COVID-19 vaccine is here, but supply is limited

The vaccine is one of the most important ways to end the pandemic. Supplies are limited, but we expect more soon.

We are currently vaccinating people who live and work in SF, who are 16 years and older.

When you can, step up for your health, the health of your loved ones, and of your community.

“Laguna Honda resident Hilario De Los Santos gets the COVID-19 vaccine” by Laguna Honda Hospital

What you need to know

Eligibility

People eligible for the vaccine now are people 16 years and older. However, not all sites will have vaccines (Pfizer) for people under 18. Check when you book.

 

Get vaccinated if you live and work in San Francisco and you're eligible.

Timeline

The FDA is currently reviewing data for COVID-19 vaccines for children under 16.

 

Even if you are eligible, there may not be a dose available right now. The vaccine remains in limited supply, but we expect more soon. Keep checking for available appointments.

Where to get the vaccine

You can make an appointment at one of the high-volume sites that the City and local healthcare providers are setting up.

 

The vaccine will also be provided through select community clinics and pharmacies as well as  neighborhood vaccine access sites.

 

You can ride Muni or Paratransit for free, to and from your appointment. See SF guidance on traveling on public transit.

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.

 

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines from the CDC.

Vaccine options

There are multiple COVID-19 vaccines available now. It’s best to get the first vaccine available to you. COVID-19 cases are still high and there are new, more contagious strains here in the Bay Area.

 

All the vaccines have been shown to be very effective in preventing people from getting very sick or dying from COVID-19. For any vaccine, it’ll take a few weeks for you to reach full immunity.

 

Both Pfizer and Moderna require 2 doses, several weeks apart. You must go to 2 appointments.

 

We have paused use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, as of April 13, 2021. The CDC and FDA are reviewing data about very rare instances of blood clots. We will update our vaccine plan as more information comes in. If you got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, contact a healthcare provider if you get a bad headache, stomach pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within 3 weeks. See more information from the CDC

Keep wearing a mask in public after getting the vaccine

It will take time for everyone who wants a COVID-19 vaccine to get one. When you get a vaccine, it will still take a few weeks to build full immunity.

 

Also, while the vaccine may prevent you from getting sick, it is unknown at this time how common it is for you to carry and transmit the virus to others. 

 

Until more is understood, keep protecting yourself and others. Keep wearing your mask and staying 6 feet apart.

 

Stay healthy during the pandemic.

More information

Downloadable resources

Get Vaccinated, San Francisco!

In this video

The vaccine is one of the most important ways to end the pandemic. Supplies are limited, but we expect more soon. When it's your turn, step up for your health, the health of your loved ones, and of your community.

Transcript:

It's time San Francisco to roll up our sleeves and get down to the business of saving lives.

If we're a community in immunity...

 

They are safe and effective.

Millions of people have  already gotten the vaccine.

 

There is no COVID virus in the vaccine and no preservatives either.

The side effects don't last that long.

We miss our friends and family.

 

We need to get back to normal so we can play ball again!

Show off our Pride!

 

Dance in the Saint Patrick's Day parade, Juneteenth.

Honor our Italian roots.

Eat at our favorite restaurants.

Cook for our favorite people.

So we can travel and resume our adventures.

But we can't, unless we do this together.

So sign up and line up.

 

Hit me with your best shot.

So hit me with your best shot, baby!

 

Crush COVID-19. Get the vaccine.

 

It's our best shot to end the pandemic. Together.

Let's heal San Francisco.

Join the vacciNATION

Get this thing done!

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