What to do
Those under 18 must have permission from their parent or guardian to get vaccinated unless emancipated.
Vaccines and boosters are highly effective at preventing people from getting very sick or dying from COVID-19 and lowers the risk of developing long Covid.
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. But pharmacies will still give you a vaccine or booster if you don’t have insurance.
One of our affiliated sites
If you don’t have insurance, are a member of the San Francisco Health Network, or face barriers accessing vaccines, go to one of our affiliated vaccine sites. Many take drop ins.
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.
Choose a vaccine
Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are preferred. They work better against newer variants of the virus and have fewer dangerous side effects.
Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) is available in certain situations.
Novavax is now available through health systems, pharmacies, and at some SF Public Health vaccine sites.
We are now offering Novavax vaccine at the following locations:
Southeast Health Center 2401 Keith Street Tues-Sat from 9am-5pm (drop-in)
1099 Sunnydale Ave Mondays 9:30-4:30 pm (drop-in)
Ella Hill Hutch, 1181 Golden Gate, Weds and Sat, 10am to 5:30pm (drop-in)
I.T. Bookman Center, 446 Randolph Street, Fridays 9am to 4pm and 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month 10am to 2:30pm (drop-in)
Novavax is a two-dose primary series available for those aged 18 years and older who have not yet received any prior COVID-19 vaccinations. Doses for the primary series are given three to eight weeks apart (three weeks apart for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised). At this time, Novavax is not considered a booster dose.
Talk to your doctor and check availability if booking.
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.
Get your first series of doses
For both Pfizer and Moderna, 2 doses finish your first series.
Get your 1st and 2nd dose as close to these intervals as possible:
- Pfizer, 3 to 8 weeks apart
- Moderna, 4 to 8 weeks apart
If you miss this recommended interval, you should still get it.
For Johnson & Johnson, 1 dose completes your first series of vaccination.
For all these vaccines, once you finish your first series, it’ll take 2 weeks for you to reach full immunity.
Try not to miss your second appointment. If you do, get in touch with the location where you got your first dose. If you can’t get a second dose there, find a different vaccine site.
Ages 6 months and older are now eligible for their bivalent boosters.
Bivalent boosters are available to all San Franciscans aged 6 months and older.
Pfizer bivalent booster is authorized for 6 months and older.
Moderna bivalent booster is authorized for 6 months and older.
Stay up-to-date on your vaccines
You’re up-to-date on your vaccines if you both:
- Finished your first series of vaccines
- Got all your boosters that you qualified for
If you’re 5 and older and finished your first series, as soon as you qualify, get your boosters. You won’t be up-to-date until you do. For children aged 6 months through 4 years, the booster schedule depends on whether the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccine was given for the primary series. To determine your child’s eligibility please check with your healthcare provider or refer to this CDC infographic.
Someone who finished their first series, but who doesn’t yet qualify for their boosters, is up-to-date on their vaccines. But once they qualify, if they don’t get boosted, they will no longer be up-to-date.
When your immune system is compromised
If your immune system is moderately or severely compromised, you may need an extra dose of the vaccine. This extra dose is not the same as a booster. Talk to your doctor.
Store your vaccine card
Store your CDC vaccine card in a safe place. If you lose your card, see your options.
Cost and insurance
Vaccines are free. You do not need insurance to get the vaccine.
Ride Muni or Paratransit for free, to and from your appointment
On Muni, show your vaccine card or proof of your appointment. You can also show an email confirmation or a photo of your card. See SF guidance on traveling on public transit.
For Paratransit information, see the SFMTA website.
Take Lyft or Uber for free, to and from getting your vaccine
If you’re a healthcare provider
If you’re a healthcare provider, read instructions and guidance from the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
COVID-19 vaccine call center
Call 1-(855) 970-0077 to book an appointment, find a site, or for general questions. You can also email email@example.com.
Last updated January 27, 2023