COVID-19 Vaccine

State and local health departments determine how vaccines are distributed. St. John’s Hospitals are participating in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines according to the Ventura County’s guidelines for distribution. For more information about when or where you may be able to receive the vaccine, visit VenturaCountyRecovers.org  

Ventura County Health Department is offering COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment ONLY for eligible community members, who live and work in Ventura County: VenturaCountyRecovers.org/Vaccine-Information/Portal/

FAQs
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When can I get the vaccine?
CDC recommendations indicate a phased approach to vaccine allocation, beginning in Phase 1a with health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. Phase 1b includes essential workers and people aged 75 and older. Phase 1c includes people over age 65, people under age 65 who have underlying medical conditions, and other essential workers.

Ventura County is in the current vaccination phase:

PHASE 1A

  • Healthcare workers
  • Long-term care residents
  • All Tri-Counties Regional Center Clients 16 and over and eligible caregivers of Regional Center clients are eligible. Must have documentation from the Regional Center.
PHASE 1B
  • Individuals aged 50 and older
  • Essential workers in the following sectors: food and agriculture, education and childcare, and emergency services
  • Individuals aged 16-64 who are deemed to be at the very highest risk to get very sick from COVID-19 because they have the following severe health conditions: cancer, current with weakened immune system, chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above, chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent, down syndrome, solid organ transplant, leading to a weakened immune system, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies, but not hypertension), severe obesity (Body Mass Index ≥ 40 kg/m2), and type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%.

Vaccines are for those that live or work in Ventura County.

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When will the vaccine be available?

Vaccines to protect against COVID-19 are available now. The FDA has issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Distribution of the vaccine is determined by Ventura County’s Health Department and St. John’s Hospitals are participating in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines according to that distribution plan. For local vaccine availability, please visit: VenturaCountyRecovers.org

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How is the vaccine given?
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, administered three or four weeks apart. When a vaccine is given, information will be provided about when to get the second dose. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose.
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Which vaccine should I get? 
It is crucial to follow public health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19, including wearing a mask, handwashing, social distancing, and getting the vaccine when it is available to you. All available vaccines provide extremely strong protection against severe COVID-19 infection and significantly reduce the likelihood of hospitalization or death. Any vaccine available to you is the one you should consider.

MyTurn

If you are interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, please make an appointment through the California Department of Public Health’s MyTurn system.

If you are not yet eligible or appointments are not available in your location, you can sign up to be notified when it’s your turn.

MyTurn 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 for at least 20 seconds
  • If you are sick, stay home

Visiting Guidelines

We are pleased to share that as the spread of COVID-19 decreases in our community, and we are safely relaxing visitor restrictions. Consistent with state and local health organization guidance, the following visitor guidelines are now in place at St. John's Regional Medical Center

Effective April 8, 2021

  • Patients who have tested negative for COVID-19 are permitted two care partners or visitors per day from 10 am to 6 pm. This includes patients who are in for inpatient, outpatient, surgical and Emergency Department services. Overnight stays will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

  • Patients who are under the age of 18 are permitted may have two parent/guardian(s) at all times.

  • Labor and Delivery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit patients who are COVID-19 negative may have two designated care partners in the room.

  • Exceptions to the number of care partners and visitors may be allowed for certain circumstances, such as end-of-life situations.

  • Care partners and visitors must be 18 years of age and in good health to enter the facility. Everyone who enters the hospital is screened for symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Care partners and visitors must wear a mask at all times and should remain in the patient's room or designated area, except to purchase food from an outside location and return to the patient's room.

Please note these guidelines are subject to change. We will continue to take the necessary precautions in compliance with federal, state, and local guidance, as our staff and patients' safety remains our priority. 

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

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 and 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

We have implemented various changes to enhance the safety of our patients and our staff.

  • Hospital entrances are now limited to the Main Hospital entrance and the Emergency Department.
  • Upon entering, you will be greeted by a member of our care team who will screen you for symptoms of COVID-19 and take your temperature.
  • You must wear your face mask at all times, if you do not have one, we will provide one.

We recognize that many patients may have experienced changes in their health insurance. If you are concerned about the cost of care, learn more about the financial assistance that we provide to patients who need it.

COVID Testing

For information about COVID testing, please refer to the Ventura County Recovers web site.

COVID-19 En Español

COVID-19 En Español