What to do
New COVID-19 boosters
September 2, 2022: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized Pfizer and Moderna bivalent vaccine (“two strain”) boosters. The new boosters are more effective against the current COVID-19 variants. Here is what you need to know:
- Health care providers and pharmacies will administer the majority of the new boosters. Those with health insurance are encouraged to reach out to their health care providers for the booster.
- You are eligible for the new booster if you’ve completed the primary two dose series, whether or not you’ve had prior boosters, as long as it has been at least two months after your most recent dose.
- The new vaccine is more effective against current COVID-19 variants. The original (Pfizer and Moderna) vaccine will no longer be used as boosters for those 12 and up, but are still safe, effective, and fully approved for someone’s primary series dose.
- COVID-19 vaccine, including the new booster, are safe to give at the same time as flu vaccine. The shots should be given at least one inch apart on the same limb, or on separate limbs.
To get your booster, go to your doctor or nearby pharmacy or vaccine site. Many sites take drop-ins.
Boosters are free and key to keeping San Francisco safe.
Who is eligible
- People aged 12 and older are eligible for the new “two-strain” booster dose at least two months from their last “one-strain” booster dose or completion of the “one-strain” vaccine series.
- Immuno-compromised people can receive the new booster.
- The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 bivalent “two-strain” vaccine is available for people aged 12 years and older.
- The Moderna COVID-19 bivalent “two-strain” vaccine is available for people aged 18 years and older.
Where to get your booster
Your doctor’s or healthcare group
Set up a time with your doctor or healthcare group where you're a patient.
The majority of people in San Francisco get their boosters 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.
Last updated September 14, 2022