COVID-19 vaccine is here
The vaccine is one of the most important ways to end the pandemic.
We are currently vaccinating people who live, work, or learn in SF and are 12 years and older.
Step up for your health, the health of your loved ones, and of your community.
What you need to know
Everyone 12 and older can get the vaccine now.
People under 18 can only get the Pfizer vaccine. However, not all sites will have the Pfizer vaccine. Check when you book.
People under 18 should get permission from a parent or guardian to be vaccinated. Learn more.
There are 3 COVID-19 vaccines available now: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).
All the vaccines are proven to be highly effective at preventing hospitalization or death from COVID-19.
For any vaccine, it’ll take 2 weeks for you to reach full immunity.
Both Pfizer and Moderna require 2 doses, several weeks apart. You must go to 2 appointments.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single shot. After a short pause to review health data, San Francisco resumed using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in April.
Talk to a healthcare provider about getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine if you have a history of blood clots and low platelet count, or if you are female 18 to 50 years old and have questions. If you got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and have any of the following symptoms within 3 to 4 weeks, get medical care right away:
- Shortness of breath
- Back pain
- Leg pain or swelling
- Persistent abdominal pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Severe headaches or blurred vision
- Easy bruising or tiny blood spots under the site of injection
Where to get the vaccine
You can make an appointment at one of the high-volume sites or pharmacies that the City and local healthcare providers set up.
Masks after the vaccine
When you get a vaccine, it will still take 2 weeks to build full immunity. Fully vaccinated people can now unmask in most situations. But even after you have full immunity, you will still need to wear a mask in some places.
Follow masking guidelines after getting the vaccine.
Keep your CDC vaccine card safe
Store your CDC vaccine card in a safe place. If you lose your card, see your options.
How vaccines work
The vaccine teaches our cells to make harmless proteins that look like the virus. Your immune system recognizes that this protein does not belong, and builds an immune response to get rid of it.
Your immune system can then fight the real virus if you are exposed later.
About SF’s vaccination rollout
If you live, work, or learn in SF, sign up for an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Answers to common questions about the vaccine for people under 18.
See if there’s a vaccine event you’re eligible for, or if there’s an event near you.
People getting their first shot at select SF vaccine sites can get a free pair of tickets to a Giants game.
Help register visitors, or provide vaccinations if you have a medical credential.
About the State and federal vaccination rollout
Every California resident who has or will get vaccinated is eligible. See details about prizes.
Directions for how Californians should be prioritized for vaccines, from CDPH.
Help make sure vaccination in California is equitable. You can attend meetings and give public comment.
COVID-19 information for San Francisco
Official instructions about becoming a vaccine provider in SF.
Official instructions about requirements to operate your business.
Information about the vaccine, and detailed instructions about staying healthy during the pandemic.
See how many San Franciscans have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.