Get vaccinated against COVID-19

Sign up for an appointment or drop in to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

What to do

Book an appointment or drop in at a general public vaccine site

The City is partnering with healthcare providers to operate vaccine sites for people who live, work, or learn in SF. Most of the pediatric vaccine doses go directly to health care providers and pharmacies like UCSF, Kaiser, CVS and Walgreens, Public Health receives a very limited amount of doses for our patients and people without regular access to healthcare.

Children aged 5 to 11 can now get vaccinated against COVID-19. Make an appointment with your health care provider, pharmacy or local clinic.

Many City and school sites have very limited appointments right now. We’re giving the first appointments to people at high risk. More supplies are coming – be patient!

Community vaccine events are not listed as sites. Check for a vaccine event near you.

Get vaccinated at your home, work, or event. If you have a group of 5 people or more, we will bring the COVID-19 vaccine to you.

Vaccine types

You can get vaccinated with one of 3 brands: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen). Check availability when booking.

If you are under 18, Pfizer is the only vaccine type approved for you. See more about getting vaccinated if you are under 18.

If you get either the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccine, you must get 2 doses to be fully vaccinated. If you get the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, you only need a single dose. 

All vaccine types are tested, safe, and highly effective.

Second doses

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines need 2 doses. You should get your second dose as close to the recommended interval as possible:

  • Pfizer 3 weeks (21 days) apart
  • Moderna 4 weeks (28 days) apart

If this is not possible, you can get your second dose up to 6 weeks (42 days) after your first dose. Even if your second dose is delayed beyond 42 days, you should still get it. You will not have to restart the vaccine series.

You should get your second dose at the same site where you got your first dose. Each site needs to make sure they have enough vaccines for people coming back for their second doses. Do not miss your appointment if you can help it.

If you must reschedule your second dose, contact the location where you got your first. If you cannot get a second dose at the same place you got your first, find a vaccine site.


If you’re 18 or older and fully vaccinated, get your booster. Boosters are key to keeping you and San Francisco safe.

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 may not be the same as a booster. Talk to your doctor. 

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 

Use the app to find a ride. See details from Lyft or Uber.

Get help

SFDPH COVID-19 vaccine call center

Call 628-652-2700 to book an appointment, find a site, get vaxed at home, or for questions. You can also email


Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine in San Francisco.

Last updated November 19, 2021