Having a hard time finding available vaccine appointments?
Start on the appointment links page. Now that appointments are more available throughout California, you likely will not have a need for the tips on this page, but I'll leave them up in case you need them. If you have trouble accessing appointments, ask a vaccine fairy (855-800-BOOK) or contact us to book for you.
When there are spots, they may go quickly (not so much anymore!), so have your information ready to go. If someone lets you know there are availabilities, sign up as soon as you can (though never give out your credit card information or social security number, and only use trusted websites).
Try social media for real time notifications when spots open up:
Join a Facebook group like Bay Area Vaccine Hunters and San Francisco Covid 19 Vaccine Help. People post when there are openings in the area (so turn on notifications for new posts; check your feed and click "most recent"), answer each others questions about the process, and you can request and offer help in these friendly communities.
Download the Telegram Messenger app and then add Mukesh's channel BayAreaVaccineNotification or click on the link. Set notifications so it dings when a message posts with openings at various locations nearby. This can be very helpful, and worth downloading the app for. Full instructions to get these alerts set up here (now available in several languages).
Pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS seem to have the most spots in the mornings around midnight and 4-6 AM. Prepare by setting up a Walgreens account ahead of time. Preload all the sites to search on multiple tabs in a designated browser window, especially the CVS website (click through everything up to "schedule dose" page ahead of time, to avoid getting stuck in the queue when the site is busy). Find out ahead of time if you don't qualify for a particular pharmacy, such as Rite Aid.
You can put yourself on your county notification lists, but do NOT rely on them. MyTurn and others may tell you they'll let you know when you become eligible and when there are spots, but they usually do not. Don't wait, be active and make it happen for yourself and others in the community.
Learn how to reload/refresh each page efficiently. For example, if you hit the refresh button, you may have to reenter a lot of information. On MyTurn, hit "change" from the list of locations, or switch between months on the calendar to re-check for availability. Other sites may have their own built in "back" buttons so you don't have to start over if you want to check again.
If you are able to get to the myturn calendar, toggle between months. If there are still no spots, keep that page open on your computer and check back later by toggling between months again. Often you can see spots this way that you wouldn't be able to see otherwise.
Still stuck? Ask a vaccine fairy (855-800-BOOK) to book an appointment for you. These are real people, not bots, who will schedule an appointment for you. This is a free service, and probably should only be used by those who don't have the ability to do this themselves, so that the fairies can focus on those who really need help. We're also here and happy to offer up advice, just contact us.