A Message From Balboa Nephrology Medical Group

We are monitoring COVID-19 closely and continue to introduce measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Our top priority is the health and safety of our patients. The arrival of the first COVID-19 vaccinations has created a lot of excitement and questions for many of you. The COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. We are strongly encouraging you to get the vaccination when you are eligible and able to do so. While our BNMG Offices do not have the vaccines available at this time, we are encouraging our patients to get vaccinated at the various locations available through the County’s website. We will continue to keep our page updated so you are aware of the opportunities to get vaccinated.

We also recommend that transplant recipients receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to them. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines both have similar mechanisms (mRNA technology) and are not live viruses and they are safe in transplant recipients. We recognize that the vaccine has not been studied in transplant recipients but given the intensity of the surge in Southern California the risk of waiting for more information outweighs the benefit.

Check with your local county Health Department to find out when the vaccine is available in your area.  See updates below.

Balboa Nephrology Medical Group Current Appointment Protocols:

As of Monday, April 5, 2021, BNMG will be able to offer in-office appointments for current and new patients.  If you prefer in person appointments – there are openings available. Telehealth visits will also continue.  

Patients will be contacted by their provider about upcoming appointments.  Masks are required and all BNMG waiting rooms will maintain social distancing with only 1-2 patients allowed with a minimum of 6 feet apart.

  • If you are experiencing a medical emergency, seek care right away.
  • All patients with respiratory or COVID-19 related symptoms are being treated through Telehealth (Video Visits) 
  • If you are unsure or have questions about your upcoming appointment, please call the office where you have your appointment.

Please know that your health is important to us. We will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.BNMG

If you do not have access to the MyChart Patient Portal, please call 858.810.8000. Our team will be able to help you set up your account and activation.

COVID-19 Vaccination Updates

Effective 4/14/
Starting April 15, everyone 16 and older will be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19.  Currently, only the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available in the region. Use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been paused while it is reviewed following recent safety concerns

Also going into effect April 15 is new guidance on gatherings, private and indoor live events, and performances. With San Diego County now being in the Orange Tier, outdoor activities of up to 50 people are now permitted. Indoor gatherings are strongly discouraged but are allowed with modifications and if they do not exceed 25 people.  

Effective 4/5/21:
The UC San Diego vaccination superstation at the RIMAC arena has vaccine appointments available. Make an appointment here.

Effective 4/1/21:  via
All San Diegans 50 and Older Can Get COVID-19 Vaccine.  More San Diegans will be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 now that the state and the County have expanded eligibility to include all people between 50 and 64 years of age, the first group in Phase 2.

Effective 03/30/21: via
Residents of Southeastern San Diego and nearby areas will now have an easier time getting vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.  COVID-19 vaccinations are now being administered at the Educational Cultural Complex in Mountain View, 4343 Oceanview Boulevard, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. 

Effective 03/30/21: via
The County is continuing to expand its efforts to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccines to populations who have suffered the worst outcomes from the pandemic. In February, the County began piloting multiple health-equity focused methods to ensure that eligible County residents who live in the hardest-hit communities can get vaccinated outside of the traditional online appointment system.  Learn more about Project SAVE!

Effective 03/26/21
People can also go to Rite Aid, Walgreens and CVS.  Check each location website for complete details.  Additionally, if your Primary Care Physician is with Scripps or Sharp, you may be able to get your vaccination through them.  Check with your PCP for more information.

Effective 03/26/21: via
The County is continuing to open vaccination clinics in communities most impacted by the pandemic.  Please check the County website for complete details.  

  • Tuesday through Saturday
    9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    North Inland First United Methodist Church

    341 Kalmia Street – Escondido
  • Beginning March 30
    9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Tuesday through Saturday
    Mountain View Educational Cultural Complex
    4343 Ocean Boulevard -Southeastern San Diego
  • Beginning March 31
    9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Sherman Heights Community Center
    For residents of the 92102 and 92113 ZIP codes

Effective 03/23/21: via
The County of San Diego is currently vaccinating individuals in all tiers of Phases 1A, 1B and 1C. Sharp is following state and county guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination, including phases for vaccine distribution.

Effective 03/22/21: via
Two new COVID-19 vaccination clinics are opening in the region and will take measures to focus on people in communities hit hardest by the pandemic.  A walk-up clinic will be administering vaccines from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at Viejas Arena at San Diego State University, located at 5500 Canyon Crest Dr. in San Diego.

Effective 03/21/21: via 
The county’s first and largest vaccination super site at Petco Park, which administered more than 200,000 Moderna vaccines, has closed in preparation for Padres opening day. 

Effective 03/16/21: via
The state notified the County today that it will be allowed to lift some COVID-19 restrictions starting Wednesday and move from the most restrictive Purple Tier into the less restrictive Red Tier.

Effective 03/08/21: via 
The arrival of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will make it easier for San Diegans to be vaccinated against the virus.

Effective 03/03/21: via
Given the ongoing shortage in supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses in the region, local vaccination sites are prioritizing people with second appointments.

Effective 02/26/21: via
Beginning tomorrow, San Diegans who work in emergency services, child care and education, food handling and agriculture workers can sign up for COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

Effective 02/26/21: via
The County is offering free COVID-19 testing to residents 6 months of age or older.  To locate a testing site, please visit or call 2-1-1.  Not sure if you should get tested? This CDC guide may help:

Effective 02/24/21: via
The County of San Diego announced Wednesday that COVID-19 vaccinations will open Saturday, Feb. 27, to people who work in emergency services, child care and education, and food and agriculture (including grocery stores). Currently, health care personnel, long-term care facility staff and residents, and those who are 65 years and older are eligible for vaccines.

Effective 02/23/21: via
Nearly 80,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped to San Diego County have begun arriving in the region, allowing for the rescheduling of all missed second doses and the widespread resumption of first dose appointments.

Effective 02/22/21: via
New COVID-19 vaccinations sites are opening in Lemon Grove and Otay Mesa, the County Health and Human Services Agency on Tuesday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 28th.

Effective 02/18/21: via
Due to delays in Moderna vaccine shipments to San Diego, all County COVID-19 vaccination points of dispensing, or PODs, and the North County Super Station in San Marcos are currently only offering appointments for second dose.

Effective 02/14/21: via
A new COVID-19 vaccination site will open Feb. 14 in Vista, capable of providing up to 500 doses daily. The new clinic will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sundays and Mondays at the Linda Rhoades Recreation Center, 600 North Santa Fe Ave.

Effective 02/12/21: via
Learn where the COVID-19 vaccine is now available at CVS Pharmacy®, by appointment only. When you’re eligible, schedule your first and second doses of the vaccine online. Check back for updates on additional locations as they become available.

Effective 02/12/21: via
The County of San Diego today announced a shortage of vaccine caused by the delayed arrival of an expected Moderna shipment. Vaccination sites county-wide will slow and, in some cases, will pause with appointments rescheduled. The shipment is expected now on Tuesday. Visit the San Diego County website for details.

Effective 02/11/21: via
A vaccination super station will open Feb. 12 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. The drive-up and walk-up site, operated by Scripps Health, will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday and can ramp up to deliver 5,000 doses daily. Appointments are required.
The COVID-19 vaccination site in San Marcos is now immunizing seniors 65 years of age and older, especially those who do not have access to a computer or someone to assist them.

Effective 02/03/21: via
The County has opened four vaccination super stations and operates 15 smaller community points of dispensing (or PODs). All County vaccination super stations and PODs require appointments and can be made at

Effective 02/02/21: via
San Diegans who qualify and want to get vaccinated against COVID-19 will have one more place to do so when the County opens a vaccination super station on Feb. 2 in La Mesa. The La Mesa site, operated by Sharp HealthCare, will open at the Grossmont Center shopping mall, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., Suite 212. Appointments are

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