COVID Vaccines

updated 6/17/21

Pfizer vaccine available at Kiwi for 12 years old and up

*** Covid Vaccine at Kiwi in June, call us now to schedule the vaccine for your child (12 and up) and your family  ***

 All Kiwi's are vaccinated and grateful!

How do I sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccine in California using MyTurn?

How do I find the COVID-19 Vaccine anywhere in the US?


Vaccines are distributed by the counties, large medical organizations and pharmacies. Sign up at CA Myturn or

call the MyTurn Vaccine Hotline at 1-833-422-4255 or 1-833-4CA-4ALL (M-F 8AM-8PM, Sa-Su 8AM-5PM).

The general information California COVID Vaccine site is:

Scroll down for more vaccine site links.


Kiwi Pediatrics is now giving the Pfizer vaccine to children 12 and older and their families.  Please call us for an appointment  510-652-1720

The Pfizer vaccine was approved by the CDC for children 12 years old and up on 5/12/21.  Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are approved for 18 years and older, but are also running studies for the 12-15 year age group.   Studies for children 6 months old and up have been underway and the vaccines may be available by the fall, 2021.  will find you an appointment in CA for everyone 12 years old and up.

UCSF Benioff Childrens Hospital  is now  scheduling for 12 - 21 years old.  (They have been vaccinating ages 16-21 years since April 15th)

Please call to make your appointment for either Oakland or SF Sites (they are currently NOT using myturn):  

For both UCSF Benioff children's hospital locations, please call (415) 514-1196, Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Choose option 2, and stay on the line to speak with an operator, who will schedule an appointment. Be sure to identify which location you want, Oakland or San Francisco.

Other Options:
 MyTurn  has a Vaccine Hotline at 1-833-422-4255 or 1-833-4CA-4ALL (M-F 8AM-8PM, Sa-Su 8AM-5PM).  
Search sites throughtout the country by zip code at
Sign up for Ca Sites at  (does not include UCSF Children's Hospitals)

Vaccine Information

The currently available U.S. vaccines under EUA (emergency use authorization) are Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. For the two dose vaccines, you must get the same brand for both doses. You should not get any other vaccines within two weeks before or after getting the Covid vaccine.  The safety profile for all the vaccines are excellent and many, many people have safely received these vaccines, including almost everyone at Kiwi. We at Kiwi are all personally grateful to have to received our vaccines early on as essential health care personnel. 

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been carefully evaluated by the FDA is now approved for use again.  There is a rare clotting disorder associated with low platelet counts (cells in the bloodstream) that occurs approximately 2-13 in a million.  This risk is lower than the risk of getting into your car, just to keep things in perspective.

If you had COVID already, you can and should get the vaccine. It is believed that COVID infection can provide 6 months of immunity, but the vaccine is expected to provide 1-2 years of immunity.  You must wait the 10 days of Isolation after your Covid infection began before going to a vaccination site, to prevent the spread of Covid.

If you were treated for COVID with a monoclonal antibody or antibody cocktail treatment, then you should check with your doctor first regarding when to get the vaccine.

After you receive the vaccine, when in public crowds or with non-vaccinated people, you must continue to wear masks, social distance and follow the local guidelines. Vaccine immunity builds over time. Your immunity begins around two weeks after your first dose. You are considered "FULLY VACCINATED"  two weeks after your final dose.  There are new rules for the Fully Vaccinated. Read more here on the CDC website: Rules for the Fully Vaccinated

Allergies and the vaccine: you probably have heard about allergic reactions and the vaccine. These reactions are to the Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) or Polysorbate in the vaccine, so if you have either of these allergies, you should consult with your doctor first. Everyone else with known food or medication allergies can take these vaccines but you may want to consult with your doctor/allergist. If you have allergies, you will be advised to sit for 30 minutes after the vaccine, rather than the usual 15 minutes.

How does the vaccine work? Watch this brilliant and fun video explanation by Dr. Kimberly Manning (@gradydoctor) from Grady Memorial Hospital


Will the vaccines protect us from the COVID Variants?

So far,  it appears we in the US have strong protection against the variants including the delta (Indian) , alpha (British), and other variants. This is based on data from Moderna, Pfizer and J+J vaccines.  There is much more protection with two doses than one so if you are overdue for your second dose, be sure to get it right away.   Boosters?  The vaccine manufacturers are working on booster vaccines and we might need annual boosters like the flu vaccine but we still don't know enough about this yet.

How do variants arise?  They emerge in covid sick patients and then spread to others.  So prevention of new variants by vaccination across the globe is essential to ending this pandemic.

Information about emerging variants is available here:

Myocarditis and COVID Vaccine

Myocarditis has occurred in youth, mostly males over 16 years old, mostly after the second dose of mRNA Covid vaccine, but some after the first dose. It has occurred in small numbers, but more than would be expected in the general population. Hence it is believed to be due to the mRNA vaccination.  The cases have been mostly mild and/or treatable.   The CDC has continued to recommend the vaccines because the risks of a Covid infection itself and the potential for related complications are much greater. 

KNOW the symptoms of Myocarditis and call your doctor if they occur.  The most common symptoms are: Chest Pain, Rapid Heart Rate, and /or Shortness of Breath.  The onset is typically within several days after the vaccine.

Read more here:

CDC vaccines and myocarditis


California State Vaccine guidelines may be found here:
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