FACE MASK POLICY UPDATE 02/16/2022

Face masks are STILL REQUIRED IN HEALTH CARE SETTINGS per a California Department of Public Health and CAL-OSA order. Face masks MUST BE WORN in healthcare facilities like medical clinics, hospitals & dental offices – regardless of vaccination status.


Learn about CHC masking policies


The federal government has shipped N95 masks to community health centers across the country including CHC. 3 free facemasks per person can be picked up at any CHC clinic location WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. Learn more and get answers to questions on our Free N95 Masks page:


Learn about free N95 masks

COVID-19 Testing


COVID-19 testing is available for anyone (even non-CHC patients) at the 3 walk-in locations shown below. Current CHC patients can also get tested at select CHC locations – call our Navigation Center at 1-(866) 614-4636 to check for your nearest clinic. One of our caring representatives will assist you in scheduling an appointment with a provider or obtaining a COVID-19 testing referral.


Rapid and PCR COVID-19 tests are available for anyone at these CHC locations on a walk-in basis:

      •  
Santa Maria
CHC Del Valle
430 S Blosser Road
Santa Maria, CA 93458
(805) 361-8900
Get Directions >>
Arroyo Grande
CHC Walk-In
1205 E Grand Ave, Ste H
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
(805) 994-2300
Get Directions >>
Paso Robles
CHC Paso – Los Robles
2800 Riverside Ave Suite 101
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 238-7250
Get Directions >>


Existing CHC patients or anyone preferring to see a provider for their COVID-19 test can schedule an appointment with any of the following clinic locations:

      •  

Northern SB County

  • Lompoc
Lompoc

CHC – Lompoc
1300 W. Ocean Avenue
Call (866) 614-4636

Rapid & PCR COVID-19 Testing
**Appointment Required
Monday – Friday 7:30am-5:30pm


  • Santa Maria – 2 Locations
Santa Maria – 2 Locations

CHC – Santa Maria Way
2801 Santa Maria Way
Call (866) 614-4636

Rapid & PCR COVID-19 Testing
**Appointment Required
Monday – Friday 8:00am-6:00pm



CHC – Vallarta

1835 North Broadway
Call (866) 614-4636

Rapid & PCR COVID-19 Testing
**Appointment Required
Monday – Wednesday 8:00am-7:00pm
Thursday – Friday 8:00am-6:00pm


  • Guadalupe
Guadalupe

CHC – Santa Maria Way
2801 Santa Maria Way
Call (866) 614-4636

Rapid & PCR COVID-19 Testing
**Appointment Required
Monday – Friday 8:00am-6:00pm



CHC – Vallarta

1835 North Broadway
Call (866) 614-4636

Rapid & PCR COVID-19 Testing
**Appointment Required
Monday – Wednesday 8:00am-7:00pm
Thursday – Friday 8:00am-6:00pm

Southern SLO County

  • Nipomo
Nipomo

CHC – Nipomo
150 Tejas Place
Call (866) 614-4636

Rapid & PCR COVID-19 Testing
**Appointment Required
Monday – Friday 7:30am-5:30pm


  • Oceano
Oceano

CHC – Oceano
2120 Cienaga Street
Call (866) 614-4636

Rapid & PCR COVID-19 Testing
**Appointment Required
Monday – Friday 8:00am-6:00pm


  • Arroyo Grande – 2 Locations
Arroyo Grande – 2 Locations

CHC – Fair Oaks
1057 East Grand Avenue
Call (866) 614-4636

Rapid & PCR COVID-19 Testing
**Appointment Required
Monday – Friday 8:00am-6:00pm



CHC – Station Way

260 Station Way
Call (866) 614-4636

Rapid & PCR COVID-19 Testing
**Appointment Required
Monday – Thursday 8:00am-6:00pm
Friday 8:00am-5:00pm


  • San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo

CHC – SLO Casa
77 Casa Street
Call (866) 614-4636

Rapid & PCR COVID-19 Testing
**Appointment Required
Monday – Friday 8:00am-7:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm

Northern SLO County

  • Templeton
Templeton

CHC – Templeton Las Tablas
1330 Las Tablas Road
Call (866) 614-4636

Rapid & PCR COVID-19 Testing
**Appointment Required
Monday – Friday 8:00am-6:00pm


  • San Miguel
San Miguel

CHC – San Miguel
1385 Mission Street
Call (866) 614-4636

Rapid & PCR COVID-19 Testing
**Appointment Required
Monday – Friday 8:00am-6:00pm


  • Paso Robles
Paso Robles

CHC – San Miguel
1385 Mission Street
Call (866) 614-4636

Rapid & PCR COVID-19 Testing
**Appointment Required
Monday – Friday 8:00am-6:00pm


  • Cambria
Cambria

CHC – Cambria
2515 Main Street
Call (866) 614-4636

Rapid & PCR COVID-19 Testing
**Appointment Required
Monday – Friday 8:30am-5:30pm





COVID-19 Vaccine Information


CHC Is Now Vaccinating: 

  • People ages 18 and older – Moderna vaccines
  • Children ages 5-17 years – Pfizer vaccines

COVID-19 vaccinations and are available for anyone ages 5 or older (12 or older at Fair Oaks location), including non-CHC patients at the following 2 walk-in locations. Boosters/3rd doses are available for people 18 years and older. Current CHC patients can call the CHC Patient Navigation Center at 1-(866) 614-4636 to check for their nearest clinic offering vaccines. One of our caring representatives will assist you in scheduling an appointment for a vaccination.


Arroyo Grande
CHC Fair Oaks
1057 E Grand Ave
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
(805) 270-1700
Get Directions >>
*Walk-ins: Friday 8am-3:45pm
Vaccines Available:
 – Moderna: ages 18 or older
 – Pfizer: ages 12-17 years by appointment
 
Templeton
CHC Templeton
1330 Las Tablas Road
Templeton, CA 93465
(805) 542-6700
Get Directions >>
*Walk-ins: Wednesday 8am-3:45pm
Vaccines Available:
 – Moderna: ages 18 or older
 – Pfizer: ages 5-17 years by appointment

 

Current CHC patients or anyone preferring to see a provider for their COVID-19 vaccines and boosters can schedule an appointment at most of our clinics.

      •  
Book your appointment

Boosters Doses Available:

CHC has the latest bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster shots available for people ages 5 and older who have completed their PRIMARY SERIES of vaccines. 

For the most current information on boosters, see the Centers For Disease Control’s booster information

Northern SB County

  • Lompoc
Lompoc

CHC – Lompoc
1300 W. Ocean Avenue
Call (866) 614-4636

**Appointment Required
Monday – Friday 7:30am-5:30pm
Vaccines Available:
 – Moderna: ages 18 or older
 – Pfizer: ages 12-17 years


  • Santa Maria
Santa Maria

CHC – SM Del Valle
430 South Blosser Road
Call (866) 614-4636

**Appointment Required
Monday – Friday 8:00am-6:00pm
Vaccines Available:
 – Moderna: ages 18 or older
 – Pfizer: ages 5-17 years 



CHC – Vallarta

1835 North Broadway
Call (866) 614-4636

**Appointment Required
Monday & Wednesday 9:00am-6:00pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00am-6:00pm
Vaccines Available:
 – Pfizer: ages 5-17 years

 

Southern SLO County

  • Nipomo
Nipomo

CHC – Nipomo
150 Tejas Place
Call (866) 614-4636

**Appointment Required
Monday – Friday 7:30am-5:30pm
Vaccines Available:
 – Moderna: ages 18 or older
 – Pfizer: ages 5-17 years


  • Oceano
Oceano

CHC – Oceano
2120 Cienaga Street
Call (866) 614-4636

**Appointment Required
Monday – Friday 8:00am-6:00pm
Vaccines Available:
 – Moderna: ages 18 or older
 – Pfizer: ages 5-17 years


  • Arroyo Grande
Arroyo Grande

CHC – Station Way
260 Station Way
Call (866) 614-4636

**Appointment Required
Monday – Thursday 8:00am-6:00pm
Friday 8:00am-6:00pm
Vaccines Available:
 – Moderna: ages 18 or older

 – Pfizer: ages 5-17 years


  • San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo

CHC – SLO Casa
77 Casa Street
Call (866) 614-4636

**Appointment Required
Monday – Friday 8:00am-7:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
Vaccines Available:
 – Moderna: ages 18 or older

 – Pfizer: ages 5-17 years 

Northern SLO County

  • Paso Robles
Paso Robles

CHC – Los Robles
2800 Riverside Ave Suite 101
Call (866) 614-4636

**Appointment Required
Monday – Friday 8:00am-6:00pm
Vaccines Available:
 – Pfizer: ages 12-17 years


  • Cambria
Cambria

CHC – Cambria
2515 Main Street
Call (866) 614-4636

**Appointment Required
Monday – Friday 8:30am-5:30pm
Vaccines Available:
 – Pfizer: ages 5-17 years


COVID-19 By The Numbers
0123456789001234567890,012345678900123456789001234567890

VACCINATION
DOSES

Given to date by CHC in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties (including boosters)

0123456789001234567890.01234567890

% SB COUNTY
FULLY VACCINATED

Eligible Santa Barbara county residents
(5+ years old) having received Primary series
More Info:
SB County Public Health

0123456789001234567890.01234567890

% SLO COUNTY
FULLY VACCINATED

Eligible San Luis Obispo county residents
(5+ years old) having received Primary series
More Info:
SLO County Public Health


SHOCKING FACT:


Even though most of the Coronavirus infection cases have been reported in people under the age of 50, nearly 95% OF ALL COVID-19 DEATHS in the U.S. were people ages 50 OR OLDER!

Please ensure the older, at-risk people in your life are protected by getting their COVID-19 vaccinations and up-to-date boosters. Watch the videos below for more facts.


At risk video – English

En riesgo video – Español


A COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from developing severe symptoms from contracting COVID-19. You may experience some typical and short-term side effects, which are normal signs that your body is learning to build protection.



Answers To Frequent Questions About COVID-19 & Vaccines

  • Can I get the latest, bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster at CHC?
  • What should I do if I think I have been exposed to someone infected with COVID-19?
  • Can I get a 4th dose or 2nd booster of the COVID-19 vaccine?
  • Is the Omicron BA2 variant on the Central Coast?
  • With many Omicron breakthrough infections reported, is this new variant vaccine-resistant?
  • Are masks still effective against Omicon?
  • Will I need a booster shot?
  • Can I get a different type of vaccine for my booster or 3rd dose? Are the vaccines interchangeable?
  • What is the difference between a COVID-19 booster and third dose?
  • Should I get vaccinated even if I already was infected with COVID-19 & recovered?
  • How long will my protection from the COVID-19 vaccine last?
  • Do I still need to wear a mask & avoid close contact, even after I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
  • Do I need to schedule an appointment if I have COVID-19 symptoms?
  • If I didn’t get my second shot of a 2-dose vaccine within the recommended time, what should I do?
  • What is the Delta variant?
  • Is the Delta variant resistant to COVID-19 vaccines?
  • Will I need to pay for a COVID-19 vaccine?
  • How soon can someone infected with COVID-19 spread the virus to others?
Can I get the latest, bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster at CHC?

Yes, CHC is currently administering the latest COVID-19 bivalent boosters for adults ages 18 and older. For more information on boosters, see the CDC’s Information on booster doses

What should I do if I think I have been exposed to someone infected with COVID-19?

The CDC has created their Isolation & Quarantine calculator tool to help determine how long you may need to isolate, quarantine, or take other precautions to prevent spreading COVID-19 – GET STARTED with it here.

Can I get a 4th dose or 2nd booster of the COVID-19 vaccine?

You can get a 4th dose (or 2nd booster) if you:

      • Are an adult aged 50 years and older and received your first booster at least 4 months ago.
      • Are age 12 or older with a moderately or severely immunocompromised condition and received your first booster at least 4 months ago.
      • Are aged 18-49 years and received Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for your first shot or booster at least 4 months ago.

You can read and learn more, plus see the newest FDA & CDC guidelines on this update page.

Is the Omicron BA2 variant on the Central Coast?
No, the Omicron BA2 variant has been detected in several states and is rapidly increasing the proportion of COVID-19 cases however, in California, it is not common at this time. Read this Omicon fact sheet from the California Department of Public Health. 
With many Omicron breakthrough infections reported, is this new variant vaccine-resistant?

Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant. However, breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated are likely to occur. With other variants, like Delta, vaccines have remained effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. The recent emergence of Omicron further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters.

Are masks still effective against Omicon?

The CDC continues to recommend wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission, regardless of vaccination status.

Will I need a booster shot?
The CDC is now recommending that people ages 18 years and older should receive a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after completing their 2-shot series or 2 months after the single Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines. Here is the CDC’s latest information on boosters: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html
 
 
Can I get a different type of vaccine for my booster or 3rd dose? Are the vaccines interchangeable?
Mix-and-matching of vaccine boosters is not only perfectly safe and acceptable but is often preferred. The booster dose of a different vaccine gives the body a chance to develop immunity to slightly different parts of the Covid-19 virus, no matter what variant is going around. The really important thing is to get the booster now, especially since we expect Omicron to come to our area soon. The initial vaccination series, plus any vaccine booster anytime after six months, is what’s beating Omicron down the best. Don’t wait too long for exactly what you want – any booster now beats your preferred-but-not-available choice later.
What is the difference between a COVID-19 booster and third dose?

COVID-19 boosters are used when someone age 18 or older has finished receiving their original vaccine series and their protection against the virus may have weakened over time. Please talk to your health care provider if you have any questions regarding your booster. Boosters are usually half of the original dose.

An additional (or third) dose is administered to people with moderately to severely immunocompromised conditions. This additional dose is intended to improve at-risk people’s responses to their initial vaccine series. Depending on the original series given, your recommended dose will vary.

Should I get vaccinated even if I already was infected with COVID-19 & recovered?

Yes, research has shown that vaccination helps protect you even if you’ve already had COVID-19. Some evidence is showing that people get better protection by being fully vaccinated compared  to just having recovered from a COVID-19 infection. One study showed that unvaccinated people who already had COVID-19 are more than 2 times as likely than fully vaccinated people to get COVID-19 again.

How long will my protection from the COVID-19 vaccine last?
There is still plenty of research being done to look into how long COVID-19 vaccine protection will last. Some recent studies seem to show that protection against the virus may decrease somewhat over time. These reductions in protection have led the CDC to recommend anyone 18 years or older get a booster shot at least 6-12  months after completing their initial vaccination series. 
 
Do I still need to wear a mask & avoid close contact, even after I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, we must all continue to take the recommended safety precautions to protect ourselves and others. This includes covering the mouth and nose with a face mask, frequent hand washing, & social distancing at least 6 feet – even by those who have received their COVID vaccines. The current vaccines help your body to learn to fight against a possible COVID infection, intended to help reduce severity of any possible symptoms. All COVID-19 vaccines will not stop you from contracting the Coronavirus and they will not stop you from spreading it to others if you come in contact with the virus. Please continue to practice all COVID safety measures per the CDC.

Do I need to schedule an appointment if I have COVID-19 symptoms?

If you are sick, please call 1 (866) 614-4636 BEFORE coming to any of our clinics. We will advise you on the best way to receive the care you need without compromising your health, the health of other patients, and our staff.

If I didn’t get my second shot of a 2-dose vaccine within the recommended time, what should I do?
You should get your second dose as close to the recommended 3-week or 4-week interval as possible. There is limited information on the effectiveness of receiving your second vaccine shot more than 6 weeks after your first one. Keep in mind that If you get your second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine after the recommended date, you do not need to restart the vaccine series. You will be considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after getting your second dose. The CDC may update this guidance as more information becomes available.
 
What is the Delta variant?

Delta is currently the predominant variant of the virus in the USA. It has shown to be more contagious and spreads significantly quicker from person to person than previous variants of COVID-19. Some data shows that the Delta variant may be more harmful to unvaccinated people. It may cause more severe illness than previous variants in people who do not get their vaccines. Some fully vaccinated people infected with the Delta variant (called a breakthrough infection) can still spread the virus to others. However, vaccinated people appear to spread the virus for a shorter time. So masks are still required in indoor areas within Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County.

Is the Delta variant resistant to COVID-19 vaccines?
No, COVID-19 vaccines will still offer protection. While the Delta variant is more contagious, infects more people and spreads faster than early forms of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) research has shown that the vaccines can still be effective at reducing the severity of symptoms and can provide some protection.
Will I need to pay for a COVID-19 vaccine?
No, COVID-19 vaccines are available at no charge. CHC patients who get their vaccines on an appointment at one of our clinics may have their insurance charged for a visit. Please call the CHC Navigation center if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment at 1-(866) 614-4636.
How soon can someone infected with COVID-19 spread the virus to others?
Researchers now estimate that anyone who gets infected with coronavirus/COVID-19 can quickly spread it to others i2 to 3 days before symptoms start. People infected with COVID-19 seem to be most contagious 1 to 2 days before they start feeling sick.

Vaccine Facts & Myths:

  • FACT: COVID-19 vaccines will not make your body magnetic.
  • FACT: All 3 vaccines are help protect against all current variants of COVID-19.
  • FACT: COVID-19 vaccines do not contain the virus and will not give you COVID-19
  • FACT: COVID-19 vaccines do not contain microchips
  • FACT: The vaccine will not cause you to falsely test positive for COVID-19
FACT: COVID-19 vaccines will not make your body magnetic.

Not at all, COVID-19 vaccines will not make your body magnetic. All of the COVID-19 vaccines are free from any metals and do not contain any ingredients that could create electromagnetic fields. The site of the vaccine injection on your body, usually your arm, will not become magnetic. The COVID-19 vaccines will not cause magnets or metals to stick to your body. 

FACT: All 3 vaccines are help protect against all current variants of COVID-19.

The Delta variant (B.1.617.2) is now the most common COVID-19 variant in the USA. Nearly twice as contagious as earlier variants and might cause more severe illness. While some research claims that COVID-19 vaccines may be slightly less effective against the latest variants, the vaccines still appear to provide protection against severe COVID-19 symptoms and, in most cases, prevent hospitalization from COVID complications.

FACT: COVID-19 vaccines do not contain the virus and will not give you COVID-19

All of the COVID-19 vaccines currently used in the United States DO NOT CONTAIN any live viruses or deactivated Coronavirus cells. While there are several different vaccines under development, each of them is created to teach your immune system how to recognize and build defenses against the COVID-19 virus. After receiving the vaccine, many people may show some short-term symptoms such as a fever or fatigue. These are signs that the vaccine is triggering an immune response as it learns to detect and fight the Coronavirus. These typically last only a day or two.

FACT: COVID-19 vaccines do not contain microchips

COVID vaccines DO NOT CONTAIN any microchips and will not place any electronic or trackable components into your body.

FACT: The vaccine will not cause you to falsely test positive for COVID-19

The current COVID vaccines in use will not cause you to test positive on a viral test that checks for a current infection. If your body develops the possible and expected immune response, the intended goal of vaccination, you may possibly show up as positive on some antibody tests. Positive antibody tests could indicate that you had a previous infection and that you may have some protection against the Coronavirus. Scientists and experts are currently looking into how COVID-19 vaccinations affect antibody-test results.



Safety During The Pandemic


The most important step in protecting your self and those around you is getting vaccinated. Even after getting your vaccine, there are other precautions and safety measures we all must continue with to help beat this crisis. 


Wear a Mask

Social Distance

Wash Hands Frequently

Sanitize Surfaces




Community Safety Is Our Top Concern


CHC Offers Telehealth Visits

Some patients with significant, qualifying health risks may be eligible for telehealth visits from CHC. This service allows patients and clinicians to connect directly over the phone. Now you can be “seen” while in the comfort of your home, keeping you and others protected during this time. Please call us at 1 (866) 614-4636 to schedule an appointment. CHC is committed to keeping our communities healthy and safe by following best practices for social distancing.

Telehealth visits available at CHC

We Are Keeping Our Sites Clean and Safe

We follow all of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for keeping our areas safe and clean and have procedures in place to maintain them.

  • We are regularly disinfecting all surfaces and cleaning waiting rooms.
  • We are utilizing appropriate protective equipment as indicated by the CDC.
  • We will ask you to wear a mask if you come into one of our sites with fever or respiratory symptoms. 


Beware of COVID Vaccine Scams!
County of SLO health officials are getting reports of scams involving COVID-19 vaccines & remind residents: if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Scammers are using telemarketing calls, email, text messages, social media platforms, & door-to-door visits to perpetrate COVID-19 vaccination-related fraud/scams.

HOW TO SPOT VACCINE SCAMS – watch for signs:

    • Being asked to pay out of pocket to get the vaccine sooner.
    • Requirements to provide credit card information for “shipping purposes”.
    • Charging a fee to gain access to a vaccine or to add a person’s name to a vaccine waiting list.
    • Offers by marketers to sell or ship doses of vaccine for payment.
    • Receiving ads or surveys for vaccines through social media platforms or unfamiliar email addresses.
    • Claims of FDA approval for a vaccine or treatment of which you’ve never heard

If you are unsure a message you receive is legitimate, reach out to family, friends, or the SLO County Phone Assistance Center at (805) 543-2444 where a staff member will help you determine if it is real or a scam.

Learn more at SLO County Health Agency

Recent News

November 11, 2022

We pause today to proudly honor and pay tribute to all the living and fallen veterans who have served their country in the U.S. armed services. We salute you and all the veterans of the U.S. armed services who have given so much – past and present – active duty, reserve, honorably discharged and retired service members.

November 8, 2022

November is Diabetes Awareness month, so CHC would like to share some helpful facts, tips and resources you could benefit from and hopefully reduce your risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 37.3 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes and an estimated 96 million adults have prediabetes. 

October 20, 2022

That’s right – the spooky word on the street is true – CHC’s annual Halloween Candy Buy Back event is BACK! Trade in that extra Halloween candy for great prizes and raffle tickets to enter our raffles for awesome prizes!

© 2022 Community Health Centers of the Central Coast

Language