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.

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

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.


Get vaccinated if you live, work, or learn in San Francisco.

Vaccine options

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


See fact sheet about the J&J vaccine.

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.


You can also get vaccinated at community vaccine events, select community clinics and community vaccine sites.


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


Take Lyft or Uber for free, to and from getting your vaccine. Use the app to find a ride. See details from Lyft or Uber.

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.


Stay healthy during the pandemic.

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.


Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines from the CDC.

More information

Downloadable resources

Get Vaccinated, San Francisco!

In this video

The vaccine is one of the most important ways to end the pandemic. When you can, step up for your health, the health of your loved ones, and of your community.


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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