Last reviewed 9/23/2021

Notice: As of Monday, Aug. 23, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals is providing an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose to our patients with impaired immune systems. Learn more.


Children ages 12 and up can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved using the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in kids ages 12 and older, and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals offer the vaccine to all our 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.

Children ages 5 to 11 will likely become eligible for the vaccine in fall 2021 and younger children in a later phase.

COVID-19 vaccines continue to be remarkably effective in reducing the risk of severe disease and hospitalization, even against the widely circulating Delta variant.

Who's eligible for a booster shot

Booster shots have not yet been approved for kids with healthy immune systems. (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 recently approved for immunocompromised patients. See details in the next section.)

As the federal government considers whether to authorize booster shots for certain groups, we’re following developments and will keep our patients and their families informed about eligibility.

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.

Vaccination locations are listed below. UCSF Benioff Oakland will offer third doses in the near future; all other locations are offering third doses as of Monday, Aug. 23. Community pharmacies are also offering third doses – find an appointment at

COVID-19 vaccination locations

All patients of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals who are at least 12 years old (including clients of county regional centers and California Children's Services) can get vaccinated at any of the locations listed below. Please keep the following rules in mind:

  • Patients 12 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 (directly across from the hospital)
744 52nd St.
Oakland, CA 94609
To make an appointment, 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. Choose option 2, and stay on the line to speak with an operator, who will schedule your first shot. No proof of eligibility is required.

Mount Zion campus
Ida Friend's Cafe
2356 Sutter St., First Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
No appointment is needed, but you can schedule one by calling (415) 476-3307. Vaccines are offered on Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to noon. No proof of eligibility is required.

Mission Bay campus
Gateway Building
1825 Fourth St. Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
No appointment is needed, but you can schedule one by calling (415) 476-3307. Vaccines are offered on Mondays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to noon. No proof of eligibility is required.

Fresno City College
1101 E. University Ave.
Fresno, CA 93741
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.