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SF’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout FAQ – When Can I Get It?

If you’re 65+ you can sign up now. Everyone else can get an alert when it’s your turn
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SF COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 1/15/21 – Please note information may change. See updates at sf.gov/information/about-covid-19-vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine is here

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

Two vaccines have been authorized in the US. Supplies are limited.

Sign Up for Alerts: Get Notified beginning January 19th

The vaccine is expected to be available to everyone by the end of 2021. You will get it at doctor’s and dental offices, clinics, and pharmacies.

When it’s your turn, step up for your health, the health of your loved ones, and of your community. The vaccine and other public health measures, like masks and physical distancing, will slow the spread of COVID-19.

Who is getting the vaccine now?

  • Due to limited supply, the state has created a prioritization plan for who gets the vaccine and when. It’s based on the risk of getting COVID-19.
  • First are frontline healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, service workers, as well as long-term care residents. People over the age of 65 can also get the vaccine.
  • If you are in these groups, you can get vaccinated. Call your healthcare provider

When can I get the vaccine?

  • The general public will likely not have access to the vaccine until later in 2021, when we have more vaccines from the state.
  • Most people will receive the vaccine from their healthcare provider. We are working with healthcare providers to set up high volume sites.
  • We are also bringing vaccination clinics to neighborhoods most impacted by the virus.
  • When it’s your turn, step up for your health, the health of your loved ones, and of your community.

Where can I get the vaccine?

The City is working with the providers to ensure these facilities have everything in place to activate and begin offering vaccinations as soon as they receive sufficient vaccine supply. The sites will open and scale based on the amount of vaccine doses health care providers receive.

  • SoMa: Moscone Center.
  • OMI/Sunnyside: City College of San Francisco (Main Campus).
  • Bayview: The SF Market (San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market).

In addition to the high-volume vaccination sites that will serve everyone, the City and health care providers will augment COVID-19 vaccination in high impacted communities with pop-up vaccine sites, DPH’s community clinics, and other safety-net clinics for the uninsured and underserved in neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Mission, Western Addition, and Bayview.

The City is also working with One Medical, Safeway, and Walgreens to deliver vaccines as doses become available. Additionally, the City has been working with partners to develop mobile vaccination teams to deploy to hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations. The City is working with community partners to best understand where and how to embed these teams within communities to reach the populations most at risk of disease.

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State Vaccine Rollout

While the vaccine supply is limited, the state has established a priority populations plan broken down into phases. More than 90,000 people in San Francisco are in Phase 1a. Phase 1a has 3 tiers. See CDPH Allocation Guidelines for Phase 1a.

UPDATE as of 1/13/21 – Individuals 65 and over are now able to get vaccinated, but they are officially a part of Phase 1b.

Phase 1a

Tier 1

    • Acute care, psychiatric, and correctional facility hospitals
    • Skilled nursing facilities
    • First responders (paramedics, EMTs)
    • Dialysis centers

Tier 2

    • Intermediate care facilities
    • Home health care and in-home supportive services
    • Community health workers
    • Public health field staff
    • Primary care clinics, including correctional facility clinics, and urgent care clinics

Tier 3

    • Specialty clinics
    • Laboratory workers
    • Dental and other oral health clinics
    • Pharmacy staff not working in settings at higher tiers

Phase 1b

Phase 1b has two proposed tiers. However, this may change when the state finalizes Phase 1b. You can find updates at the State’s vaccination page.

We expect that mostly primary healthcare providers will vaccinate people in Phase 1b.

Tier 1

    • Individuals 65 and over
    • Those at risk of exposure at work in the following sectors:
      • Education
      • Childcare
      • Emergency services
      • Food and agriculture

Tier 2

    • Those at risk of exposure at work in the following sectors:
      • Transportation and logistics
      • Industrial, commercial, residential, and sheltering facilities and services
      • Critical manufacturing
    • Congregate settings with outbreak risk:
      • Incarcerated
      • Homeless

Later Phases

The state is still defining who is in future phases. Phase 1c has been defined and we are waiting for Phase 2.

We expect that mostly primary healthcare providers will vaccinate people in Phase 1c.

Phase 1c

  • People 50 to 64 years of age
  • People 16 to 49 years of age, and have an underlying health condition or disability which increases their risk of severe COVID-19
  • Those at risk of exposure at work in the following sectors:
    • Water and wastewater
    • Defense
    • Energy
    • Chemical and hazardous materials
    • Communications and IT
    • Financial services
    • Government operations or community-based essential function


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