First 65 and up Covid-19 vaccination given to public at NIHD

Northern Inyo Healthcare District physician, Dr. Stacey Brown, gave the first COVID-19 vaccination for the age 65 and up population group to Wayne Martin of Bishop on Thursday afternoon, January 14.

This was a very personal moment for Martin, who explained that his wife Margy had come down with COVID about six months ago. Martin described the lingering effects on his wife as “just terrible.” He went on to call the vaccine “extremely important for even those who don’t get very sick initially as the after effects can be very devastating. This vaccine is so important for the entire country.”

To make your appointment, call (760) 873-2078, Monday through Friday, between the hour of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. This phone line is not staffed after-hours or on weekends, nor does it have voicemail, so be sure to call between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. According to reports, expect to “redial” a lot!

A BETTER ALTERNATIVE TO CALLING: To receive updates and get on the list to hear when vaccine appointments become available to people in your tier, please visit  and sign up for the COVID Vaccine Registration list.


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4 Responses to First 65 and up Covid-19 vaccination given to public at NIHD

  1. Almost Native January 16, 2021 at 8:45 am #

    Whatever, this article is half misleading and is now discouraging the people that need it the most from trying again. Try telling telling them the truth. More people got turned away then got it!

  2. Reality January 15, 2021 at 11:44 am #

    All the information on the article is accurate. There was a lot of competition, yes. But many got through and got same day appointments. I wish we had more vaccines because I’m ready for it! But I’m too young to qualify. Things may change and vaccines may become more readily available. They are trying as best as they can.

  3. Carol Howard January 15, 2021 at 10:04 am #

    This article is misleading. I stayed on the phone all day. When I finally got through I was told the vaccines were all gone and I was put on a waiting list, with an expected vaccination time in April. I’m in tier 1b. I’ve registered with the county also but my chances of getting vaccinated soon are grim. I’m a patient at Toiyabe but they are not vaccinating non-Indian patients. I’m sure with little vaccine available our cases and deaths will rise while we wait.

    • Charles James January 15, 2021 at 11:46 am #

      The phone option is not the best way to register for the vaccine. Sierra Wave provided the information as given to us by the health authorities. The best way to register and avoid the frustration of trying to do it over the phone is to go to the Inyo County Covid-19 website and register online. It’s simple and easy. Best wishes on getting your vaccination sooner than later.


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