*** KIWI is not a designated vaccine site. Kiwi does not stock or administer COVID vaccines ***
COVID Vaccines are available!
To see when you or your family members are eligible and to SIGN UP for your turn in CA, go to:
To Find Vaccine Sites and appts near you throughout the US:
WHERE TO GET VACCINE FOR ADULTS:
Vaccines are distributed by the counties, large medical organizations and pharmacies.
Scroll down for more vaccine site links.
WHERE TO GET VACCINE FOR KIDS:
Currently Pfizer is approved for 16 years and over and Moderna for 18 years older. Pfizer and Moderna both have studies underway for 12 years old and up. Studies for younger children are just starting now.
Children 16 and over WITH certain health conditions will be eligible for the vaccine starting March 15, 2021. To find out if your child has a qualifying health condition go to covid19.ca.gov/vaccines
The currently available U.S. vaccines under EUA (emergency use authorization) are Moderna and Pfizer. There are two doses and you must get the same brand for both doses. They have been well studied and show 90-94% efficacy. The safety profile is also excellent and many, many people have safely received the vaccine, including almost everyone at Kiwi. We at Kiwi are all personally grateful to have to protection of these vaccines as essential health care personnel.
Update Approved on Feb 26, 2021: the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine has been approved.
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.
If you were treated for COVID with a monoclonal antibody 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 and is complete two weeks after your second dose.
Allergies and the vaccine: you probably have heard about allergic reactions and the vaccine. These reactions are to the Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) in the vaccine, so if you have this allergy, you should consult with your allergist first. Everyone else with known food or medication allergies can take these vaccines but you are also advised to consult with your doctor/allergist first. If you have allergies you will be advised to sit for 30 minutes after the vaccine, rather than 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 this vaccine 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)