COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Vaccine Distribution in Inyo County
Effective May 13, 2021: Vaccine eligibility has opened up to ANYONE 12 years of age and older.
Currently Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for those age 12 years of age and older.
Inyo County Public Health is working to identify additional Pfizer clinic opportunities throughout the county; when available, information will be included on this webpage, in future vaccine update emails (sent every week) and on Instagram.
All three COVID-19 vaccines are FREE of cost:
- If an individual has health insurance, vaccine providers are able to charge insurance an administration fee.
- If you do not have insurance, you will not be charged anything for the vaccine.
Anyone can receive the vaccine: Public Health and all vaccine providers are not asking about or sharing immigration status with any organizations. We are committed to providing a safe place for everyone to receive the vaccine.
You do not need to be a resident of Inyo County or have citizenship to receive the vaccine; you just need to prove that you are: over the age of 12 | please see parent/guardian requirements below for individuals age 12-17
Inyo County COVID-19 Vaccine providers are currently offering:
Inyo County Public Health
is requiring parent or guardian consent for everyone between
12-17 years of age
In accordance with federal and state guidelines, we are expanding eligibility to patients aged 12-17 years old.
Beginning Thursday, May 13 at 8:00 am PT, all clinics offering the Pfizer vaccine will show availability and open appointments (as applicable) for patients as young as 12 years old.
You will see several updates across MyTurn.ca.gov (the system used to book vaccine appointments throughout California) to account for the expanded eligibility.
See below for the updated consent requirements within the MyTurn appointment system, which differ based on the age of the patient:
- A parent or guardian (18+) will be required to attest that they are scheduling for the minor.
- Parent/Guardian name and phone number are required; address is optional.
- Parent/Guardian name, phone number, and address are optional.
When can I get the vaccine?
Vaccine eligibility has opened up to ALL residents 12 years of age and older.
Currently Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for those 12 years of age or older.
Inyo County Public Health is working to identify additional Pfizer clinic opportunities throughout the county; when available, information will be included in future vaccine update emails (subscribe button to the right) and on this webpage.
Inyo County is following federal and state guidance to determine vaccine eligibility. These priorities are subject to change based on changing guidance.
Persons who have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days
If you have already had COVID-19, you may have some natural immunity from reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19. However, it is unknown how long this immunity lasts.
Since reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is possible, it is recommended that you get a COVID-19 vaccine even if you have already had the disease. It is important to note that if you have already had COVID-19, you should wait 90 days after your diagnosis until you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Who should NOT get the vaccine?
Persons with a history of allergic reactions
If you have a history of severe allergic reactions (i.e. Anaphylactic Shock) not related to vaccines, you may be able to get the vaccine but should consult first with your doctor prior to getting vaccinated and you should be monitored for 30 minutes after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
If you have a history of allergic reactions to vaccines, you should consult with your doctor before getting the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have a history of allergic reaction to any ingredient in a COVID-19 vaccine you should not get that particular vaccine but may be able to get a different COVID-19 vaccine. If you have a history of allergic reaction to polysorbate you should not get any mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
If you have an allergic reaction immediately after receiving your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, talk to your doctor before you get the second dose.
What about children?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for individuals age 12-17 for the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine. Inyo County Public Health is requiring parent or guardian consent for any minors who are interested in being vaccinated.
For more information about the Pfizer vaccine, we recommend you read the downloadable Pfizer COVID-19 Fact Sheet PDF (below)
What should I do when waiting for vaccine?
Continue following prevention guidelines. Guideline recommendation and requirements are being updated frequently.
Even after being fully vaccinated, you mustcontinue to follow all CDPH masking guidelines.
All of the available vaccines have been shown to be safe and very effective in large studies that involved a diverse mix of people. The vaccines reduce the risk of people getting sick and are 100% effective in preventing death from the COVID-19 virus.
For specific COVID-19/Vaccine questions, please:
- email email@example.com
- call the Inyo County Vaccine Info Voicemail* at
*the phone line is not staffed;
callbacks are conducted throughout the week
The only vaccine currently authorized by the FDA-EUA for people age 12 and over
For more information about the Pfizer vaccine, we recommend you read the downloadable Pfizer COVID-19 Fact Sheet PDF.
Moderna: 2-Dose vaccine
Authorized by the FDA-EUA for people age 18 and over
For more information about the Moderna vaccine, we recommend you read the downloadable Moderna COVID-19 Fact Sheet PDF.
J&J/Janssen: 1-Dose vaccine
Authorized by the FDA-EUA for people age 18 and over
For more information about the Janssen vaccine, we recommend you read the downloadable Janssen COVID-19 Fact Sheet PDF.
Messenger RNA vaccines—also called mRNA vaccines—are some of the first COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States.
New Approach to Vaccines
mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.
A Closer Look at How COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines Work
COVID-19 mRNA vaccines give instructions for our cells to make a harmless piece of what is called the “spike protein.” The spike protein is found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19.
- First, COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are given in the upper arm muscle. Once the instructions (mRNA) are inside the immune cells, the cells use them to make the protein piece. After the protein piece is made, the cell breaks down the instructions and gets rid of them.
- Next, the cell displays the protein piece on its surface. Our immune systems recognize that the protein doesn’t belong there and begin building an immune response and making antibodies, like what happens in natural infection against COVID-19.
- At the end of the process, our bodies have learned how to protect against future infection. The benefit of mRNA vaccines, like all vaccines, is those vaccinated gain this protection without ever having to risk the serious consequences of getting sick with COVID-19.
Facts about COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines
They cannot give someone COVID-19.
- mRNA vaccines do not use the live virus that causes COVID-19.
They do not affect or interact with our DNA in any way.
- mRNA never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA (genetic material) is kept.
- The cell breaks down and gets rid of the mRNA soon after it is finished using the instructions.
COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines Will Be Rigorously Evaluated for Safety
mRNA vaccines are safe and effective.
mRNA vaccines have been held to the same rigorous safety and effectiveness standards [332 KB, 24 pages]external icon as all other types of vaccines in the United States. The only COVID-19 vaccines the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will make available for use in the United States (by approval or emergency use authorization) are those that meet these standards.
mRNA Vaccines Are New, But Not Unknown
Researchers have been studying and working with mRNA vaccines for decades. Interest has grown in these vaccines because they can be developed in a laboratory using readily available materials. This means the process can be standardized and scaled up, making vaccine development faster than traditional methods of making vaccines.
mRNA vaccines have been studied before for flu, Zika, rabies, and cytomegalovirus (CMV). As soon as the necessary information about the virus that causes COVID-19 was available, scientists began designing the mRNA instructions for cells to build the unique spike protein into an mRNA vaccine.
Future mRNA vaccine technology may allow for one vaccine to provide protection for multiple diseases, thus decreasing the number of shots needed for protection against common vaccine-preventable diseases.
Beyond vaccines, cancer research has used mRNA to trigger the immune system to target specific cancer cells.
The COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. For most people these side effects will last no longer than a day or two. Having these types of side effects DOES NOT mean you have COVID-19.
To learn more about what to do after receiving your COVID-19 vaccine, download the Now What? / Ahora Que? PDF (below).