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Updated June 22, 2022
 

Notice: U.S. health officials have approved COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6 months to 4 years. We are now scheduling this age group for vaccination appointments at the Oakland Outpatient Center, Laurel Heights and Mission Bay. To schedule an appointment, log in to MyChart or call us at (415) 476-3307.

     

  • Children ages 6 months and up should get the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Children ages 5 and up should get a booster shot five months after their second vaccine dose if their initial doses were Pfizer.
  • Children ages 12 and up who are immunocompromised should get a second booster shot four months after their first booster.

U.S. health officials recommend COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 6 months and older, and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals offer the vaccine to all patients in this age group. Full vaccination requires two or three doses administered at separate appointments, depending on your child's age and the vaccine you choose. (See below for more information.) When your child gets the first dose, we'll schedule the next appointment.

COVID-19 vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from the virus, slow transmission and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging.

COVID-19 vaccination locations

All children ages 6 months and older can receive a COVID-19 vaccine at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. Your child does not need to be an existing UCSF patient. 

Please keep these rules in mind:

  • Patients 6 months to 17 years old must be accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver.
  • Each patient and their parent or caregiver will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. If either of them has symptoms, the appointment must be rescheduled.

Oakland Outpatient Center (6 months+)
744 52nd St. (directly across from the hospital)
Oakland, CA 94609
Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
To schedule an appointment, log in to MyChart or call us at (415) 476-3307. No proof of eligibility is required. Please bring insurance card(s) to your appointment and any proof of COVID vaccinations outside our system. Walk-ins are available, but we encourage you to schedule an appointment for vaccines and booster shots. We also offer vaccines to family members and caregivers. Note that certain days and times are reserved for particular age groups and vaccine types:

  • Ages 6 months – 4 years (Pfizer): Monday and Wednesday mornings
  • Ages 6 months – 5 years (Moderna): Monday and Wednesday afternoons
  • Ages 5 – 11 years (Pfizer): Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Ages 12 years – adult (Pfizer): Thursdays

Oakland FQHC Primary Care
5220 Claremont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618
To schedule an appointment, log in to MyChart or call us at (415) 514-1196, Mondays through Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., or Sundays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. When you call, select your preferred language and then choose option 2. Stay on the line to speak with an operator, who will schedule your first shot. No proof of eligibility is required. Please bring insurance card(s) to your appointment. Certain days will be reserved only for children ages 5 to 11, and we will not be able to vaccinate older siblings or others outside the 5-11 age group on these days.

Laurel Heights campus (6 months+)
3333 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed noon - 1 p.m.)
We strongly recommend making an appointment. Schedule through MyChart or by calling us at (415) 476-3307. Due to high demand, we're not able to accept walk-ins. No proof of eligibility is required.

Mission Bay campus (6 months+)
601 16th St. (corner of 16th Street and Owens Street)
San Francisco, CA 94158
Hours: M-Th, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Fridays, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. (closed noon - 1 p.m. all days)
We strongly recommend making an appointment. Schedule through MyChart or by calling us at (415) 476-3307. No proof of eligibility is required.

UCSF Fresno Mobile HeaL COVID-19 Equity Project (6 months+)
550 E. Shaw Ave.
Fresno, CA 93710
No appointment is needed, but you can schedule one through My Turn. A parent or guardian must consent to the vaccination, and for teens ages 14 to 17, both parent and teen must consent. Proof of age is required: Bring any form of ID that shows the vaccine recipient's full name and date of birth or age. For more information, visit the Fresno COVID Equity Project, call or text (559) 349-8082, or email [email protected].

We encourage you to visit UCSF MyChart to create a patient portal account with UCSF (known as a MyChart account). This is the best way for us to communicate directly with you. If you have trouble signing up or using MyChart, call the MyChart help desk at (415) 514-6000.

COVID-19 vaccines are also available through primary care physicians and at many neighborhood pharmacies, including CVS, Walgreens and RiteAid. We encourage you to seek out a vaccine at a location that's most convenient for you.

Guidelines by age and vaccine

All children ages 6 months and older can get a COVID-19 vaccine. Children ages 6 months to 5 years can get either Moderna or Pfizer. Kids 6 and up receive Pfizer. The dosage timeline depends on your child's age and the vaccine you choose.

Moderna: Children ages 6 months to 5 years

Two doses given four to eight weeks apart.

Pfizer: Children ages 6 months to 4 years

Three doses: The first and second dose are given three to eight weeks apart. The third dose is given at least eight weeks after the second.

Pfizer: Children 5 years and older

Two doses given three to eight weeks apart.

Who's eligible for a booster shot

U.S. health officials have approved Pfizer booster shots for patients ages 5 and older whose initial doses were Pfizer. Patients should receive a booster five months after their second dose. 

Patients can schedule a booster shot at one of the vaccination clinics listed above.

Booster shots – which help to maximize and extend the protection that the COVID-19 vaccine provides – are different from an "additional dose" of the vaccine, which was approved for immunocompromised patients. See details in the next section.

Additional doses for immunocompromised patients

Moderately to severely immunocompromised kids who've gotten two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should get a third dose at least one month after their second dose. Kids 12 and up should receive a booster (fourth shot) at least three months after their third dose. They should receive another booster (fifth shot) at least four months after the first booster.

Visit the UCSF Health website for details about additional doses for immunocompromised patients, including who's eligible and what to know about getting a third shot.

Eligible kids can receive a third dose at the UCSF locations above. Community pharmacies are also offering third doses – find an appointment at www.vaccines.gov.