COVID-19 Vaccine

French Hospital Medical Center Administering COVID-19 Vaccine to San Luis Obispo County Residents 75 and Older 

In partnership with the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department and following the SLO County COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force's recommendation, French Hospital Medical Center is offering the COVID-19 vaccinations to San Luis Obispo County residents age 75 and older, by appointment only. These are being offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Given the large demand, we ask that anyone eligible for vaccination who may have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days, or anyone who can safely continue to stay home without visitors, please wait a little longer to sign up for an appointment.  Please do not come for a vaccination if you are not feeling well. Please consult with your primary care physician for further guidance about future vaccination. 

Please click here to sign up for a time slot, then click submit and sign up. You may only sign up one person per time slot.  Once these slots have been filled, we will need to await another shipment of the vaccine prior to the next offering. 

Please allow for approximately 30 mins to fill out paperwork and to be observed for at least 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine. COVID-19 vaccinations must be separated from all other vaccinations by at least 14 days. 

At the time of vaccination, residents age 75 and older will be asked to provide proof of age (drivers’ license, state ID, passport, birth certificate) and county residency (drivers’ license, state ID, mail with name and San Luis Obispo County address). 

If you need to cancel your previously scheduled appointment, please call 805-782-7518. Do not call inquiring when we will have more doses – this will be communicated publicly when any new doses are available for appointment scheduling. We are unable to return calls for any reason other than an appointment cancellation. Please do not call asking to be placed on a waitlist. Additionally, we are unable to respond to emails that do not involve cancellations of an existing scheduled appointment. If you are over the age of 75, you can go to and check for a county vaccine appointment as well. Like the county, we are not able to provide exceptions based on medical conditions, pending surgeries or other risks.

The vaccination clinics will take place at the Copeland Health Education Pavilion, located on the French Hospital Medical Center campus at 1911 Johnson Avenue, San Luis Obispo. Please park at the back of the facility and you will locate the vaccination clinic on the ground level of the pavilion.

General reported side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine include:

  • joint pain
  • fever
  • nausea
  • feeling unwell
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • injection site pain, swelling, or redness
  • tiredness
  • headache
  • chills
  • muscle pain

For additional information on the COVID-19 vaccine, we recommend reviewing the FAQs on the CDC website and FDA website

COVID-19 Crisis Response Guidelines

We continue to stay in close contact with the county department of health to determine the best way to care for an unprecedented surge of critically ill COVID-19 patients. If the number of patients exceeds our resources, and there are no alternate care sites available, we may need to implement triage guidelines so that limited resources are used equitably and consistent with national standards.

Triaging care during a crisis situation is the most difficult decision any care team has to make. At Dignity Health, triage guidelines are based on the unequivocal principle that we treat all patients with dignity and respect.

View our guidelines

Pandemic is Not Behind Us

The pandemic is not behind us. It’s more important now than ever to take the proper steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Make your health a priority and be sure to:

  • Wear a mask when outside your home
  • Stay at least 6’ away from others
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • If you are sick, stay home

Visiting Guidelines

We have implemented the following visiting guidelines to protect patients, staff, and physicians at all of our facilities:

  • One visitor, per patient, per day will be allowed in Labor and Delivery only
  • All visitors must be at least 18 years of age and in good health
  • Visitation for end-of-life situations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis

Visitors may enter through emergency department and be screened according to the guidelines established by the San Luis Obispo County Health Department. 

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Safety Measures

As always, your health and well-being are our focus, so we’ve taken steps at all of our facilities to ensure your continued safety:

  • Everyone is screened for symptoms prior to entry
  • Masks are required
  • Visitor limitations are in place
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols

If You Are Sick - Call Your Doctor

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Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or mild shortness of breath, call your primary care physician. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, please call 911.


Seek medical attention if you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19. Emergency warning signs include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Extreme fatigue or new confusion
  • Bluish lips or face

If you don't have a primary care physician, Dignity Health Urgent Care has six locations where those with symptoms can be evaluated. Find the location near you directly below.

Dignity Health Urgent Care – Atascadero
5920 West Mall 
Atascadero 93422 
(805) 436-8466

Dignity Health Urgent Care – Santa Maria
2271 South Depot Street
Santa Maria, CA 93455      
(805) 922-0561

Dignity Health Urgent Care – Orcutt
1102 E. Clark Avenue, Suite 120-A
Santa Maria, CA 93455
(805) 946-1030

Dignity Health Urgent Care – Pismo Beach
877 Oak Park Blvd.
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
(805) 834-9146

Dignity Health Urgent Care – Lompoc
Walk-In Care & Family Care
217 W. Central Avenue, Suite G
Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 263-4301

Dignity Health Urgent Care – Solvang 
1992 Old Mission Drive
Suite 140
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 614-5690

Community COVID-19 Hotline

If you have questions related to COVID-19, please call our Community COVID Hotline at (805) 332-8276.

Online Symptom Checker

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you can also check your symptoms using our chat box. Get started by clicking on the orange chat box in the bottom right corner of your screen.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are offering many of our classes via Zoom until further notice. Please see the Classes & Events section for details.

Dignity Health hospitals are safe and ready to care for you. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, don’t delay getting the care you need. 

Extensive measures are in place to ensure your continued safety:

  • Everyone is screened for symptoms prior to entry
  • Masks are required
  • Visitor limitations are in place
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols

COVID Testing

For information about COVID testing, please refer to the San Luis Obispo County web site.

Dignity Health Urgent Care Centers are located in Atascadero, Pismo Beach, Santa Maria, Orcutt, Lompoc, and Solvang. Click here to find a location near you.

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