Getting Vaccinated

We understand how stressful it can be as you wait for a vaccine for yourself or your loved ones. You've likely learned that Brown & Toland providers do not have vaccine supplies and therefore are not yet administering COVID-19 vaccines to patients. COVID-19 vaccines are in extremely short supply and until your PCP can administer the vaccine, we are providing you with resources about your eligibility and how you can get vaccinated. This information will be frequently updated as details continue to evolve.

Know when it's your turn: To find out if you are eligible to get vaccinated, to schedule an appointment or register to be notified when you become eligible, visit the California Department of Public Health site, MyTurn.

California to Expand Vaccine Pool to People with High Medical Risk, Disability

Starting March 15, two groups of younger, high-risk Californians — people with disabilities and people with severe underlying conditions — will be able to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. These groups include 4 million to 6 million people between the ages of 16 and 64, said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. That is expected to bring the number of Californians eligible for vaccines to 17 million to 19 million by around March 15.

Mass Vaccination Sites Open in Alameda County

Oakland
A mass vaccination site is now open at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Vaccine doses are being sent directly from the federal government, so this site will likely not experience the same shortages others have.

You do not have to be an Alameda County resident to get vaccinated at the Coliseum site. However, appointments are now limited to people who are 65 and older, as well as eligible essential workers in education and childcare, emergency services, and agriculture and food industries, along with health care workers who have not yet been vaccinated.

To make an appointment for the Coliseum site, go to California's vaccine appointment website: MyTurn.ca.gov, or call 833.422.4255. The Coliseum site will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will operate for at least eight weeks, vaccinating up to 6,000 people a day.

Berkeley
City of Berkeley's Health Department is operating a mass vaccination site at the foot of Buchanan Street in Albany near Golden Gate Fields. Appointments are for people 65 and older and those who live or work in Berkeley who are currently employed in grocery stores, convenience stores, or in-person education and childcare settings. Click here for updates on how to make an appointment.

Costco Offering Vaccinations at Novato, More Locations to Come

Costco announced it is rolling out coronavirus vaccines, primarily Moderna, to locations around California. Appointments must be made online. Costco asks that people do not call their pharmacies, as all scheduling is being done through the online portal. You do not have to be a Costco member to use its pharmacies.

Rite Aid Offering COVID-19 Vaccine in Select Stores

Select Rite Aid pharmacy locations are now accepting appointments for vaccines. Click here for more information.

New Drop-In Vaccination Sites Now Open In San Francisco

There are two new drop-in vaccine sites where you can get vaccinated If you are 65 and older and live in one of these ZIP codes: 94110, 94112, 94107, 94124 and 94134. Both are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For these sites, please bring proof of age and address, such as a utility bill or driver's license. Vaccine supply remains low. You may be asked to return the following day if the site reaches capacity.

More information, and for a list of appointment-only and drop-in vaccination sites in San Francisco, can be found at the City's COVID-19 site.

CVS Offering COVID-19 Vaccine in Select Bay Area Stores

The pharmacy chain CVS has begun offering appointments for COVID-19 shots at select stores in the Bay Area.

If you are eligible— over age 65 or a health care worker — you can book an appointment at CVS.com, by calling 800-746-7287 or through the CVS Pharmacy app. You can book an appointment for your second dose at the same time you book your first shot.

Patient portals: Are you registered?

Major health systems and hospital networks in the Bay Area are currently administering COVID-19 vaccines. If you have had special tests, lab work or other services done in the past and you signed up with a health system's patient portal (such as MyChart), then you are most likely already registered in their system or can register now to receive vaccine updates.

Each county's health department handles vaccine allocation and distribution. Please click the links below for your county's most up-to-date vaccination guidelines and information.

County-by-county details

Each county's health department handles vaccine allocation and distribution. Please click the links below for your county's most up-to-date vaccination guidelines and information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the current vaccines?

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Both vaccines are administered as two doses given 3-4 weeks apart. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is approved for people ages 18 and over and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is approved for people ages 16 and over. More vaccines are in development.

Are the vaccines safe?

Both vaccines were found to be safe and effective in tens of thousands of adults who participated in clinical trials. Plus, before any vaccine can be administered in California, it must receive authorization from multiple levels of government, including the FDA and the California Department of Public Health.

Are there side-effects?

Most who receive the vaccine do not experience side effects, though a small fraction reported mild to severe side effects that can include aches and flu-like symptoms that typically last a day. These experiences are the result of your own immune system encountering the vaccine and mounting a potent response that will provide long-lasting immunity.

Am I protected as soon as I receive the vaccine?  Can I stop wearing a mask and physically distancing?

No. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will not provide their maximum protection against COVID-19 until at least a week after the second dose. However, because the coronavirus will remain a threat to public health for many months, and because no vaccine is 100 percent effective, you should continue to follow all public health guidance related to COVID-19, including wearing a mask, physically distancing, frequent hand washing, and avoiding all non-essential travel and gatherings.

Should people who have already had COVID-19 get the vaccine?

Yes, but you should wait until after you've fully recovered and should not receive the vaccine while you are actively infected. People who have had COVID-19 may develop some immunity against the coronavirus, but this immunity is highly variable and may not last long. The vaccine can help protect against COVID-19 re-infection.

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