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Tens of thousands of people have come to this guide to get information about when, where, and how to find and make an appointment to get vaccinated in Oakland and Alameda County. We’re glad you’re one of them.

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You’re currently eligible to get vaccinated in Alameda County if you’re in one or more of these groups:

  • Healthcare workers
  • People 65 years and older
  • People who work in long-term care facilities, childcare, education, emergency services, or food and agriculture, including grocery and restaurant employees

Starting March 15, people age 16 to 64 with some medical conditions—including cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and heart conditions—and people who are pregnant will also be eligible. Some people who live with developmental disabilities will also qualify, if they meet certain conditions. See the full list here.

Being eligible doesn’t mean it’s easy to find an appointment. Be prepared to call or register at several locations before you get an appointment. The state’s My Turn portal is a good place to turn to first. Also check out VaccinateCA, a volunteer effort to track open appointments across the state.

Read on for more information on finding and making appointments at those sites, or through your healthcare provider, at a public hospital, community health centers, and more locations. You can simply scroll, or click a question below to jump down to a specific answer.

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Who can currently get vaccinated? Who’s next?

Education and childcare workers include: 

  • All formal and informal childcare workers, including day care providers 
  • All staff in colleges, universities, junior colleges, community colleges, and other postsecondary education facilities 
  • All staff in educational support services and administration 
  • All staff in pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high schools 
  • All staff in technical and trade schools 
  • Any other workers involved in child and/or student care, including school bus drivers and monitors, and crosswalk guards

Overall, this phase is estimated to include around 325,000 to 400,000 Alameda County residents. The county anticipates that it could take several months to get through this phase.

Starting on March 15, the county will also prioritize vaccinating people age 16 to 64 with the following medical conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Kidney disease (stage 4 and above)
  • Chronic pulmonary disease (oxygen dependent)
  • Down syndrome
  • Immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Heart conditions
  • Severe obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes

People who have developmental disabilities or other severe high-risk disabilities will also eligible starting March 15 if one of the following applies:

  • Individuals who are likely to develop a life threatening illness or death from COVID-19
  • Acquiring COVID-19 will limit a person’s ability to receive ongoing care or services vital to their wellbeing and survival
  • Providing adequate and timely COVID care will be particularly challenging because of a person’s disability

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “state officials are still determining what kind of verification people will have to show to vaccinators as proof of their condition.”

Overall, the county aims to vaccinate neighborhoods that have been disproportionately impacted by the virus: 

  • 94601 and 94606 (San Antonio/Fruitvale)
  • 94603 and 94621 (East Oakland)
  • 94607 (West Oakland)
  • 94578, 94541, and 94580 (unincorporated Ashland/Cherryland)
  • 94544 (South Hayward)

Where can I make an appointment?

We recommend keeping an eye on VaccinateCA, a vaccine locator dashboard run by volunteers who “call medical professionals at hundreds of potential vaccination sites daily, asking them if they have the vaccine and if so to whom they will administer it to and how to get an appointment,” according to its organizers. “We write down what they tell us, and publish it to this site.”

While we can’t guarantee that information at VaccinateCA is accurate—and they can’t either—we have seen residents post positively about their success finding appointments they learned about through this site. 

Call 211, the county’s information resources hotline, to speak to an operator if you need assistance navigating the county’s vaccine resources and notification system. 211 is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Mass vaccination sites

The Oakland Coliseum’s parking lot is now hosting a mass vaccination site (for people aged 65 and older and essential workers listed at the top of this page) from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m, seven days a week. You can make an appointment through the state’s My Turn appointment system. You can also call the statewide call center for appointment assistance at 833-422-4255.

The Alameda County Fairgrounds is now open as a mass vaccination site, in partnership with Stanford Health Care and Sutter. People who are currently eligible—65+ and some essential workers—can make an appointment through the county’s notification system. Appointments are required for this site. For more information, visit the Fairground’s vaccination webpage

The Moscone Center in San Francisco has opened a mass vaccination site for all Bay Area residents, age 65 and older. They can be made using the state’s My Turn system. You can also call the statewide call center for appointment assistance at 833-422-4255.

Community Health Centers and county-run centers

Fremont High School is open Thursday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fremont High School is located at 4610 Foothill Boulevard in East Oakland. 

This site is offering vaccines to residents aged 65+ and currently eligible essential workers. This site is allotted 640 doses per day. 

Appointments and same-day sign-ups are being prioritized for residents 65 years and older and some workers (food, childcare, emergency services) in these zip codes: 

  • 94601 and 94606 (San Antonio/Fruitvale)
  • 94603 and 94621 (East Oakland)
  • 94607 (West Oakland)

Community health centers within the Alameda Health Consortium are now vaccinating patients who are 65 years and older. If you’re currently a patient of one of these clinics who is 65 years and older, and haven’t received a text message from your healthcare provider, call using the numbers below:

  • Asian Health Services: 510-735-3100
  • Axis Community Health: 925-462-1755
  • Bay Area Community Health: 510-770-8040
  • La Clínica: 510-535-4000
  • LifeLong Medical Care: 510-704-6010
  • Native American Health Center: 510-535-4400
  • West Oakland Health Center: 510-835-9610

Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center in Hayward is currently vaccinating Alameda County residents and patients who are 65 years and older. If you are not a patient, text 510-800-7198 and TVHC will send you a link to their waitlist for a vaccine appointment. If you are a patient, text 510-471-5880 to schedule your vaccine appointment.

Hospitals

John Muir Health in Walnut Creek and Contra Costa County is currently vaccinating John Muir Health patients who are 65+. The HMO says it will reach out to eligible patients on their MyChart account. More info here.

Sutter Health is currently vaccinating:

  • Sutter patients age 65 and older.
  • Healthcare workers (verification required). If you’re a healthcare worker age 16 to 17, you can receive the Pfizer vaccine with consent from your legal guardian. Call (844) 987-6115.

Due to limited vaccine supply, Sutter asks that patients do not contact their provider’s office.

Patients can instead book appointments through My Health Online or by calling 844-987-6115, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you do call, be prepared for long wait times due to high demand. You can also watch this Sutter Health video explaining how to make your vaccine appointment.

Kaiser Permanente is currently vaccinating everyone in Phase 1A and are prioritizing some groups in Phase 1B:

  • Health care workers
  • Long-term care patients and staff
  • People 75 and older

If you are eligible for a vaccination but not a member, you will need to obtain an appointment, if available, and a medical record number by calling Kaiser at 866-454-8855. Kaiser recommends checking back on its website for updates.

Stanford Health Care is currently scheduling appointments for health care workers and those 65+, according to its website

You can schedule an appointment to get vaccinated at Stanford Health Care locations in Emeryville or Pleasanton by creating an account through Stanford Health Care’s MyHealth system, or by calling 650-498-9000, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Alameda Health System

Alameda Health System is offering vaccines to AHS patients who are 65+. The vaccine are being offered at all four AHS Wellness Centers:

· Highland Campus: 1411 E 31st St., Highland Care Pavilion, 3rd floor

· Eastmont Wellness: 6955 Foothill Blvd #200

· Hayward Wellness: 664 Southland Mall, Hayward

· Newark Wellness: 6066 Civic Terrace Ave, Newark 

Make an appointment by calling 510-437-8500.

Retail pharmacies

Rite Aid is offering vaccinations in Alameda County to those who are currently eligible—visit Rite Aid’s Vaccine Scheduler to see if you qualify. More info here.

Safeway is offering vaccines in Alameda County to those who are currently eligible. More info here.

CVS pharmacies: CVS is offering vaccines to currently eligible residents at Oakland locations. More information here.

Walgreens is offering limited appointments to people who are currently eligible in California. More info here

University of California, Berkeley 

The university is offering vaccinations to employees age 65+ currently working on campus as well as all U.C.B. employees age 75 years and older. More information here.

Is it free to get vaccinated?

Vaccinations are free for all, including people who do not have medical insurance. Vaccine providers can recoup fees from private and public insurance companies, and from a government fund for people without insurance, according to the CDC.

How do I prove I’m eligible?

According to county spokesperson Neetu Balram, essential workers getting vaccinated at a county-run POD will need to provide photo identification. Photo ID does not have to be government issued. Proof of age is also required for people age 65 and up, but this proof also doesn’t have to be government issued. Proof of home or work address is also required. For essential workers some type of employment verification, like a pay stub, work badge, employer list, or letter confirming your role at your place of employment, will be required at vaccination appointments.

“We recognize ID could be a barrier to getting vaccinated as we move along in the phases, so we are reviewing how else we can ask individuals to attest that they are in the phase that is being vaccinated and not jumping the line,” said Balram.

People aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions should have access to their medical records and should bring copies to their vaccine appointments. 

I need help getting to my appointment.

Free AC Transit bus rides: If you need a ride to the Coliseum vaccination site, AC Transit is offering free shuttles seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m, every 15 minutes. You will need to present your appointment verification to board the bus for free, and only 10 riders are allowed at the same time. Lines 45, 46L, 73, 90, and 98 connect to the Coliseum BART shuttle. 

Free BART rides: If you need a ride back home from the Coliseum on your appointment day, BART is offering free $7 rides for anyone who got vaccinated at the Coliseum. You will need to present your vaccination card showing the date you got vaccinated. According to BART, there will be wheelchair accessible carts making loops between the pedestrian bridge/BART elevator and the Coliseum. The carts can be used by anyone who needs assistance. 

Lyft rides: To help loved ones get to vaccine appointments, rideshare app Lyft launched “Rides for Others,” which is now available nationwide. Here’s how to send a ride to someone else using “Rides for Others”:

  • Tap the search bar on the home screen of your Lyft app
  • Tap the ‘Me’ button at the top of the next screen, then tap ‘Add rider’ and follow the prompts 
  • Enter the pickup location and destination, and send them on their way. (You can track their ride from your app.) 
  • The ride recipient must have their own Lyft account and will see ride details in their Lyft app

Lyft will be announcing plans to provide free and discounted rides to uninsured individuals. Read Lyft’s Health and Safety policies to learn how Lyft says it keeps its drivers and riders safe during rides.

When will teachers be vaccinated?

Governor Newsom announced last week that California will be setting aside 75,000 vaccine doses, or about 10% of the state’s total weekly allotment, specifically for educators, starting March 1.

Locally there will be days when the Oakland Coliseum is entirely used to vaccinate educators. There will also be mobile sites that are only for educators. Alameda County is currently working with the state to set up dates and times for educator-specific vaccine drives.

Educators and other school staff are divided into priority groups for vaccination, according to the county’s office of education. Right now, most of group 1A has received the vaccine, with educators in 1B becoming eligible soon, and groups 2 through 4 following.

  • 1A: Staff currently working with students in person at schools in the hardest-hit zip codes, including East Oakland (94621, 94603), West Oakland (94606, 94601), and Fruitvale (94607)
  • 1B: Staff currently working with students in person at schools in other zip codes
  • 2: Other school staff and those who are scheduled to return for in-person learning in the next few weeks
  • 3: Educators who are working remotely
  • 4: All other school staff, including school board members

I have disabilities. What resources are available for me?

Senior and Disability Action, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, held a vaccine town hall for Alameda County seniors and residents with disabilities. Watch the recorded town hall, with captions here

At Alameda County’s county-run vaccination centers, and mass vaccination sites like the Oakland Coliseum and the Alameda County Fairgrounds, accommodations will be made for people who use wheelchairs, and for people who are not able to leave their car. 

“We will have onsite staff to help with distancing and navigation of sites for those who have visual impairments,” said county spokesperson Neetu Balram. “Staff are also available onsite to support language and technology accessibility.”

The county is also reviewing its vaccination page to improve access for people with vision challenges.

I’m undocumented. Will I be able to get vaccinated?

You won’t need to be a U.S. citizen to receive the vaccine, per the county’s FAQ page.

How will unhoused people get vaccinated?

The county will lean on its street medicine program to vaccinate unsheltered and unhoused people where they are located. “The tough part is folks not living in a large encampment, but tucked away in one or two tents,” said Dr. Kathleen Clanon. 

The county will also provide vaccine doses to community health centers who serve patients experiencing homelessness.

I’m not eligible right now. How can I find out when it’s my turn?

The statewide sign-up form is called My Turn. It asks for information like the county you reside in, your job sector, age, and underlying health conditions. My Turn is being used to help counties and cities schedule vaccine appointments. 

Alameda County also has three sign-up forms for residents, employers, and healthcare providers to get notified when they’re eligible for the vaccine. 

The form asks for basic information, like your name, age, zip code, insurance provider, and contact information. The Alameda County Public Health Department will reach out to you when it’s your turn to get vaccinated.

Form for residents 

Spanish speakers: form for residents 

Chinese speakers: form for residents

Form for employers

Form for healthcare providers

The forms are not currently available in formats for people with hearing and visibility challenges. 

I’ve gotten my first dose. Now what?

According to Dr. Tri Do, Alameda County’s community health clinic coordinator, if you received your first dose of the vaccine before Monday, January 11, you do not need to make an appointment to receive your second dose. Simply return to the location where you received your first dose on the date listed on your vaccination card.

You should generally aim to receive your second dose within a few days of the due date on your vaccination card. But according to the CDC, if you encounter extreme circumstances that prevent you from getting your second dose on or within a few days of this date, you should still get your second dose, which will work if administered up to 6 weeks after the first dose. 

How is the county tracking vaccinations?

The county has a vaccine dashboard, breaking down distribution by dose, city, age, race and ethnicity, and gender. The page will be updated weekly. 

How can I volunteer with the vaccine effort?

The county is seeking volunteers with or without medical training to assist with vaccine distribution. Non-medically trained volunteers can volunteer only through the county. Medically trained volunteers can either sign up with the state’s California Health Corps or the county. Please note that criminal background checks will be performed on all volunteers who sign up with the county. 

The county is looking for: doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, EMTs, paramedics, medical assistants, phlebotomists, respiratory techs, ER techs, X-ray techs, pharmacists, pharmacy techs, social workers, registration clerks, nutrition staff, housekeeping, IT, security, maintenance, etc. There may also be a need for translation services.

County form for both non-medically and medically trained volunteers

California Health Corps volunteer form (medically trained only)

You can also learn more about volunteering with VaccinateCA, a volunteer-run effort to help people find open vaccination appointments, here.

VaccinateCA Dashboard: a resource created by volunteers to track vaccine availability across the state. The dashboard is organized by region, including the Bay Area, and updated every day.

FAQs page on Alameda County’s Department of Public Health website: answers questions from the community including: What do the vaccine phases mean for me? What should I do while I wait to be vaccinated? Should I get the vaccine if I have an allergic reaction to another vaccine?

Community Advisory Vaccine Group: an ad-hoc countywide group of doctors, nurses, childcare providers, disability advocates, public health officials, teachers, and church and community leaders. The group was created to share information about the COVID-19 vaccines, build trust with communities, and coordinate messaging about the vaccines. The group plans to meet bi-weekly through spring 2021. The next meeting is planned for Tuesday, Feb. 23  from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. All meetings are open to the public.

CDPH Vaccine Allocation Guideline: the county is following the state’s department of public health recommendations for vaccine allocation.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guideline: “When Vaccine is Limited, Who Should Get Vaccinated First?” is the CDC’s page for vaccination prioritization. There’s an option to sign for email updates.

This guide was originally published on Jan. 15, 2021. The Oaklandside’s reporting team will be continuing to update this post once a week or more. Freelance contributor Sarah Belle Lin contributed to this guide through Feb. 17.

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Sarah Belle Lin

Sarah Belle Lin is an independent journalist and photographer based in the East Bay.