How much does the vaccine cost? Nothing, it's free, even without health insurance.
I don't have health insurance. Where can I go? You can go to any provider, regardless of what type of insurance you have or do not have. No insurance necessary.
I'm an undocumented immigrant. Am I eligible? Yes, if you are in an eligible category, based on health condition, age or employment. You are entitled to the vaccine like everyone else living here, and will not be asked any questions regarding citizenship.
Are kids able to get vaccinated yet? The Pfizer vaccine is the only one currently approved for children 16 and up. If eligible, they can be vaccinated at most locations that carry Pfizer, including Walgreens, Stanford Children's, and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital (415-476-3307). All other 16-17 year olds will be eligible for the vaccine in California 4/15. Vaccine Finder can help you figure out which locations carry Pfizer. No vaccinates are approved for children under 16 yet, but they are testing them now and hoping to approve soon. UPDATE: UC Davis has started vaccinating 16+ regardless of eligibility. UPDATE: UCSF Children's in Oakland may now be vaccinating all 16-21 year olds, regardless of residency and eligibility, even for non-patients, though some are reporting that you need to be either a current patient or eligible. 415-514-1196
Do I need a second dose? If so, where can I find one. If you received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you only need one shot. If you received Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, yes, you need to return for a second. It is usually easiest to get your second shot at the same location, and most people get their second shot scheduled with their first, or at their first appointment. They will schedule your second shot by the time you leave your first. However, if you've already had you first and had to cancel your second shot, reach out to the place you received your first. You are eligible to make a second appointment elsewhere if necessary (even if you aren't otherwise eligible, and got the first as an "extra"), just make sure you are allowing the proper amount of time between doses and requesting the same brand. Kaiser, Stanford, CVS, and Walgreens, Walmart, and Sam's Club will all schedule second doses. Check the appointment page for tips on finding appointments through these 3 providers. The Moderna shots should be at least 28 days apart (28 days is recommended, but up to 42 is fine), and the Pfizer at least 21 days apart (21 days is recommended, but up to 42 is fine), per CDC guidelines.
Where can I find Johnson & Johnson? The CDC took some time to review an extremely rare side effect that may be related to Johnson & Johnson, but it is available again now. CVS is a good place to check for it.
Do I have to get vaccinated within my county, or can I go to another county? It depends on the site. Most allow you to cross county lines (such as Sutter, Kaiser, Stanford, Oakland Coliseum, Moscone, Walgreens, CVS), but some do not (such as Safeway, Levi's, CCSF and some county sites that specify county requirements). However, if you qualify based on a county specific rule (like 16+ in Contra Costa county), you need to live or work there, and be vaccinated there as well. San Francisco seems to be an exception, and does allow you to use their expanded health eligibility guidelines when vaccinating within the city (at Moscone, pharmacies and other sites that don't require residency) even if you don't live or work there.
What if I have allergies? Can I still get a vaccine? Ask your doctor, but likely they will say yes, perhaps with some modifications to the plan. Some doctors will recommend a particular vaccine type (such as J&J), doing a supervised allergy challenge ahead of time, bringing a personal epipen, or having it done at a medical facility. Usually the site will also ask you to stay for an extended observation time if there is an allergy concern.
Should I use a community clinic? Community Clinics (generally those marked with the words "pop-up" "walk-in" "no appointment necessary") are meant for the community they are set up for. If you are privileged enough to have the means to make an appointment elsewhere, it generally better to do so, so that we can leave this resource for those who don't. However, if you have not been able to get an appointment yet, you should now feel comfortable visiting a community clinic, as there currently isn't the level of scarcity there was a few weeks ago.
What should I do if I can't find an appointment anywhere? If you or someone you know does not have the ability to make an appointment themselves, you can recruit a volunteer vaccine fairy (855-800-BOOK) to book an appointment for you.
How can I help others make an appointment? Visit our outreach page for information on how to help.