A coronavirus vaccine is now available and the roll-out program in which different sections of the population are able to receive it for free has begun; starting with the elderly, health-care workers, and those most threatened by the virus.
The good news is that millions of people have already gotten the vaccine and distribution hubs are being opened up to the public – including in the bay area. The bad news is that many of these distribution centers are running low on vaccines and there is an uneven level of distribution access across lines of race, ability, and class. Despite an uptick in vaccinations, California still ranks 21st in terms of inoculation rates and finding out how and where to get vaccinated can often be confusing and difficult.
In an effort to provide KPFA listeners with the the most up to date information available in regards to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, we’ve compiled this resource guide for folks across the bay area and beyond.
Main Online Hub for California Vaccine Info:
Easy To Use Map With Vaccine Info and Eligibility:
County by County
Marin Public Health is working in partnership with local hospitals, healthcare facilities, clinics and pharmacies to establish multiple vaccination sites. These include CVS, Walgreens, and others, as well as local hospitals. More info and to see a list of vaccination sites, go here: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/vaccine/status#CDPH
Santa Clara County
All Santa Clara County residents age 65 and older are now eligible to be vaccinated at any vaccination site in the county, regardless of their healthcare provider. There are currently many sites across the county where healthcare personnel (in Phase 1A) and people 65 and older, can get the vaccine. This includes some pharmacies like Walgreens, hospitals like Kaiser and Palo Alto Medical Foundation, VA Palo Alto, the Indian Health Center, and select mass distribution sites. The best hub for information that is being updated regularly is here.
Current mass vaccination site at Levi’s Stadium:
- County residents 65 and older and healthcare providers are eligible. Sign up for an appointment here.
San Francisco County
For those living in San Francisco county, you can visit this online hub for updated information: https://sf.gov/get-vaccinated-against-covid-19
Currently, the following hubs are operating:
- SF Market in the Bay View District: Frontline healthcare workers and people 65 and over are eligible to book an appointment. You do not need insurance to book an appointment. Healthcare workers will need to bring photo identification that proves current employment. Operating Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Book appointment and get more information here.
- Moscone Center: Front-line healthcare workers and people 65 and over are eligible to book an appointment. You do not need insurance to book an appointment. Healthcare workers will need to bring photo identification that proves current employment. Normally operating 7 days a week, 8 am to 6 pm, but will pause February 14 until February 22, for more vaccine supply to become available. Book an appointment here: https://myturn.ca.gov/. Located at: 747 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
- City College of San Francisco: Operating as a drive-thru. For people 65 years and older who live or work in San Francisco. You do not need insurance to book an appointment. Appointments are limited because of the limited supply of vaccines. New appointments are normally posted regularly. City College will pause operations February 14 until February 18. City College will only open on February 19 for second dose appointments. City College will fully reopen when vaccine supply becomes more available. Check availability: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/covid-19-first-dose-vaccination-drive-through-clinic-for-age-65-and-over-registration-140100266669
Located at: Multi-Use Building Parking Lot, 55 Frida Kahlo Way, San Francisco, CA 94112
- San Francisco State University: For people 65 years and older who live or work in San Francisco. You do not need insurance to book an appointment. Open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 am to 4 pm. Book appointment here: https://mhealthcheckin.com/covidvaccine?clientId=1611874501943®ion=NorCal_-_2&urlId=%2Fvcl%2Fsafewaycovidsf
Located at: Mashouf Wellness Center (inside MAC Gym), 755 Font Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94132
For an online hub of various places to get the coronavirus vaccine in Alameda County and for general information, go here.
- Alameda County Fairgrounds: Alameda County and private health care providers are using the Alameda County Fairgrounds, located at 4501 Pleasanton Ave, Pleasanton, CA, for appointment-only COVID-19 vaccination programs. Supply is extremely limited and vaccines are only accessible for eligible patients with a prescheduled appointment – drop-ins are not allowed. More info: https://covid-19.acgov.org/vaccines
- Albany Bulb / Buchanan Street Site: Drive through vaccination site for Berkeley area. Sign up and check availability here.
- Oakland-Alameda Coliseum (FEMA and Cal OES): Expected to be open to eligible members of the public beginning February 16th. Residents with priority will be given to front line workers, long-term care providers, people 65 and older, and educators. The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District will offer fare-free shuttles to the COVID-19 mass vaccination site and BART is offering a ticket good for a free ride home. The fare-free AC Transit shuttle lines will begin on Monday will operate seven days per week from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The first vaccine shuttle will operate every 15 minutes directly from Coliseum BART to the vaccination site. Check availability here: https://myturn.ca.gov/
- UC Berkeley: For UC Berkeley employees. More info: https://uhs.berkeley.edu/coronavirus/vaccines-covid-19
- Kaiser, Sutter, and Stanford are also offering the vaccine to current members. More info here: https://covid-19.acgov.org/vaccines and here: https://oaklandside.org/2021/01/15/covid-vaccine-alameda-county-notify-sign-up/
- Vaccines are also being offered in select CVS, Walgreens, and Safeway stores.
- Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center: A community health center in Hayward, is currently vaccinating Alameda County residents and patients who are 65 years and older. If you are not a patient, text 510-800-7198 and TVHC will send you a link to their wait-list for a vaccine appointment. If you are a patient, text 510-471-5880 to schedule your vaccine appointment.
Contra Costa County
Contra Costa County currently has several vaccination sites for both the insured and the uninsured. For more information and to book an appointment, go here: https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/get-vaccinated
- John Muir Health in Walnut Creek and Contra Costa County is vaccinating patients who are 75 years and older, including patients from outside the county. On Feb. 15, John Muir Health will start vaccinating patients who are 65 years and older. John Muir Health is currently making 3,000 appointments a week, and planning to ramp up to 6,000 by mid-February. More info: https://www.johnmuirhealth.com/patients-and-visitors/coronavirus/covid-vaccine-program.html
The county has currently organized several clinics. Sierra Pacific Orthopedic is also working to mobilize distribution into the foothill and mountain communities by early March. Fresno County residents who do not have internet access can call MyTurn at 1-833-422-4255 to sign up for a notification for when it’s their turn to get vaccinated against COVID-19. MyTurn operators speak English and Spanish, with an ability to add a third-party operator in 254 languages. For general info, go here.
Currently, there is also a mass vaccination site in operation:
- Big Fresno Fair: COVID-19 vaccines at the Big Fresno fair are available ONLY to Fresno County residents. This clinic is specifically for individuals 65+ and healthcare providers and not for family members or the general public. Bring your ID and proof of registration. More info: https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/departments/public-health/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-information
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