Bakersfield College

Get Vaccinated!

Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine at BC!

Renegade Nursing Student preparing to administer vaccines

The BC Student Health and Wellness Center is currently administering vaccines on Monday through Thursday between 9 am and 3 pm.

Walk-ins are accepted at all clinics or register at myturn.ca.gov or call (833) 422-4255 and schedule your appointment. Enter the zip code of 93305 to view the Bakersfield College Student Health and Wellness Center availability. For more information, please email covid19vaccine@bakersfieldcollege.edu or call 661-395-4336.

COVID-19 Testing

The BC Student Health and Wellness Center provides free COVID-19 testing services by call-ahead appointments (661-395-4663). For SHWC staff safety, do not physically come to SHWC to make an appointment. Same-day appointments are often available, but are not guaranteed. Visit the Color COVID Testing website for more information on our provided COVID-19 testing.
What you need to have available to schedule your test: 
  1. A valid form of government-issued identification.
  2. If you have insurance, your insurance card—no one is charged for the test, but the State requires insurance information of people who have it.
  3. Your calendar. 

How to schedule a test:

  1. Call SHWC at 661-395-4336 and request a COVID testing appointment.
  2. You will be given a time and location as well as a follow-up email with a campus map indicating where your appointment is located.
  3. Register for a COVID-19 test at https://home.color.com/covid/sign-up/start?partner=cdph838 

What to expect on the day of the test:

  1. Please ensure you are parked legally. 
  2. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled test to fill out the required paperwork.
  3. You will be given a self-swab specimen collection packet and instructions for how to take your swab and retrieve your results.
  4. After you have collected your specimen and sealed the container, the container will be taken by SHWC staff for shipping. 
  5. Approximately 1-3 days later, you will receive your results through “Color.com”. 
Additionally, Rite Aid on Mt. Vernon offers free, drive-through COVID testing from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Appointments can be made through Project Baseline. Otherwise, individuals who require COVID testing should go to the Kern County COVID-19 Testing Sites website to find a convenient location. 

How to Retrieve a Replacement of your COVID-19 Vax Card

Your vaccination record may be available online for immediate and free access. To access your record do the following:

  1. Go to Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record
  2. Fill out your first name, last name, and date of birth
  3. Check “Cell Phone” or “Email” and enter the cell phone number or email address you used when filling out your vaccine paperwork. If you do not recall which cell phone number or email address you used, you attempt with multiple numbers and addresses. 
  4. Choose a 4-digit code that you will use to retrieve your vaccine record. This is a new code, not something you previously gave to the vaccine site. Make sure you write it down. 
  5. Read the legal disclosure and check it if you agree
  6. If the process was successful, you will receive a link by text or email; if the process was not successful try again with a different phone number or email
  7. Click the link and input your 4 digit code to receive information on how to get your new digital record. 

Vaccine Mythbusters

As vaccines are available to all adults in California, please visit our COVID-19 FAQs webpage, and here are some vaccine MythBusters that were mentioned during our April 8 All-Campus Virtual Seminar.

Myth #1: We shouldn’t trust the COVID-19 vaccines because they were rushed.

Fact: The vaccines for COVID-19 do involve new technology, and they were developed in record time, but no shortcuts in the process were done. The new technology for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is called messenger RNA (mRNA). The vaccines were put through rigorous clinical trials involving tens of thousands of volunteers. Typically the FDA requires companies to follow up with volunteers for up to 2 years after receiving the vaccines, but because of how prevalent COVID-19 is, it only took a few months for the clinical trials to collect enough data to make an initial evaluation.\

Myth #2: I already had COVID-19 so I don’t need the vaccine since I have immunity

Fact: Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. Current evidence suggests that reinfection is uncommon in the first 90 days after initial infection. However, experts don’t know for sure how long this protection lasts. The vaccine helps prevent the risk of severe illness from the disease.

Myth #3: Since COVID-19’s survival rate is so high, I don’t need a vaccine.

Fact: It is true that most people who get COVID-19 are able to recover, but it is also true that some people develop severe complications. So far more than 1.7 million people worldwide have died from COVID-19 – and that doesn’t account for people who had to be hospitalized. It also doesn’t account for those people who may have long-term health problems.

Myth #4: The COVID-19 vaccine alters my DNA

Fact: The COVID-19 vaccine does not change or interact with your DNA in any way. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines that teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. The J&J vaccine is a vector vaccine that uses a modified version of a different, harmless virus to deliver instructions to our cells to start building protection.

Myth #5: After getting the COVID-19 vaccine I will test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test.

Fact: None of the currently approved vaccines can cause you to test positive on a viral test. Remember viral tests are used to determine if you have a current infection.

Myth #5: After getting the COVID-19 vaccine I will test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test.

Fact: None of the currently approved vaccines can cause you to test positive on a viral test. Remember viral tests are used to determine if you have a current infection.

Myth #6: The COVID-19 vaccine will make me sick with COVID-19.

Fact: None of the currently approved vaccines in the U.S. contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. The vaccine teaches our immune system how recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. This process can cause symptoms like fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is learning how to build protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.

Myth #7: I have to wait 90 days after having COVID-19 before I can receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact: You do not have to wait 90 days after having COVID-19 to receive the vaccine unless you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma. If you currently have COVID-19 you should wait until you’ve recovered from the virus or at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms, whatever period is longer. If you were asymptomatic, you should wait at least 14 days. These rules apply if you get COVID-19 in between the 2 doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

Myth #8: The COVID-19 vaccine isn’t safe if I want to get pregnant in the future.

Fact: There is no current evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with pregnancy or infertility. If you are breastfeeding you should talk to your doctor, there is limited evidence that you may pass on antibodies to your infant.

Myth #9: Once I get the COVID-19 vaccine, I won’t have to wear a mask or worry about social distancing.

Fact: Even if you get the vaccine, you should continue to wear a mask around others, wash your hands and practice social distancing. These vaccines were developed and tested for their ability to prevent severe illness and death from COVID-19. It’s not clear whether they protect against asymptomatic infection and spread.


Past Clinics

  • Mar.9, 2021: 94 eligible individuals received the Moderna vaccine on campus, administered with partners from VIPMD.
  • Mar. 11, 2021: 105 Johnson and Johnson Janssen vaccines administered on campus for the BC SHWC first on-campus clinic.
  • Mar. 12, 2021: 210 individuals were vaccinated with Moderns through the first drive-thru clinic on-campus, Thanks to partners at Dignity Health.
  • Mar. 14, 2021: 70 eligible people were vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine in Arvin, Thanks to partners at Dignity Health.
  • Mar. 15, 2021: 80 eligible people were vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine at the BC Delano Campus Thanks to partners at Dignity Health.
  • Mar. 21, 2021: 886 individuals were administered at the Kern County's First COVID-19 Drive-thru clinic with the Johnson and Johnson's vaccination drive-thru clinic.
  • Mar. 26, 2021: 1,025 individuals scheduled appointments and walk-ins for the second BC Johnson and Johnson Jassen Clinic.
  • Mar. 31, 2021: 94 Kern County families of children with a developmental disability with collaboration with the Exceptional Family Center.
  • Apr. 6, 2021: 84 second doses and 5 Johnson and Johnson COVID vaccines administered. Thanks to our Partners at VIPMD for coming back to BC to administer.
  • Apr. 10, 2021: 340 Moderna and 196 Johnson and Johnson Janssen Vaccine administered through a BC Drive-thru clinic. 
  • Apr. 11, 2021: 76 Moderna second-dose and 80 Johnson and Johnson Janssen Vaccine were administered in Arvin. 
  • Apr. 12, 2021: 19 Moderna and 60 Johnson and Johnson Janssen Vaccine administered at the Delanoe Campus. 
  • Week of April 13: 22 vaccines administered at the Student Health Center.
  • Week of April 19: 64 vaccines administered at the Student Health Center.
  • Week of April 26: 16 vaccines administered at the Student Health Center.
  • Week of May 3: 28 vaccines administered at the Student Health Center.
  • Friday, May 7: 25 Johnson and Johnson @ David Nelson Pocket Park from 1 to 3 pm in partnership with Andre Gonzalez's Office, Centric, Latino Task Force, and Upside Productions.
  • Saturday, May 8: 136 Moderna vaccines administered via the BC Drive-Thru Clinic on campus from 10 am to Noon.
  • Week of May 10: 106 vaccines administered at the Student Health Center.
  • Friday, May 14: 12 Johnson and Johnson Jassen vaccines administered at the 7th Day Adventist Church in Lamont from 10 am to 12:30 pm 
  • Week of May 7: 83 vaccines administered at the Student Health Center.
  • Week of May 24: 30 vaccines administered at the Student Health Center.
  • Week of May 31: 20 vaccines administered at the Student Health Center.
  • Tuesday, June 1: 12 Moderna vaccines were administered at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church clinic from 5 to 8 pm
  • Thursday, June 3: BC assisted the clinic where over 178 individuals were administered the Pfizer vaccine in partnership with the Governor's Office, Kern Medical, Telemundo, and KGET-TV 17 
  • Saturday, June 5: 39 vaccinated at the BC walk-in Clinic on campus from 10 am to 2 pm: Moderna (+18)
  • Thursday, June 10: 40 vaccinated at the Hindu Temple of Kern County (6700 Valley View, Bakersfield) from 5 to 8 p.m.: Moderna (18+) and Pfizer (12+)
  • Week of June 7: 38 vaccines administered at the Student Health Center
  • Tuesday, June 15 & Wednesday, June 16: 16 vaccinated on-campus in the Student Life Office from 10 am to 3 pm: Moderna (18+) and Johnson and Johnson Janssen (18+)
  • Week of June 14th: 32 vaccines administered at the Student Health Center
  • Friday, June 18: 6 vaccines at Mercado Latino (2105 Edison Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93305) from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Moderna (18+) and Pfizer (12+)
  • Saturday, June 19: 9 vaccines at Yokuts Park (4200 Empire Drive) as part of the 6th Annual Juneteenth Celebration from 3:30 to 8 pm:  Pfizer (12+)
  • Week of June 21st: 14 vaccines administered at the Student Health Center
  • Monday, June 21: 39 vaccines administered at the BC Delano Campus from 5 to 8 pm: Moderna (+18) and Pfizer (12+)
  • Thursday, June 24: In partnership with the Governor's Office, Kern Medical, Telemundo, and KGET-TV 17 @ 2120 L St, Bakersfield, CA 93309 from 3 to 7 pm: Pfizer (12+) and Johnson and Johnson (18+)
  • Wednesday, June 23: 17 vaccines administered at the Kern County Veterans NOR Veteran's Hall (400 Norris Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93308) from Noon to 3 p.m.: Moderna (18+) and Pfizer (12+)
  • Week of June 28: 19 vaccines administered at the Student Health Center
  • Tuesday, June 29: 9 vaccines administered at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church (1900 Baker Street) from 5 to 8 pm: Moderna (+18)
  • Week of July 5: 18 vaccines administered at the Student Health Center
  • Thursday, July 8: 28 vaccines administered at the Hindu Temple of Kern County (6700 Valley View, Bakersfield) from 5 to 8 p.m.: Moderna (18+) and Pfizer (12+)
  • Saturday, July 10: 10 administered at the BC Mass Clinic on campus from 10 am to 2 pm: Moderna (+18)
  • Week of July 12: 16 vaccines administered at the Student Health Center
  • Week of July 19: 12 vaccines administered at the Student Health Center
  • Monday, July 19:  33 administered at BC Delano Campus from 5 to 8 pm: Moderna (+18) and Pfizer (12+)
  • Wednesday, July 21: 18 administered at Kern County Veterans NOR Veteran's Hall from Noon to 3 p.m.: Moderna (18+) and Pfizer (12+)
  • Saturday, August 7: 3 vaccines administered at the BC Mass Clinic on campus from 10 am to 2 pm: Moderna (+18) 
  • Monday- Thursday 8/8-22: 164 vaccines administered on campus 9am to 3pm: Moderna/J&J (+18) 
  • Monday- Thursday 8/23-9/2: 204 vaccines administered during the Renegade Welcome Week Clinics on campus 9am to 3pm: Moderna/J&J (+18) 

Total Vaccines Administered by BC Student Health Center = 4,718


Volunteers and Vaccinators Needed!

The BC COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic planning team is working on multiple vaccination events that are contingent upon vaccine availability. We are working with Kern County Public Health and other providers to be able to administer the vaccine to our community via the eligible COVID-19 vaccination schedule. As the vaccine becomes more available, the campus is looking to be utilized mass vaccination clinic sites. We also bring pop-up clinics to both Delano and Arvin. If you or a family member is willing to volunteer, training will be provided for your role. To sign up, please complete the BC Vaccination Clinic Volunteer Interest Form.