Last reviewed 1/19/2022
 

Notice: Children ages 5 and older can receive a COVID-19 vaccine at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. Patients ages 12 to 17 are eligible for a booster shot. (See below for information about locations and how to make an appointment.)

 

Children age 5 and up can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

U.S. health officials have approved giving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to kids ages 5 and older, and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals offer the vaccine to all patients in this age group. Full vaccination requires two doses and two appointments. When your child gets the first dose, we'll schedule the second appointment.

Trials are ongoing to evaluate the Pfizer vaccine in children under 5, as well as Moderna trials for kids ages 5 and older. We're following the news closely and will let you know when we learn more.

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 5 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 the following rules in mind:

  • Patients 5 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 individual has symptoms, the appointment must be rescheduled.

Oakland Outpatient Center (ages 5+) 
744 52nd St. (directly across from the hospital)
Oakland, CA 94609
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.

Oakland FQHC Primary Care (ages 5+)
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 (ages 5+)
3333 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
We strongly recommend making an appointment. Schedule through MyChart or by calling us at (415) 476-3307. (If you get a busy signal or can't connect, call (866) 580-2664.) Due to high demand, we're not able to accept walk-ins. No proof of eligibility is required.

Mission Bay campus (ages 5+)
601 16th St. (corner of 16th Street and Owens Street)
San Francisco, CA 94158
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
We strongly recommend making an appointment. Schedule through MyChart or by calling us at (415) 476-3307. (If you get a busy signal or can't connect, call (866) 580-2664.) No proof of eligibility is required.

Parnassus campus (ages 16+; UCSF patients, staff and learners only)
500 Parnassus Ave.
Millberry Union
San Francisco, CA 94122
Hours: M-F, 6:10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
We strongly recommend making an appointment. Schedule through MyChart or by calling us at (415) 476-3307. (If you get a busy signal or can't connect, call (866) 580-2664.) No proof of eligibility is required.

UCSF Fresno Mobile HeaL COVID-19 Equity Project (ages 5+)
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.

Who's eligible for a booster shot

U.S. health officials have approved Pfizer booster shots for patients ages 12 to 17. Patients are eligible for the 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, which can provide additional protection against the virus. 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.