Booster Note: Mix and Match heterologous boosting is approved by the FDA and CDC. This means that you can get any booster to any vaccine. Moderna boosters are half the size of a primary series dose. Pfizer and Moderna are recommended over Johnson & Johnson. Those under 18 can only get Pfizer.
2nd booster: A 2nd booster of Pfizer and Moderna has now been approved for those 50+ and 4 months past their last vaccine, and for immunocompromised patients (5th dose, also 4 months past last vaccine).
Pfizer is now recommended for all kids, age 5+. Moderna is still only for those 18+
Reminder: The covid vaccine is always free, regardless of citizenship or insurance.
Transportation Update: You can now get free rides to and from vaccine appointments through the UberorLyftapps. If you don't have a smartphone, and Uber/Lyft apps and account, you can call Gogo arrange free Uber transportation for yourself or someone else at 855-497-2117 (Spanish speaking operators available).
Annual flu shots are also available, and recommended ASAP. The CDC says you can get your flu shot and covid vaccine at the same time.
How can you get a vaccine? You can get an appointment, ask someone to make an appointment for you, or just walk-in for a shot at many locations.
OPTION 1: Ask someone to help you book an appointment If you haven't found an appointment yet, reach out and someone can find an appointment that's convenient for you. There are a lot of volunteers out there happy to help (always free), and we don't want anyone left behind! You can also join a Facebook group for support, contact us, email CovidVaccineFairy@gmail.com, or call/text (650) 485-1660 for help booking.
OPTION 2: Book yourself at a pharmacy. You can start on an aggregate site, or on a particular pharmacy site. Some may require a free online account to schedule, but no providers are allowed to require a paid membership (or any other fees or charges--the vaccine is 100% free to the patient at any provider).
If you are in California, you can book through MyTurn.CA.gov. Choose a site with a blue "schedule appointment" button. If you are outside of California, you can Google your state with the words "covid vaccine appointments."
OPTION 4: COUNTY WEBSITES You can also start from your (of a nearby) county or city website. Many of these are open to those outside the county, but some are not. If your county isn't listed below, you can Google your county with the words: "covid vaccine appointment").
A health care provider, even if they normally do not see you or accept your insurance:
KAISER: You don't need to have Kaiser insurance. First you need a medical record number from member services at (800) 464-4000 and then call the appointment line between 6:30 AM and 7 PM at (866) 454-8855 (ignore request for member number to get through to an operator). If you have Kaiser insurance you can also use your online portal to schedule online. If you call, be prepared to list Kaiser locations to check, such as: Berkeley, Richmond, Oakland, Dublin, Walnut Creek, San Jose, Santa Rosa, SF, Antioch, Vallejo, Sacramento, Petaluma, Fremont, San Rafael, San Leandro, Vacaville, Santa Clara, South SF, Redwood City, San Mateo, South Sacramento