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.
What you need to know
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.
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.
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.
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.
About SF’s vaccination rollout
If you are eligible, sign up for an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Supply remains limited.
Resources for home care, transportation, and community connections during the coronavirus pandemic.
Where to get your COVID-19 vaccine in SF. Healthcare workers are eligible if they live or work in SF.
Help register visitors, or provide vaccinations if you have a medical credential.
About the State and federal vaccination rollout
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.