County Making Vaccines Easier and More Convenient

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– To get as many of our residents vaccinated as possible, San Bernardino County continues to add new locations and is even launching a new vaccination pop-up program to create excitement around taking “Our Shot for Hope.”

Three testing sites in Montclair, Rancho Cucamonga, and San Bernardino have been converted into new full-time vaccination locations. The County is also testing the effectiveness of new Fire & Ice Cream pop-up vaccine events in conjunction with the County Fire Department that will offer vaccinations along with free churros and ice cream.

Fire & Ice Cream vaccine events

The goal behind the Fire & Ice Cream events is to bring vaccinations to the neighborhood level by hosting pop-up vaccination events in neighborhood parks. Appointments will not be available for these pop-up events – walk-ups only.

The events will start with a street parade of County fire trucks, the County mobile vaccine van, an ice cream truck and a churro wagon. The convoy will drive slowly through neighborhood streets, with a firefighter announcing via PA where to go for a vaccine and free churros and ice cream.

There is a Fire and Ice Cream parade and vaccination event scheduled for this Saturday, May 8, at Nunez Park in San Bernardino (1717 West 5th Street), with the parade in surrounding streets starting at 12:30 p.m., and vaccinations and snack distribution from 2 to 6 p.m. at the park. The County team conducted a preview run today, much to the community’s delight.

“Fire and Ice (Cream) is an example how committed we are to making vaccines available across the county, especially in vulnerable or hard to reach neighborhoods,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We’re very happy to be doing this in conjunction with our County Fire Department. Firefighters are trusted heroes in our communities, and nothing draws attention like fire trucks and ice cream trucks!”

New vaccine sites converted from testing

The converted testing sites allow residents to access a vaccine site in everyday locations where they may already be shopping, attending school or running errands. And while appointments are always encouraged, walk-ups to County-operated sites are now welcome too. COVID-19 testing will still be available at these sites on Mondays.

The Pfizer vaccine will be offered at ongoing sites, while the “one and done” Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be given at the Adelanto event (which runs this week only).

Montclair Place (5060 E North Montclair Plaza Lane, Montclair)

Register or walk-up anytime, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

National Orange Show Event Center (689 South E Street, San Bernardino)

Register or walk-up anytime, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Rancho Cucamonga Sports Complex (8303 Rochester Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga)

Register or walk-up anytime, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Columbia Middle School (14409 Aster Road, Adelanto)

Register or walk-up through May 7 only, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As a reminder, while walk-up individuals will not need to bring any additional information to a site, they should be prepared to register in person, which will include answering health screening questions. Walk-ups may experience longer wait times and availability may vary based on site demand.

For a list of sites, visit sbcovid19.com/vaccine and find a location nearest to you.

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