Vaccine required

As of August 20, you must show proof of vaccination to go into bars, restaurants, clubs, and gyms.

Show proof of vaccination

You will need to show proof that you have been vaccinated to go indoors in some places in San Francisco, like:

  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Clubs
  • Gyms
  • Large indoor events
  • Any business or event serving food or drinks indoors

In these places everyone 12 and older will need to show proof of vaccination. You will still need to wear a mask, even if you are vaccinated. 

You can not use a self-attestation of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. You must have proof that you are vaccinated. "Full Vaccination" means two weeks after your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

We’re requiring vaccines to protect everyone against the continued spread of COVID-19. We want to cut down the spread of COVID-19 and keep San Francisco businesses open. 

You can show your Vaccination Record Card (CRC) from the CDC. Or you can show an image of the card, if you have a picture on your phone. Or you can use a digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by the State of California. You can also use an approved private app to verify your vaccination status.

If you don’t have your card, find out other ways to verify you have been vaccinated


If you run a business that will need to verify vaccination, see a list of approved private apps to verify vaccination status.

We also have posters you can download and print out. You will need to have these procedures in place by August 20, 2021. 

Healthcare workers

The health order requires proof of vaccination for some health care providers, including people who work at:

  • Adult day centers
  • Residential care facilities
  • Dental offices
  • Home health aides
  • Pharmacists

Updates to the health order

The updates to San Francisco’s Safer Return Together Health Order are a response to the continued spread of COVID-19. The recent spread is currently driven by the Delta variant, primarily among unvaccinated people. 

San Franciscans should celebrate that 78% of the eligible population is fully vaccinated. But the surge in new cases means we have to protect the unvaccinated and anyone who is not yet eligible for vaccines, such as children under the age of 12. 

San Francisco fully reopened for business on June 15. We have seen encouraging signs that the economy is coming back to life. San Francisco businesses want to stay open, and we want to support them.

Find out more about the Safer Return Together Health Order and the vaccine requirement.

Last updated August 20, 2021