** updated 1/17/22**
Kiwi is offering the Pfizer vaccine for kids (5 and up) and adults
ANNOUNCING: Saturday, 1/22/22, Vaccine Clinic for kids 12 and older, 9-12 noon. by appt
at our 1178 San Pablo Ave office
Call, Text or Email us to get your appointment for the Covid Vaccine
(510) 652-1720 text or call, choose option #4
COVID VACCINE APPROVED FOR CHILDREN 5 and older
Booster doses approved for children 12 and older
Kiwi has been giving the Pfizer vaccine to kids since 11/4/21. The vaccine is given in two doses, three weeks apart and the booster dose (for 12 and up) is 5 months after the 2nd dose. We have given over 1200 Pfizer Vaccine doses at Kiwi in 2021*
The children's dose is lower than the over 12 yr old dose: Above 12 yrs dose = 30mcg versus 5-11 yrs dose = 10 mcg.
*Kiwi Pediatrics firmly believes in the benefit and safety of the Covid Vaccine for children and adults. Please call to schedule your child's vaccine visit.
All Kiwi's are vaccinated !
OTHER PLACES TO GET THE VACCINE FOR 5-21 years old:
Kiwi Pediatrics is 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.
Myturn.ca.gov will find you an appointment in CA for everyone 12 years old and up
MyTurn also has a Vaccine Hotline at 1-833-422-4255 or 1-833-4CA-4ALL (M-F 8AM-8PM, Sa-Su 8AM-5PM).
Search sites throughout the country by zip code at VaccineFinder.org
OTHER PLACES 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.
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. Many people have safely received these vaccines. 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. Speak with your primary care provider if you are considering the J+J vaccine.
If you had COVID already, you can and should get the vaccine. It is believed that COVID infection can provide 3 months of immunity. You must wait the 5-10 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. Currently the wait time is 90 days.
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 although this might change to after three doses any day now. There are separate rules for the Fully Vaccinated. Read more here on the CDC website: Rules for the Fully Vaccinated
Allergies and the vaccine: The only allergic reactions connected to the vaccines are for those with allergy to Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) or Polysorbate in the vaccine. 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 had strong protection against the variants including the delta (Indian) , alpha (British), and other variants, based on data from Moderna, Pfizer and J+J vaccines. Now with Omicron, we are better protected with three doses of mRNA vaccine and not very well protected with only two doses.
If you are overdue for your third dose, be sure to get it right away.
How do variants arise? They emerge in immunocompromised patients who have a prolonged covid illness, typically in countries with poor access to vaccines. 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:
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)