Update: now vaccinating 16-21 year olds
*** KIWI is not a designated vaccine site. Kiwi does not stock or administer COVID vaccines ***
Almost all Kiwi's are vaccinated and grateful!
WHERE TO GET VACCINE FOR ADULTS:
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).
Scroll down for more vaccine site links.
WHERE TO GET VACCINE FOR KIDS/now vaccinating 16-21 years old:
California is vaccinating children ages 16 and over and many counties have started offering the vaccine. You can search sites by zip code at VaccineFinder.org and sign up for Ca Sites at MyTurn.Ca.gov
UCSF Benioff Childrens Hospital starts vaccinating ages 16-21 years on April 15th and is making appointments for Oakland and SF Sites by phone call only (they are currently NOT using myturn):
For either location, 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.
Pfizer is approved for 16 years and over. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are approved for 18 years older. Pfizer has presented their study results for ages 12-15 years old and the FDA will be reviewing the data. Some experts believe the vaccine may be approved by mid May, 2021 Studies for children 6 months old and up are underway and the vaccines may be available as early as fall 2021.
You can also call the MyTurn Vaccine Hotline at 1-833-422-4255 or 1-833-4CA-4ALL (M-F 8AM-8PM, Sa-Su 8AM-5PM).
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. 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.
Update: the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is currently on hold while medical investigators evaluate a rare possible reaction (1 in a million) of blood clotting.
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, 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?
Yes for some strains, and less for others. We don’t know enough about this yet. So until we know more, rolling out these vaccines quickly is our best protection. Currently Moderna and Pfizer are working on booster vaccines to protect us from the variants and may be available by Fall, 2021.
Information about emerging variants is available here:
CALIFORNIA VACCINE WEBSITES BY STATE AND BY COUNTRY
- City of Berkeley COVID-19 vaccine interest list
- Vaccines (covid19.ca.gov)
- COVID-19 Vaccines (California Department of Public Health)
- COVID-19 Vaccine fact sheet (California Department of Public Health)
- About the COVID-19 Vaccine (CDC)
- COVID-19 Vaccine doses shipped (California Department of Public Health)