On Tuesday, May 4, San Bernardino County’s Operation Flip converted five existing testing sites into new vaccination locations.

The converted testing sites in Montclair, Rancho Cucamonga and San Bernardino allow residents to access ongoing sites in everyday locations where they may already be shopping, attending school or running errands. While appointments are always encouraged, walk-ups to county-operated sites are now welcome.

“While appointments are still strongly encouraged, don’t let the lack of one keep you from visiting a site if you find yourself with extra time,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Our on-site vaccination teams will do their absolute best to vaccinate every person that shows up. In the rare cases when this is not achievable, the team will work to provide options to the customer to get them vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Walk-ins may experience longer wait times and availability may vary based on site demand. For a list of sites, visit sbcovid19.com/vaccine.

The Pfizer vaccine is offered at ongoing Operation Flip sites. While walk-up individuals do not need to bring any additional information to a site, they should prepare 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.

Following a thorough safety review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can resume.

“After concluding their study, federal health officials have determined that the benefits of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine outweigh the extremely small risk of blood clotting,” said the county’s Interim Public Health Director Andrew Goldfrach. “They are now advising states to return to inoculating residents with the vaccine.”

The county is making the Johnson & Johnson vaccine available through its mobile clinics. In addition, local third-party vaccine administrators such as pharmacies and physician practices may be offering the vaccine to patients.

“Though we are offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on a limited basis, we nevertheless encourage our residents to receive the shot if it’s offered,” said Goldfrach. “The risk of blood clots is tiny compared to the risks associated with COVID-19.”

While the risk of blood clots or other complications are minimal, Goldfrach advises residents who are offered the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to share information on their medical conditions with their vaccination provider, including if they:

● Have any allergies.

● Have a fever.

● Have a bleeding disorder, or are on a blood thinner.

● Are immuno compromised, or are on a medicine that affects their immune system.

● Are pregnant, breastfeeding or plan to become pregnant.

● Are on birth control pills.

● Have a history of blood clotting problems.

As of Tuesday, May 4, more than 1 million vaccine doses have been administered to county residents.

Redlands numbers

Redlands is among the cities with the most people vaccinated. A total of 35,371 residents have received a vaccination. According to the county, there are 58,713 Redlands residents ages 16 and older. Redlands has vaccinated 60.2% of these residents.  

As of May 4, Redlands Community Hospital has administered 25,506 total doses. Beaver Medical Group has administered 14,988 doses. Redlands Urgent Care Center has administered 3,788 doses, and the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Redlands Boulevard has administered 2,784 doses.