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COVID 19


TEST SITES LISTING

COVID-19 Testing Sites in Monterey County: 

COVID test sites include RYAN RANCH, 5 Lower Ragsdale, Monterey, CA 93940 and SALINAS Valley Memorial Healthcare, 611 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA 93901 (rear of building). By appointment 831-643-6400

PRINTABLE PDF:  please click here for English & Spanish versions

NOTE:  Please bring:  1) photo ID and 2) health insurance card. 

COVID Testing Sites–Walk Thru or Walk-Up

 

 

 

GREENFIELD:

Clinica de Salud!
808 Oak Ave.
Greenfield, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 674-5344
  • HOURS: M-F (8am-5pm)
  • COST:  People without insurance may be charged for test.
  • SERVICES: Open to everyone with or without symptoms & with or without insurance

Mee Memorial Clinic
467 S El Camino Real
Greenfield, CA

  • APPOINTMENT:(831) 674-0112
  • HOURS:M-F: (8am –4pm)
  • COST:  Free. No cost.
  • SERVICES: For persons with COVID symptoms.
    • Call to schedule an appointment.
    • On appointment day, drive to the clinic’s parking lot (look for designated cones)
    • Call office to check in.
    • Doctor will come out to your car and administer nasal test.

GONZALES:

Clinica de Salud!
126 – 5th St.
Gonzales, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 675-2930
  • HOURS: M-F: (8am –5pm)
  • COST:  People without insurance may be charged for test.
  • SERVICES: Open to everyone with or without symptoms & with or without insurance

KING CITY:

 

Clinica de Salud!
122 San Antonio Dr.
King City, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 385-5944
  • HOURS: M-F: (8am –5pm)
  • COST:  People without insurance may be charged for test.
  • SERVICES: Open to everyone with or without symptoms & with or without insurance

PAJARO:

 

Clinica de Salud!
29-A Bishop Rd.
Pajaro, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 728-2505
  • HOURS: M-F: (8am –5pm)
  • COST: People without insurance may be charged for test.
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Open to everyone with or without symptoms & with or without insurance

 

Cesar Chavez Library
615 Williams Road
Salinas, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: 1-888-634-1123 or https://lhi.care/covidtesting
  • NEW HOURS: Thurs – Mon (8am – 8pm); WALK INS:  4pm-8pm
  • COST:  No cost
  • SERVICESOpen to everyone with or without symptoms & with or without insurance.
  • Testing Site is located at the Building Healthy Community Room—Enter thru the parking lot.

Clinica de Salud! – Circle
950 Circle Dr.
Salinas, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 757-6237
  • HOURS: M-F (8am-5pm)
  • COST: People without insurance may be charged for test.
  • SERVICES: Open to everyone with or without symptoms &with or without insurance.

Clinica de Salud! – N. Main
2180 N. Main St.
Salinas, Ca

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 443-2190
  • HOURS: M-F (8am-5pm)
  • COST: People without insurance may be charged for test.
  • SERVICES: Open to everyone with or without symptoms & with or without insurance.

Clinica de Salud! – Sanborn
219 N. Sanborn Rd
Salinas, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 757-1365
  • HOURS: M-F (8am-5pm)
  • COST: People without insurance may be charged for test.
  • SERVICES: Open to everyone with or without symptoms & with or without insurance.

 

HOME TEST KITS

(NEW): 15-MINUTES COVID-19 HOME TEST KIT– NOW AT YOUR LOCAL DRUGSTORES

Good news — if you need a rapid COVID test for travel, work or to attend an event, the FDA has granted Emergency Use Authorization for the Binax Now COVID test kit, see details below. The kit is now sold in retail stores throughout the U.S. NOTE: This is a self-administered nose swab test you perform in the comfort of your home. No lab visits — results are available in 15 minutes.

  • Product: BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test (kit has 2 self-administered test strips).  For accuracy, two tests will need to be taken within 3 days (or 36 hours apart).
  • ManufacturerAbbott Laboratories
  • Results: 15 minutes. No labs. Similar to a pregnancy test.
  • Effectiveness: CDC reports that the test had a “sensitivity of 64.2% for specimens from symptomatic persons and 35.8% for specimens from asymptomatic persons, with near 100% specificity in specimens from both groups”.
  • For VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS on how to use the product:  click here or here.

COST:  

  • CVS ($23.99) – online or in store
  • Walgreens ($23.99) – online or in store
  • Walmart ($19.88) – online or in store

NOTE: The Alliance on Aging is providing the public with information about this product in order to assist people with options for finding COVID testing. We do NOT endorse, sell, or profit from this product, nor are we associated with the manufacturer in any way.

LISTING OF HOME TEST KITS: Click here

Our home test kit listing will provide you with the most up-to-date info on the types of tests available, their cost, results timeframe (some in as little as  12-hours!) and instructions on how to purchase online and what to expect.

Besides Amazon, Costco, Safeway, Quest Diagnostics, the list has info on FDA authorized test approved for travel to Hawaii and Bermuda.

The list will be updated as new information becomes available.

NOTE:  For seniors considering Home Test kits, this listing will help you understand the options available.  The list does not endorse any particular product as a matter of policy.  All kits listed are FDA authorized.

Please click here for the home COVID test kit.

 

 

SCAMS ALERTS

COVID-19 VACCINE SCAM:

Beware of scam robocalls, texts, phony emails  and social media sites offering early vaccines.  Some crooks on the WhatsApp social media platform have promoted a “vaccine” package for $79.00 for persons interested in avoid long lines.  NOTE: The only way to access Pfizer’s or Moderna’s vaccine is through a government-authorized vaccination site.

 Vaccine scam prevention tips:

  • Do not pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine
  • Do not pay for early access to the vaccine
  • Do not give out your social security number or credit card numbers
  • Ignore any vaccine officers that ask for your personal or financial information

For questions and answers on COVID-19 vaccine visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/#Questions-and-answers

Contact Tracing Scam

Scammers impersonating as contact tracers and are calling potential victims, sending web links and text messages about fictitious COVID-19 cases and asking for social security numbers, financial and other sensitive info NOT required for contact tracing.  For more info, click here.  Recent scams:

  • Fake COVID-19 testing letter that appears to come from the state. The letter states that people must be tested for COVID-19 or lose access to their benefits. The letter asks people to visit a (fake) website to provide personal info.
  • Beware of door-to-door solicitors selling test kits, and robocalls about “special virus kits” that ask for your Medicare number to send a “free” test.
  • Watch for fraudulent emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control or other experts saying they have cures for covid.
  • For updates on the latest scams, click here. If you are concerned that you might be a victim of a scam, click here.

 

  • Gourley VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic,  201 9th St., Marina, CA.
  • To schedule an appointment, please call (650) 496-2535.  Monday – Friday between 8AM- 6PM.
  • Updated vaccine info at:  click here.

COVID RESOURCES

COVID VACCINE PRESENTATION:  SPANISH 

(Spanish Only):  if you missed our Feb 2 (2:00-3:30 pm) Zoom workshop on the effectiveness of Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines, here is your opportunity to view the recording.  It is available Click here .  For the PowerPoint presentation in Spanish, Click here.

(NEW):  COVID AND MENTAL HEALTH

Did you know that calls to the Suicide Prevention Hotline have skyrocketed during the pandemic?  Sad, but true.  The Monterey Herald recently profiled the MENTAL HEALTH crisis affecting teens, adults and seniors in our county during COVID.

  •  If you are an older adult (55 and above) and  feeling lonely, hopeless and worried during the pandemic, you are NOT ALONE!  Alliance on Aging’s Senior Peer Counseling Program can help you.
  • AOA’s counselors can provide you with tips and strategies for coping with isolation, anxiety and depression.  CLICK HERE for more info.
  • CLICK HERE to read the outstanding Monterey Herald article on mental health crisis.

CONFIDENTIAL HOTLINE: FOR FARMER WORKERS & FAMILY

The Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office has recently set up a 24 hour confidential hotline for farm workers and their families to report safety issues relating to COVID-19 and wildfire smoke challenge for the “essential” labor force.

The hotline is the first of its kind in California and is spearheaded by Supervisor Luis Alejo.

  • Hotline:  (831) 809-2394 (bilingual) 24hr, 7 days a week
  • Issues:  safety issues such as the availability of masks and other protective measures, the application of pesticide and more.

 COVID Hotlines (Scheduling Appointments by phone):

  • State of CA: (833) 422-4255 (in multiple languages).
  • Monterey County:  2-1-1
  • Nationwide: 1-800-232-0233 or TTY 888-720-7489

MEDICARE TO COVER COVID-19 TESTS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that Medicare will cover coronavirus testing.  All COVID-19 tests ordered by your doctor or health care provider will be covered under Medicare Part B as a diagnostic laboratory test and there will be no out-of-pocket costs. Coverage can be back dated to February 4, 2020.

 

(NEW) COVID-19–LEGAL HOTLINE ON REPLACEMENT INCOME AND JOB PROTECTED LEAVE

The California Rural Legal Assistance is offering a new free and confidential hotline that is providing legal consultation on: 1) COVID-19 and a worker’s rights at work; 2) how to get paid and unpaid time off if affected by COVID-19; and 3) unemployment benefits and other wage replacement options.  Hotline phone number is 1-800-357-9513.

 

HEALTH:  COVID-19 AND SENIORS

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a warning for older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease) who are at a higher risk of getting very sick from Coronavirus COVID-19.  The virus is spreading easily and is sustainable in the community.  For additional information about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself, here are some useful information:

COVID VACCINES

IMPORTANT LINKS:

COVID Updates 

FDA Approves Third Dose of Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for Moderate to Severely Immunocompromised Individuals.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for both the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for the use of an additional dose in certain immunocompromised individuals, specifically, solid organ transplant recipients or those who are diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise. 

(New) COVID Masking Updates In Monterey County

With COVID Delta variant cases rising in the county, especially among the unvaccinated, the Monterey County Department of Health is recommending that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wears a mask indoors in public places.  This recommendation is issued out of an abundance of caution.

  • (Indoors) Wear Masks At:  Grocery or retail stores, theaters, and family entertainment centers, even if you are vaccinated.
  • Businesses: Are urged to adopt universal masking requirements for customers entering indoor areas of their businesses (to provide better protection to their employees and customers).
  • For more information about the new mask recommendation, click here for ENGLISH and here for SPANISH.

NOTE:  The Delta Variant is more contagious, gets people sicker and spreads quicker than other COVID versions.  To learn more click here and here.

(NEW):  COVID-19 “DIGITIAL” VACCINE CARD 

If you misplaced your COVID-19 vaccine card–not to worry–you can now access your card digitally via the California Department of Public Health’s new digital vaccine record site.

Your digital vaccination card will show the following information (same as the paper version):  name, date of birth, date of vaccinations, and vaccine manufacturer, and a QR code readable by a QR scanner.

  • To access your digital COVID-19 vaccine card, go to: https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov.
  • Enter your name, date of birth and the email or mobile phone number associated with your vaccination record.
  • You will then create a four-digit PIN, which is used to access a link to your record.

The digital card serves as a convenient backup to the paper card.  Just use your phone to access your digital card or place the QR code at the QR scanner.

NOTE:  If you received your vaccinations from a federal agency (e.g., Department of Defense, Indian Health Services, or Veterans Affairs), you will need to reach out to those agencies for assistance with your vaccination record.

COVID Vaccination 

(NEW) COVID VACCINES:  “POP-UPS” (THIS WEEK) 

Here are the latest updates on temporary “POP-UP” vaccine sites.  Unless otherwise noted, vaccines are provided FREE (no cost) and on a walk-ins basis (no appointment).

  • NOTE:  Minors will need a parent/guardian or an adult to accompany them.
  • Johnson & Johnson is available to adults age 18 and above.

 

 

SALINAS:

  • PLACE:  Natividad  – 1441 Constitution Blvd., Salinas, CA  Building # 400
  • DATE:  Every Wednesday (2:00pm – 4:00pm)
  • VACCINE:  Pfizer
  • AGE:  12 and older
  • For information, please see the attached flyer, click here. 
  • Salinas – Cesar Chavez Library, 815 Williams Road – Open Thursday through Monday, 12 pm to 8 pm with walk ins from 5 to 7 pm
  • Seaside – Salvation Army, 1491 Contra Costa – Open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm with walk ins from 4 to 6 pm
  • Soledad – Soledad High School, 425 Gabilan Drive – Drive through – Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm with walk-ins from 4 to 6 pm
  • Castroville – Clinica de Salud, 10561 Merritt Street – Tuesday and Thursday 1 pm to 4 pm. Moderna.  18 years+.  Call 831-633-1514 to register

There is no out of pocket cost for testing at the above locations. If you do not have insurance or your insurance does not cover the entire cost of testing, you will not receive a bill or be charged for testing at these locations.

All “pop ups” are walk-ins.  If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please visit: MyTurn (https://myturn.ca.gov) 

COVID VACCINATION FOR HOMEBOUND INDIVIDUALS

Good news!  VNA (located in Monterey, CA) is now providing COVID vaccinations for homebound individuals who are unable to visit a vaccine site.

To access the service:

  • Call (for an appointment):  831-648-3777 (VNA) or the California COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255
  • Online Registration:  MyTurn (https:/myturn.ca.gov/)
  • Vaccine:  Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • For more info, click here for ENGLISH or SPANISH.

WALK-IN COVID VACCINES: CVS & LUCKY

To encourage people to get vaccinated, CVS and LUCKY are offering COVID vaccines on a walk-in basis. No appointment needed. To guarantee that you will get your vaccine when you visit, go to their online websites to check availability. CVS and LUCKY will also take appointments via phone. Please call your local pharmacy since individual store policies may differ.

 

 Walk-In: COVID Vaccines (CHOMP Montage Health–MARINA)

CHOMP (Montage Health–Marina)–is   offering walk-in COVID vaccines without an appointment.

Walk-ins are subject to availability.  Appointments (ONLINE) are still recommended to guarantee a spot.  Vaccines are administered at the following dates / location:

  • Montage Wellness Center—2930 Second Ave, Ste 100, MARINA 
  • To register (online)MyTurn (https://myturn.ca.gov/) or CHOMP’s portal.

 

WHAT’S NEW:

SCHEDULING YOUR COVID VACCINES at CHOMP & SVMC

Community Hospital of Monterey County (CHOMP) and the Salinas Valley Medical Clinic (SVMC) are part of MyTurn (https://myturn.ca.gov/), the State of California’s COVID vaccine registration site. 

  • CHOMP: Appointments can now be accessed thru their portal–click here or MyTurn

Salinas Valley Medical Clinic (SVMC):

Vaccine appointments can now be accessed thru MyTurn.

  • Answer the eligibility questions.
  • ENTER the “93901″ for the zip code section; and
  • CLICK on the “SVMC – Orthopedics, Podiatry and Sports Medicine” option.  Address:  611 Abbott St., Ste 100, Salinas, CA

SVMC (PHONE) SERVICE FOR APPOINTMENTS

SVMC is now offering call-in phone service for those who are unable to register online.

  • Call-In: (831) 771-3885Service is in English, but Spanish assistance can be provided.
  • Vaccine Location: Vaccines are provided at the following SVMC site ONLY.
  • 611 Abbott Street, Suite 101, Salinas. Tel:  (831) 757-3041.  Directions, click here.

HOW TO GET A VACCINE APPOINTMENT?

COVID (CALL IN) HOTLINE FOR APPOINTMENTS

The State of CA has launched a new COVID hotline (phone call-in) to assist persons with scheduling COVID appointments.  For persons who do not have access to computers or unable to use or navigate online appointment registration, this is a game changer.  A “live” person will assist caller with registering for vaccine appointments using the State’s MyTurn (https://myturn.ca.gov/) COVID registration site.

  • COVID HOTLINE:  (833) 422-4255 (in multiple languages).
  • INSTRUCTIONS:  There are (7) menu options.  Click on Option #1 or #2 for COVID assistance.
  • HOURS:  M-Sat (8am – 8pm); Sun (8am – 5pm)

MyTurn is the one-stop shop for vaccine eligibility and appointments in your local area.

ONLINE:  “MyTurn” CALIFORNIA’S COVID VACCINE REGISTRATION SITE 

California’s ONLINE COVID registration site called MyTurn (https://myturn.ca.gov/) is now available in 12 languages.

  • They are:  English, Spanish, Arabic, Armenian, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, and Tagalog.

MyTurn is the one-stop shop for vaccine eligibility and appointments in your local area.  Once you register at MyTurn, the site will automatically notify you of your eligibility and can  schedule your vaccine appointments.

 

VACCINES AT DRUGSTORES & MARKETS

 

COVID vaccines are now available at the following stores in Monterey County.

  • DRUGSTORE:  CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens,  Alisal Pharmacy, AllCare Pharmacy,Central Ave Pharmacy; Pharmaca, Star Pharmacy, Romie Lane Pharmacy, Sherman’s Apothecary Pharmacy
  • SUPERMARKET:  Safeway, Lucky
  • OTHERS:  Walmart, Costco

COSTCO

Costco is now offering vaccines.

  • SALINAS:  1339 N. Davis Rd.
  • SAND CITY:  801 Tioga Ave.

APPOINTMENTS (online):  CLICK HERE.  Scroll down to CALIFORNIA, then your city–Salinas or Sand City.

CVS

CVS is offering vaccines at the following stores and in Target stores with CVS Pharmacies.  CVS stores offering vaccines are:

  • MARINA:  268 Reservation Rd.  831-384-1605.  Directions
  • MONTEREY:  2170 N. Freemont St.  831-375-5135  Directions.
  • SALINAS (Alisal):  347 E Alisal St.  831-424-0026  Directions;
  • SALINAS (Laurel):  110 E Laurel Dr.  831-754-1551 Directions
  • SALINAS (Main St):  1140 S Main St. 831-422-8511  Directions
  • SALINAS  (Boronda):  662 E. Boronda Rd.  831-443-0891 Directions.

APPOINTMENTS (online):  CLICK HERE.

LUCKY 

  • 2000 California Ave., SAND CITY
  • 555 Carmel Rancho Center, CARMEL

RITE AID:

Rite Aid is offering vaccines in the following stores.

  • MONTEREY (Del Monte Shopping Mall):  1301 Munras Ave.  831-375-8900
  • MONTEREY (Downtown):  499 Alvarado St.  831- 372-8085
  • PACIFIC GROVE:  160 Country Club Gate Center.  831-373-8323
  • SALINAS:  602 Williams Rd.  831-784-1606

APPOINTMENTS (online):  CLICK HERE.

SAFEWAY:

Safeway is offering vaccines at the following locations:

  • CARMEL (Mid-Valley Center):  104 Mid Valley Center.
  • MONTEREY (Del Rey Oakes):  815 Canyon Del Rey.
  • PACIFIC GROVE:  1212 Forest Av.
  • SALINAS:  1516 Constitution Blvd. 831-444-3625
  • SALINAS: 1546 N. Main St.

APPOINTMENTS (online): CLICK HERE.

WALGREENS

Walgreens is offering vaccines at the following locations.

  • MARINA:  226 Reservation Rd, 831-384-4700
  • MONTEREY (Downtown):  416 Alvarado St, Monterey.  831-644-9057
  • SALINAS:  575 N. Sanborn Rd.  831-751-9319
  • SALINAS:  1532 N. Main St.  831-443-8717
  • SEASIDE:  1055 Freemont Blvd., Seaside  831-393-9231

APPOINTMENTS (online):  CLICK HERE or call 1-800-925-4733 (to schedule appointments in English & Spanish).

WALMART

  • MARINA:  150 Beach Rd.  831-883-9138
  • SALINAS:  1375 N. Davis Rd.  831-998-9080
  • SALINAS:  1800 N. Main St.  831-751-0231

APPOINTMENTS (online):  CLICK HERE.

LOCAL PHARMACIES:

 

FREE RIDES TO VACCINE SITES:

MST To Offer FREE DAY PASS FOR GETTING VACCINATED

Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will provide a FREE Day Pass to those who receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  “Get vaccinated, get a free ride.   

Individuals simply present their COVID-19 vaccination card to an MST Customer Service Representative at any of its customer service window locations (Salinas Transit Center, Marina Transit Exchange, Monterey Transit Plaza) to be eligible to receive a free Day Pass to use at any time. Passes are available for each dose received.

For more information, click here or visit www.mst.org or call Monterey-Salinas Transit toll free at 1-888-MST-BUS1 (1-888-678-2871).

(NEW):  FREE Rides for Seniors to COVID Vaccine Site

ITN Monterey County, a local nonprofit that provides transportation to seniors and people with visual impairments in Monterey County, is now offering FREE, no cost rides for seniors and visually impaired adults needing transportation to receive COVID vaccinations.

Questions?  Call:  (831) 233-3447

For more info, click here in ENGLISH or SPANISH.

 

HOW TO GET A VACCINE APPOINTMENT?

ONLINE Registration:

LOCAL HOSPITALS:

OTHER VACCINATION REGISTRATION:

  • Veterans Administration:  Gourley VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic, Marina. Call (650) 496-2535; M–F (8AM- 6PM) to schedule an appointment.  Updated VA vaccine info:  click here.
  • Clinica de Salud (831) 757-8689 or Primecare (831) 751-7070.  Existing patients will be contacted by your primary doctor at the two clinics for an appointment.
  • Sutter Healthcare in Watsonville/Santa Cruz:  Click here for appointments.

COVID Vaccine Tier Schedule

TIERS Schedule:  Click here for ENGLISH.

TIERS Schedule:  Click here for SPANISH

Check out the Monterey County’s vaccine web page.  CLICK HERE.

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