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County officials urge residents to book second dose of COVID-19 vaccine 

County will move to vaccine lottery system next week–Thousands of SLO County residents who are eligible to get their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at one of the county’s three mass vaccination clinics can now proactively schedule their second dose appointment on Wednesdays.

As of April 2, nearly 62,000 people received the first dose at one of the county’s clinics and more than 24,000 are awaiting their second dose; these individuals should proactively book their second dose appointment when they are eligible.

“Completing your vaccine series provides the highest level of protection from COVID-19 and can help us end the pandemic,” said County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein. Residents who were first vaccinated at one of the county’s clinics can use the county’s online second dose date calculator to identify when they are eligible to get a second dose. They can then book their second dose appointment up to one week in advance. Second-dose appointments open every Wednesday morning by 9 a.m. for the following week.

Previously, residents were asked to wait to hear from the County Public Health Department before booking their second dose. This process has now changed to make it easier for residents to schedule their own appointments at the appropriate time. Those who need a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine can now proactively book their appointment three weeks after their first dose, while those who received the Moderna vaccine can proactively book their appointments four weeks after their first dose. (Those who receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine do not need a second dose.)

The county regularly receives enough vaccine supply to administer most second doses according to this schedule. However, getting the second dose later than this is not harmful and does not require re-starting the series.

Sign up for your second dose appointment at or by calling the Phone Assistance Center at (805) 543-2444. You may call to book your appointment on Wednesday morning the week prior to your due date.

For updates on COVID-19 in SLO County, visit or call the recorded Public Health Information Line at (805) 788-2903. A staffed phone assistance center at (805) 543-2444 is available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist with questions related to COVID-19.

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