What to do
Vaccines and boosters are highly effective at preventing people from getting very sick or dying from COVID-19.
They also lower the risk of developing long Covid.
Stay up-to-date with vaccines
- The primary series (monovalent) Pfizer and Moderna vaccines used from 2020 through March 2023 are no longer available. Instead, all Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are bivalent (contain 2 virus strains) and offer protection against the strains of COVID-19 virus that have been active more recently.
- Everyone age 6 years and up should get a dose of the bivalent vaccine, if they have not yet.
- People 65 years and older who have received one dose of the bivalent vaccine may receive one additional dose, at least 4 months after their initial dose.
- People with weak immune systems who have already received the bivalent vaccine may choose to receive one additional dose, at least 2 months after their initial dose. For people with weak immune systems who are between 6 months and 5 years of age, their eligibility for additional doses will depend on the vaccine they previously received.
- Children 6 months through 5 years of age who have already received one, two, or three doses of the monovalent vaccine should receive one to two doses of the bivalent vaccine. The number of doses recommended will depend on which vaccine they have already received and the number of doses received.
If you are unvaccinated
- Everyone age 6 years and up who is unvaccinated should get one dose of the bivalent vaccine. Multiple doses are not required, except that people with weak immune systems are recommended to get an additional bivalent vaccine dose at least 2 months after the first, and people age 65 years and older may choose to get an additional bivalent dose at least 4 months after the first.
- Children aged 6 months through 4 years who are currently unvaccinated may receive either:
- A two-dose series of the Moderna bivalent vaccine
- A three-dose series of the Pfizer bivalent vaccine
- Children who are 5 years of age and currently unvaccinated may receive two doses of the Moderna bivalent vaccine or one dose of the Pfizer bivalent vaccine.
Learn more about the vaccines and boosters
Where to go
Your doctor’s or healthcare group
Set up a time with your doctor or healthcare group.
The majority of people in San Francisco get their vaccines this way.
Large health systems and some clinics have vaccine sites that can take in more people.
A nearby pharmacy
You can also go to a nearby pharmacy. Many take drop ins.
You may be asked to give proof of insurance.
Even if you don't have insurance, pharmacies will still give you a vaccine or booster.
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- Don’t have insurance
- Are a member of the San Francisco Health Network
- Have had a hard time getting access to vaccines
Community and at-home vaccinations
You can also get vaccinated at community vaccine events. Check for a vaccine event near you.
Those homebound or living in high-risk situations may get vaccinated at home.
If you are under 18
You can get Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. See more about getting vaccinated if you are under 18.
All vaccine types are tested, safe, and effective. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines from the CDC.
Store your vaccine card
Store your CDC vaccine card in a safe place. If you lose your card, see your options.
If you’re a healthcare provider
If you’re a healthcare provider, read instructions and guidance from the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
My Turn assistance
Call My Turn at 1-833-422-4255 or visit myturn.ca.gov to book an appointment or find a walk-in site near you.
Last updated May 1, 2023