Vaccine Appointments

Please consult the Vaccine Updates below for the latest information on pediatric vaccine and booster shot availability.

Visit https://myturn.ca.gov/ to schedule a vaccine appointment.

Scheduled appointments are recommended. Walk-in appointments my be permitted, and wait times will apply. Our clinic's current hours of operation can be found on the MyTurn website.

Proof of Vaccination

You can obtain a digital COVID-19 vaccination record by visiting https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/.  After entering a few details such as name, date of birth, and phone or email address associated with your vaccination appointment, you will receive a link to a QR code and digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record.

Vaccine Updates

November 19, 2021

Following federal and state guidelines, the Tahoe Forest Hospital Gateway Vaccine Clinic is now offering COVID booster shots (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J) to any individual 18+ years old who received the 2nd dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 6 months ago, or received their J&J vaccine at least 2 months ago.  

Please visit https://myturn.ca.gov/ to schedule.

Appointments are strongly recommended.  Walk-in appointments may be permitted, and wait times will apply.

Current days and hours of operation are:

Thursday ‚Äď Sunday
8am ‚Äď 12pm & 1pm ‚Äď 5:15pm
 

November 4, 2021

Starting November 11th, the Tahoe Forest Gateway Vaccine Clinic, at 11004 Donner Pass Road, will begin offering pediatric Pfizer vaccine to individuals aged 5 ‚Äď 11 years old. Appointments are STRONGLY encouraged as walk-in appointments may not be available. We will continue to vaccinate 12+ year olds.
 
Tips for scheduling:

  • We recommend using Chrome, Firefox or Safari as your internet browser.
  • If you cannot find an appointment time that meets your needs, or appointments at our location appear to be full, please check back every few days.
    • In this early stage of the pediatric vaccine roll-out, we are receiving small quantities of pediatric vaccine from the state.
    • We will open additional appointment slots once we receive vaccine.
  • After your first vaccine appointment is complete, you will need to go back onto MyTurn to schedule the second vaccine appointment.
    • Schedule the second vaccine appointment 21 days or more after the first vaccine.
    • If it appears there are no appointments available, please continue to check back every few days.

Reminders for appointments:

  • At our vaccine clinic, all minors (<18 years old) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. That adult must stay for the duration of the appointment. Letters giving consent to vaccine will not be accepted at this time.
  • Please bring identification for both the minor receiving the vaccine and the parent or guardian. Identification for the minor is not a requirement.
  • Any individual who has been instructed to quarantine (full, modified, has already tested negative, etc.) will not be allowed inside the vaccine clinic. Please return once your full quarantine (14 days after last exposure) has ended.
  • Any individual with COVID symptoms will not be allowed inside the vaccine clinic.
  • Consider consulting these tips on how to prepare children for receiving a vaccine.

Please visit  https://myturn.ca.gov  to schedule

 

November 2, 2021

Change to Vaccine Clinic Days and Hours of Operation

Beginning November 11th, the clinic will be open Thursday - Sunday, 8am - noon and 1pm - 5:30pm. 

 

October 26, 2021

The Gateway Vaccine Clinic located at 11004 Donner Pass Road is offering all three COVID vaccine types: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.

We offer primary series (1st or 2nd dose) to the following:

  • 12+ years old may receive Pfizer
  • 18+ years old may receive Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson

We offer third dose shots of mRNA vaccines for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals*, at least 28 days after their primary series has been completed:

  • 18+ years old may receive Pfizer or Moderna full dose

We offer booster shots to the following:

  • All individuals 18+ who received J&J initially, may receive another booster shot of their choice (Pfizer, Moderna or J&J) at least 2 months after their initial vaccine.
  • Qualifying individuals who received Pfizer or Moderna initially, may receive a booster shot of their choice (Pfizer, Moderna ¬Ĺ dose, or Johnson & Johnson), at least 6 months after their primary series was completed. Qualifying individuals are as follows:
    • 65+ years old
    • 18+ years old who live in long-term care settings
    • 18+ years old who have underlying health conditions**
    • 18+ years old who work or live in high-risk settings

Please note, any individual with a history of immediate allergic reaction*** to a particular type of vaccine should not receive that same type of vaccine again in a standard vaccination clinic. For example, if you had an immediate allergic reaction to an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), you should not receive another dose of Pfizer or Moderna at our vaccine clinic. You could consider getting the vector based vaccine, Johnson & Johnson.

Our vaccine staff cannot offer advice on which type of vaccine you should obtain. Please consult with your health care team regarding vaccine choice.

Also note, any individual who has received COVID monoclonal antibody therapy in the last 90 days cannot receive any booster shots.

General reminders:
Our hours of operation and vaccine availability are subject to change. Please visit https://myturn.ca.gov/ to search for an appointment that meets your vaccine needs.  Please use the internet browser Chrome, Safari or Firefox for the best experience.

Identification AND proof of prior vaccine will be required. Bring your vaccine card, copy of your digital vaccine record, or other vaccine documentation.

Appointments are strongly encouraged. Please visit https://myturn.ca.gov/ to schedule. Walk-in appointments may be permitted.

*For more information on what qualifies as moderately to severely immunocompromised, please visit the CDC webpage regarding immunocompromised individuals.

**For more information on what qualifies as an underlying medical condition, please visit the CDC webpage regarding qualifying underlying medical conditions.

***An immediate allergic reaction happens within 4 hours of getting vaccinated and may include symptoms such as hives, swelling, and wheezing (respiratory distress). Your doctor may refer you to a specialist in allergies and immunology to provide more care or advice.
 

August 17, 2021

On Thursday, August 19th The Tahoe Forest Gateway Vaccine Clinic at 11004 Donner Pass Road will begin offering Pfizer and Moderna third dose vaccines for moderately to severely immunocompromised people, following recommendations from both the FDA and CDC.

This third dose of a mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) may be given at least 28 days after the completion of the initial mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series to people who have:

  • Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
  • Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ‚Č•20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.

As much as possible, the third dose offered and administered will be the same type of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine that the person received for their initial series. Remember to bring your vaccine card, or proof of your initial vaccines with you!

Proof of immunocompromised state or a letter from a physician will not be required. You will be asked to self-attest to your condition when you arrive at the clinic. If you have questions about whether you qualify for, or should receive a third shot, please reach out to your health care team.  Our vaccine nurses cannot help make this decision.

People who received the Janssen vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) for their initial dose are not eligible for a third shot at this time, per the FDA and CDC. For more information regarding third doses please visit the CDC's website.  

The Tahoe Forest Gateway Vaccine Clinic will continue to offer 1st and 2nd doses of Pfizer to any person 12 years and older.

The clinic is open Monday - Friday, 9am - noon and 1pm - 4pm. Vaccinations are free to all!

Please schedule an appointment online by visiting https://myturn.ca.gov/.  Walk-up appointments will be available as vaccine supply allows.

August 16, 2021

Last week both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted to recommend Pfizer or Moderna vaccine boosters for moderately to severely immunocompromised people.

At this time, our vaccine clinic is awaiting booster approval and guidance from California Department of Public Health (CDPH).  Boosters will not be administered at the Tahoe Forest Gateway Vaccine Clinic, located at 11004 Donner Pass Road, until the State’s guidance is received. Please continue to check this website for the latest updates.

For more information about who the CDC is recommending for booster vaccines, please visit the CDC's website.

June 7, 2021

Starting June 8th, the Tahoe Forest COVID Vaccine Clinic is moving to 11004 Donner Pass Road, next to Zander's in the Gateway Building in Truckee.

Community members 12 years and older can schedule an appointment at MyTurn.ca.gov. Walk-up appointments will be available as vaccine supply allows. 1st and 2nd dose Pfizer vaccine will be offered; however, we may offer Moderna or the J&J vaccine in the future.

The clinic is open Monday - Friday, 9am - noon and 1pm - 4pm. Vaccinations are free to all!

If you received your first COVID vaccine between May 18th and May 28th at our Sierra College Vaccine Clinic, you will receive your second shot at the Gateway Vaccine Clinic. 

May 12, 2021

12 - 15 Year-Old Eligibility Update

Beginning tomorrow, Thursday May 13 at 8am, the Tahoe Forest Vaccine Clinic will begin offering COVID vaccine appointments to patients 12 years and older via the State of California's My Turn System.

All Eastern Placer and Nevada County residents 12 years or older are eligible to receive a vaccine at the Tahoe Forest Vaccine Clinic.

Please note: patients 12 - 17 years old can only receive the Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Visit MyTurn.ca.gov or call 1-833-422-4255 to search for available appointments. If no appointments are available, you will be given the option to sign up for notifications about future availability.

Please do not call your physician's office, as they cannot schedule a vaccine for you.

Appointments are for 1st shots only. Please do not schedule an appointment at the Tahoe Forest Vaccine Clinic if you received your 1st shot elsewhere. If you arrive at the clinic requesting a 2nd shot, we will be unable to administer it, and you will be turned away.

Online Registration is for Placer and Nevada County Only

UPDATE:  Beginning May 13, vaccine appointments will be open to individuals 12+ years old who either live or work in Placer or Nevada County. Please note: patients 12 - 17 year olds can only receive the Pfizer vaccine on days and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

COVID-19 Vaccination Stand-By List Available via Tahoe Forest Health System

April 6, 2021

Tahoe Forest Hospital System is now offering a stand-by list for our clinic at the Sierra College located in Truckee, CA. 

Who this is for:

  • This is list is for individuals who live or work in Placer or Nevada County
  • You must be 16 yrs or older
  • This is NOT for 2nd dose appointments

How you will be contacted: 

  • All stand-by appointments will be made by phone only.
  • You will need to answer our phone call to receive an appointment. We will not leave a message. Calls will come from a 530 area code, if that is helpful.
  • Stand-by appointments will be same-day only.
  • Stand-by appointments will be anywhere from 15 ¬†minutes to 4 hours from when we call you.
  • Adding your name to this list is not a guarantee that you will receive an appointment.
  • If you are offered a vaccine elsewhere, please take it!

If you are scheduled:

  • You must bring photo ID to your appointment. If your ID doesn't list Placer or Nevada County, also bring a document that shows you live in Placer or ¬†Nevada County (a piece of mail, etc.).
  • Documentation of citizenship or legal status is NOT REQUIRED.

The Stand-By List will be limited to 100 people. We will open and close the list as space on the list open up.

SIGN UP FOR STAND BY LIST

Vaccine Information & Resources

The importance of vaccinations in stopping the spread of COVID-19 cannot be underestimated. Vaccination is a powerful tool for halting this deadly disease. It provides health care workers with an important level of protection, in addition to personal protective equipment and other steps hospitals take to protect caregivers.

For additional information on COVID-19 vaccinations:

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
CDPH: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx
FDA: https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/counterterrorism...

Vaccination and Pregnancy

While getting the COVID vaccine as soon as possible is the safest choice for most people, trials testing the vaccine in pregnant and breastfeeding women have not been completed. We have prepared an informational brochure to help you make an informed choice about whether to get the COVID vaccine while you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. If you have additional questions, please schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns with a healthcare provider by calling (530) 582-6205. Download informational brochure.

Additional Resources

Read about Washoe County's COVID-19 vaccination information specific to the 75-and-older population.