We will heal together

Supporting each other through this pandemic and protecting each other from this virus is very important. Due to years of systemic racism, COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the African American Community nationwide. This is why it is important to "Do the Right Thing" and protect your community

Resources to empower


Get tested when any of these apply:

  • When you have Covid-19 symptoms.
  • When you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, test 5 days after your exposure. Testing earlier to find out if you’re positive is optional.
  • When asked by your school, workplace, doctor, or the Department Public of Health.

Click Find out about your COVID-19 testing options | San Francisco (sf.gov) for more information on other times you should get tested.


Cost and privacy:

  • Get 4 free rapid antigen tests for your household at https://www.covidtests.gov/.
  • Some places offer tests for free and do not require insurance.

Boosters are free and key to keeping San Francisco safe.

Recommendations for fully vaccinated:

  • For ages 12-17, a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine is available to people who received their second dose of Pfizer at least 5 months ago. 
  • For ages ages 18+, you can receive a Booster dose of their choice if the minimum time has passed since completing their primary vaccine series:
    • Pfizer or Moderna - Received second dose at least 5 months ago
    • Johnson & Johnson - Received single dose at least 2 months ago
  • Find a nearby pharmacy or vaccine site giving boosters.

For more information click Get your booster | San Francisco (sf.gov)

COVID-19 information



Vaccine Facts

Boosters and additional doses

Boosters are free and key to keeping San Francisco safe.

Go to your doctor or nearby pharmacy or vaccine site.


Boosters are recommended for

  • Anyone 12 or older
  • Anyone who finished their primary series with Pfizer or Moderna, or who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine


Get your booster based on when you were fully vaccinated

  • For Johnson & Johnson, get a booster as soon as 2 months have passed from your first dose.
  • You can get a 3rd dose with an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) 5 months after that as permitted by the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH).


  • For all boosters except the Johnson & Johnson 3rd dose either:

  • Set up a time at your doctor's
  • Find a nearby pharmacy or vaccine site giving boosters
  • Many sites take drop-ins.

Mix or match

  • You can mix your booster so you get a different brand of mRNA vaccine, or you can match it and keep the brand the same
  • Johnson & Johnson
    • For most situations you should get Pfizer or Moderna for your booster and third dose
    • This is recommended by both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) 

For more information visit Get your booster | San Francisco (sf.gov)

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. Before being authorized for use, all COVID-19 vaccines were tested in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people to make sure they met safety standards and protected adults of different ages, races, and ethnicities. There were no serious safety concerns in the trials. CDC and the FDA continue to monitor the vaccines to make sure they are safe.

Can the vaccine give me COVID-19?

No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently used or in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

What if I've had COVID-19?

You should get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19. While you may have some short-term protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection will last.

Is it better to get immunity to COVID-19 from a vaccine?

While you may have some shortterm protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection lasts. Vaccination is the best protection. People who get COVID-19 can have serious illnesses, and some have debilitating symptoms that persist for months.

What are the side effects?

The most common side effects from this vaccine have included tiredness, swelling, muscle pains, chills, nausea, fever, headaches, pain and redness at the vaccination site. Side effects after the second shot may be more intense than the ones experienced after the first shot. These side effects are normal signs that the body is building protection and should go away within a few days.


Who can get the vaccine?

The vaccine is one of the most important ways to end the pandemic.

We are currently vaccinating people who live or work in SF, who are 5 years and older.

Step up for your health, the health of your loved ones, and of your community.

Where are vaccines required?

You must show proof of your first series of vaccinations for large indoor events.

Other businesses are no longer required to get proof of vaccination. But a business can choose to require staff and customers to be up-to-date on both vaccines and boosters.

You are urged to get up-to-date on your boosters as soon as you qualify.

Be prepared to show your Vaccination Record Card (CRC) from the CDC. Or show a photo of the card on your phone.

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

Vaccines and boosters protect everyone against the continued spread of COVID-19. Cutting down the spread of COVID-19 helps keep San Francisco businesses open.

You also need to follow San Francisco’s mask requirements.

For more information on vaccine requirement or show a negative test instead for Businesses, and Healthcare workers click on this link: Vaccine required | San Francisco (sf.gov)

Updates to the health order

The updates to San Francisco’s Safer Return Together Health Order are a response to the city’s efforts against COVID-19.

When to wear a mask?

Masks are no longer required in most public indoor settings. Masks are strongly recommended, especially for unvaccinated people. 

No matter your vaccine status, you must wear a mask when you are:

  • Seeking healthcare (including any waiting rooms)
  • At long-term care facilities and adult and senior care centers
  • Inside homeless shelters, cooling and heating centers, and emergency shelters
  • Inside a jail
  • On public transportation (or waiting for it indoors)
  • Driving or riding in a taxi or rideshare vehicle (even by yourself)

You must also wear a mask wherever a business, venue operator, or host chooses to require everyone to wear masks. Always bring a mask with you,  just in case.

The City and County of San Francisco requires everyone to wear a mask inside all city-run facilities, including City Hall, libraries, recreation centers, and offices until March 18. After March 18 masks are only required in public hearing rooms while in session.

For more information on mask wearing and most effective masks click on the link. Wear a mask | San Francisco (sf.gov)

"I got my COVID vaccine and my COVID test because I understand the importance of why we need to keep our elders safe." — Lifelong Lakeview resident EJ Jones

Click on these links to COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine locations. COVID-19 Testing Locations: https://datasf.org/covid19-testing-locations/. Vaccine Locations: https://sf.gov/vaccine-sites
Find San Francisco’s Testing and Vaccine locations…

3rd Street Youth Center- Free COVID-19 Home Test kits for Bayview Residents. Please click link for more information: https://www.instagram.com/p/CYuhiFcPfkv/?utm_medium=copy_link

COVID-19 Testing Locations: https://datasf.org/covid19-testing-locations/

COVID-19 Vaccine Locations: https://sf.gov/vaccine-sites

Community COVID-19 vaccine events: https://sf.gov/community-covid-19-vaccine-events

BVHP COVID Test & Vax Calendar_2 weeks (May 15- May 28): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iVtz5xRkLXwCcyhfHcPS3CE9eYZYcvvT8SM…

“Uzuri Pease-Greene - Executive Director of Community Awareness Resource Entity (C.A.R.E.)” by Christopher Victorio

What does "Together We Heal" mean to you - Vaccination Conversation

In this video

A conversation with Dr. Navenna Bobba and Nikki Thomas about the COVID-19 vaccine.


all right

isn't this wonderful it's nikki thomas

in the afternoon kblx family we have


informative exciting conversation today

and i'm sure you've been hearing it on

the radio together

we heal and it sounds amazing

that's because it is amazing and we've


more of your questions answered today

because we have an

expert in the building she is dr

navina baba from the san francisco

department of

public health how are you today i'm

really i'm well thank you so much for

asking it's my pleasure to be here

i love it that we have a doctor in the

house because

all the questions that we have about


about the vaccine it's so interesting

it's an ongoing dialogue that's

happening right now

that's so important and the together

we heal campaign is doing an excellent

job of doing just that bringing the

community together

uh in an effort to heal and to provide


information and the resources that we

need right now so

tell us more about the together we heal

campaign and how

how it all began yeah i'm excellent um

introduction about the

together we heal campaign so the

campaign is really an awareness campaign

it was born out of the community and has

really been community driven and led

which makes it so exciting um it's an

awareness campaign

um that talks about how you know people

within the community are protecting

themselves and each other

and their families and their community

members all the actions that they're

taking um and you know at the beginning

of the pandemic this was included

getting testing

um and ensuring you know that they were

masking and socially distancing and that


and it's evolved to you know as vaccines

have enrolled to getting vaccinated

so um it it really highlights the unsung

heroes the frontline people that are

doing this work

um and all of us in fact um in our

in the ways that we are protecting each

other um so it's a tribute to that it's

a reminder

of you know all that we've been through

and where we've come and where we're


um so it's it's a campaign um that is

actually it is centered on our

communities that have been most impacted

by cobit which includes our black

african-american communities and our

communities of color

i love the idea of putting some extra

on coming together at this time because


one of the loneliest times because we

could have a whole another conversation

about how lonely it is to

um speak to all the things that we've

been through

you know the lockdown the isolation the

stay home

the are there going to be enough

supplies for me

so the word together is just very


right now um so how is san francisco

ensuring that equity plays a role

in the distribution of the vaccines

yeah you know one of the things that um

again um the fact that

you know that the the pandemic has

really impacted our communities of color

we were very intentional in how we

rolled out vaccine

um and we worked with our healthcare

partners as well as our community


to ensure that there was um access low

barrier access to vaccine

um and so our mass vaccine vaccination

sites we intentionally set them up in

more the southeast quadrant of the city

so the market

um city college and then also um and

moscone um

and south of market um all again very

intentional that we wanted to make sure

that the communities that were hardest

hit by cobit also had

first priority access to vaccine

additionally um we've done a lot of

neighborhood community

um events um with our community-based


to ensure that that um you know if

people don't want to go to a big

center that they have you know maybe a

small local area that

they would feel more comfortable going

to um they have access to they can ask

questions um and then obviously i'm

partnering with the medical community

because people really do trust their


um and want to get that one-on-one and

so ensuring that vaccines

um could be made available in healthcare

systems as well

okay so doctor i'm going to hit you with

a bunch

of the hardcore vaccine questions these

are always my

favorite because at a time like this

it's like folks

want like some definite answers and they

want to make sure that they've got the

facts straight

so does the vaccine contain the live

covet 19 virus

what are the ingredients found in the

vaccines and can these ingredients be

found in other vaccinations

medicines are things we use in our

day-to-day lives

so for the first question um none of the

vaccines contain lime virus

in fact none of the vaccines contain the

entire virus

almost all the vaccines have been

developed from a piece of the virus that

your immune system is able to respond to

um so how i like to um think about this


what the what the vaccines do is it

gives you a recipe

to um for your body to defend yourself

against cobia

um and so if you think about it kind of

as an analogy

if the first time you've ever eaten cake

and it's probably um you know many years

for a lot of us but if you just think

back to that moment

if you thought well gee i want to make

that that you had no recipe

think about all the things that you

would have to try to do right you have

to try to figure out well it tastes a

bit sweet so i should bring some buy

some sugar

and if you you know bought it or if you

ate a chocolate cake you'd think oh

maybe there should be some chocolate but

most of us would probably have a

disaster of a cake without a recipe


but and it's the same with the virus um

the first time your body sees

the virus it may not know what to do and

it may um the virus may overwhelm it and

that's why we get a lot of bad um

outcomes from cobit but if we can give

your body the road map of how to protect

itself just like we need a recipe to

make a cake

um you will have a much better outcome

in fact these vaccines are so effective

that um you know the majority people

don't get disease at all and the

minority that do

it's very mild disease so um that

that is just one explanation and what we

give you is one

ingredient to um ensure that your body

can protect itself against the vaccine

so no lie vaccine

and just one small ingredient that is

taken from the virus but it's not live


and then in terms of the um actual

what's in the vaccine

um you're right that there are things in

the vaccine but they're

um there are inactive ingredients that

allow um the vaccine to be viable

um in terms of being able to get into

your body um but these are all things

that are found in normal

everyday foods and medicines so

most of us are exposed to these

ingredient active ingredients on a

regular basis

um and they don't pose any harm

unless there's one specific case if you

have a specific

allergic reaction to one of these

ingredients it might cause harm but that

allergic reaction is very rare

wow i think i think the analogy about

the cake was the best answer

that i've heard in this entire pandemic

oh uh seriously that's something that i

was in the dark

about and as you answered the question i

was like oh

wow everything made sense because we

were seeing so many

um stories at the beginning of the

pandemic about

the virus overwhelming the body and

you know as we go along it just makes

sense that you know

the explanation that you just gave us it

just it made everything

make sense in my head that it's just


wow okay so what resources would you

recommend for someone wanting to educate


and make an informed decision on getting

vaccinated because that's what we're all

trying to do right now

yes um and i think there's a couple

different resources i can point to

um one is you know the cdc has

guidelines the california department of

public health has guidelines and our own

um you know government um sf.gov has a

lot of

great resources um so i would say um

those are all good places that to find

good information and correct information

the other thing that i would say is if

you are listening to this and you've

gotten vaccinated

you are like one of the best people to

talk about vaccine and why you got

vaccinated to your

loved ones um to your neighbors to your


if um you made that decision and what

kind of compelled you to make that

decision and why you felt

it was the right decision to you because

it is those one-on-one conversations

that really

um help to get the right facts out there

um we also know that people trust their


and we are making um you know doctors

available at our vaccine sites to answer


so if you do have questions um and

you're in san francisco we can

definitely accommodate that

but um i always think um the people that

have gotten vaccinated and the choices

of why they've decided to

are one of the most powerful tools we

have so i would really encourage you

if you have questions to talk to

somebody that's gotten vaccinated

um or talk to your doctor and if you

have been vaccinated to kind of spread

the word

amazing amazing i'm so glad that we get

together for conversations like this

because they

really really allow us to feel

empowered and also shift into a decision

one way or the other um again there's so

much information that we get

i mean our phones are great technology

but at the same time it can lead us

down all these different rabbit holes

and you just don't know which way to

turn sometimes

so this has been an amazing conversation


again i i feel like the weight has been

lifted and now i see the light

and everything is just coming together

in in the brain right now so if you want

more information you can go to sf.gov

and all the things that we've talked

about there's resources there's

information so that you

can make an empowered decision uh nobody

likes to feel like somebody's making


for them um that's the other thing so

again when we say together we heal it's

not just

a one option thing it is hey we're

coming together

for conversations and for information

and to clear the air and to get

uh the proper information um to everyone

who wants and needs it

dr navina baba san francisco department


public health thank you so much

for this you don't even know it's almost


i feel like i i'm we're on facebook live

and i'm in church too i feel like i'm in

church because

i'm like preach says preach this is


awesomeness again sf.gov kblx family for

more information and for more resources

together we heal

i could not have said that better doctor

navina baba thank you so much for your

time today

oh my pleasure thank you so much nikki

take care thank you

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COVID and…

COVID and…(Employment and Business Resources)

City & County of San Francisco Department of Human Resources - Job Seekers



OEWD (Office of Economic & Workforce Development)

OEWD Covid Response Website www.oewd.org/covid19

WorkforceLinkSF - https://workforcelinksf.org/en/

First Source Hiring Resource Guide: https://oewd.org/first-source


San Francisco Human Rights

From our community partners at@NcbwSf

On-going Recruitment for the 100 Black Women Doris Ward Workforce Development

Female 25-59 click https://ncbwsf.org/doris-ward-workforce-training/…… Honored to lead the program w/ these great ladies https://ncbwsf.org/instructors/


San Francisco Office of Small Business

Thinking of opening or expanding a new storefront small business in SF? You may qualify for #feerelief! Learn more about #FirstYearFree, SF’s innovative small business support program, and determine if you qualify. https://sftreasurer.org/first-year-free #SFBiz

COVID and...(Community Events)

San Francisco Public Library

Click for: Upcoming Events | San Francisco Public Library (sfpl.org)


Presentation: How to Create Your Own Business Website - Friday, 06 May 2022; 11:00 - 12:00

Presentation: How to Create Your Own Business Website | San Francisco Public Library (sfpl.org) 

Click on link to register: Meeting Registration - Zoom


Black Excellence, Black Invention (Exhibit): 05 February - 23 June 2022

African American Center Exhibit Space - 3rd Floor

Main Library

100 Larkin Street


Activity: LEGO Free Play - Saturday, 7 May 2022; 2:00 - 3:00

Park Meeting Room



1833 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94117


Presentation: Introductory Family History Research - Friday, 6 May 2022; 2:00 - 3:30

Virtual Library

Click on link to register: Webinar Registration - Zoom

COVID and...(Safety Resources)

Tsunami Preparedness Week - March 25-29

For more information on Tsunami preparedness and areas that are more susceptible to damage click this link, Tsunamis | SF72.


The Great Shake Out - How to hold an earthquake drill



City Alert Options

We know information is critical during any emergency. This is why we use multiple tools to send out emergency public information. Visit https://sfdem.org/get-city-alerts to use the tools the work best for you.



AlertSF is a text, e-mail and phone-based notification system for San Francisco's residents and visitors. AlertSF will send alerts regarding emergencies disrupting vehicular/pedestrian traffic, watches and warnings for tsunamis, flooding, and Citywide post-disaster information to your registered wireless devices, email accounts and phone numbers.

To sign up for AlertSF text your zip code to 888-777 or visit: www.alertsf.org


Twitter: @SF_Emergency

@SF_Emergency is the Department of Emergency Management’s official Twitter account for emergency public information. In general we provide information on 1) what to do (e.g., avoid the area); and 2) what geographic area is impacted; and 3) whether the incident is related law enforcement, fire, transit, or traffic.

Follow us at @SF_Emergency



SF72 moves beyond the concept of building a disaster kit — instead, it will provide accessible tools and simple steps to help San Franciscans connect with one another and support their communities, now and in the event of an emergency. SF72 has the following features:

Connect offers a forum for individuals or groups to share and connect with their community. This section allows users to list and pledge their skills and resources — such as a generator, bottled water, or babysitting services — to help their chosen network during an emergency.

Prepare is the educational component of the SF72 website. It is the central location where residents can learn how to protect themselves, their family, and their friends from potential hazards. It provides the tools needed to share and teach preparedness, using personalized stories and identifying triggers that prompt people to prepare. We believe a thousand tiny acts of preparation can have just as much impact as bunkers and hardhats.

CityNow is the portion of the website that will provide up–to–date information on current emergencies, including a description of the emergency and instructions for any actions that the public should take (e.g., boil water, shelter in place, avoid the area around Civic Center, etc.). This section of the website will become the homepage of SF72 during a major emergency.

To learn more visit www.SF72.org

COVID and... (Housing and Rental Assistance Resources)

Apply to get help with your rent

  • You can apply to get up to 18 months of rental assistance, including utility assistance. https://sf.gov/renthelp

Rent Assistance -  https://www.homeownershipsf.org/renters/

COVID-19 emergency tenant protections - COVID-19 emergency tenant protections | San Francisco (sf.gov)

COVID and...(Resources for the Immigrant Community)


SF Pathways to Citizenship is hosting a FREE in-person citizenship workshop on Saturday, April 9th. Masks and proof of vaccination required. You must have an appointment to attend.

Call 415-662-8901 and leave a message to register. Learn more: http://sfcitizenship.org



Help for immigrants during coronavirus | San Francisco (sf.gov)

COVID and...(Food Resources)

To address the needs of our community that were here before COVID and worsened due to COVID, we came up with the concept of “COVID and.” We will place resources and upcoming events in this section so you can get important information.

photo of people sharing what "together we heal" means to them


Together we heal is a partnership between MegaBlack SF, San Francisco African American Arts and Cultural District, San Francisco Black Wall Street, and the San Francisco Covid Command Center.