville
- Hesperia Health Center
- Copper Mountain College, Joshua Tree
“Seniors are most at risk from COVID-19, so our focus is on getting vaccinations in their arms as soon as possible,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Although we are obtaining additional doses from the state, demand for appointments is high, so we are urging residents to sign up to be notified when new appointments become available.”
Senior residents can go to https://sbcovid19.com/vaccine/65plus/#load to sign up to receive alerts announcing appointment availability. The County is also taking additional steps to assist seniors trying to schedule vaccination appointments. For example, it has extended hours for its vaccination hotline (909-387-3911) and is adding staff to handle calls.
“We are making every effort to make this process easy for seniors, many of whom are not experienced computer users. This is an unprecedented effort to provide literally thousands of vaccine doses as quickly as possible,” Hagman said.
The County plans to establish additional vaccination sites as more doses become available, including mobile sites for particularly remote or hard-to-reach areas. In addition, the state itself is setting up additional vaccination sites, via OptumServe, including one at Ayala Park in Bloomington and one at the Yucaipa Community Center. Senior residents interested in scheduling appointments at either of these sites should use a dedicated OptumServe appointment site located here.
Finally, a number of hospitals, pharmacies and physician practices have been provided doses of the vaccines. Residents should check the County’s vaccination webpage often to see if appointments are available. Links to all potential vaccine providers can be found at https://sbcovid19.com/vaccine/.