** updated 1/5/2023**
ARRIVED at Kiwi : The Moderna Bivalent for 6mos -
Coming Soon: Pfizer Bivalent for 6 months -
4 years *
*Note the Covid Vaccines for infants and young
children cannot be mixed and matched.
If you started with pfizer or moderna,
all three doses must be from the SAME manufacturer.
Bivalent doses available for 6 months old
Primary Series (the first two doses) available for 6mos old and up to adults
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California State Registry:
- Kiwi has
been giving the Pfizer vaccine for kids since
11/4/21. We gave over 1200
Pfizer Vaccine doses at Kiwi in
- Kiwi has
been giving the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine for children 6mos to 5
years since June 21,
*Kiwi Pediatrics firmly believes in the benefit and safety of the Covid Vaccine for children and adults.
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? VaccineFinder.org
OTHER PLACES TO GET THE VACCINE FOR 5-21 years
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
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).
The general information California COVID Vaccine site is: covid19.ca.gov/vaccines
Scroll down for more vaccine site links.
The currently available U.S.
vaccines are the FDA approved mRNA
vaccines Moderna (Spikevax) for 18 and up and
Pfizer (Comirnaty) approved for 12 and
Pfizer vaccine is EUA (emergency use
authorization) approved for children 5 years and
For the mRNA vaccines, you
should get the same brand for the first two doses. You
should get a third dose (booster) for significantly improved
protection either of the same vaccine or you can switch to the
other vaccine. A fourth dose (2nd booster) is approved for
people 50 years and above or those with immune compromised
The Johnson & Johnson
vaccine is no longer recommended except under specific
circumstances. Click here to read more on the CDC
If you had COVID already, you can and should
get the vaccine. It is believed that COVID infection can provide
1-3 months 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
If you were treated for
COVID with a monoclonal antibody or antibody cocktail
treatment, 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 should 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. There are separate rules for the Fully
Vaccinated. Read more here on the CDC website: Rules for the Fully
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?
The U.S vaccines had good
protections against the early variants (prior to Omicron)
including delta , alpha and others, based on data from
Moderna, Pfizer and J+J .
Now with Omicron, we are well protected from
severe dieasse with three doses of mRNA vaccine
and not very well protected with only two doses. Protection
means you will should not become sick enough to need
hospitalization but you can still come down with Covid infection
and you still spread Covid infection to
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
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
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)