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Updated Oct. 19, 2022
 

Notice: U.S. health officials have approved COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6 months to 4 years. To schedule an appointment, log in to MyChart or call us at (415) 476-3307.

In addition, we are now offering updated COVID-19 boosters that better target the dominant Omicron subvariants. Patients ages 5 and up should get an updated booster at least two months after their most recent shot, whether that was the second dose of a primary vaccine series or an original booster. Schedule now through MyChart or by calling (415) 476-3307.

     

  • Children ages 6 months and up should get the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Children ages 5 and up should get an updated (bivalent) booster at least two months after their most recent shot, whether that was the second dose of a primary series or a monovalent booster.
  • Children who are immunocompromised should follow the guidelines recommended for them. (See below.)

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. 

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. Note that certain days may be reserved only for particular age groups.

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: Mondays and Fridays, 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. | Wednesdays, 8 a.m. - 4 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.

Vaccine and booster guidelines 

All children ages 6 months and older should get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Federal health officials also recommend booster shots for eligible patients. 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.)

Kids ages 5 and older get an updated (bivalent) booster, which targets COVID-19's Omicron subvariants better than the original booster formula.

The dosage timeline depends on your child's age and the vaccine you choose. See the following guidelines:

Moderna: ages 6 months to 4 years

  • Two doses given four to eight weeks apart.
  • No booster approved.

Moderna: ages 5 to 17 years

  • Two doses given four to eight weeks apart.
  • Updated booster given at least two months after the second dose or most recent booster.

Pfizer: 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.
  • No booster approved.

Pfizer: ages 5 to 17 years

  • Two doses given three to eight weeks apart.
  • Updated booster given at least two months after the second dose or most recent booster.

Guidelines for immunocompromised patients

Kids who are moderately to severely immunocompromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters. 

Visit the UCSF Health website for details about additional doses and boosters for immunocompromised patients, including who's eligible. Eligible kids can receive these shots at the UCSF locations above. Community pharmacies also offer these doses; make an appointment at www.vaccines.gov.

The dosage timeline depends on your child's age and the vaccine you choose. See the following guidelines for immunocompromised children:

Moderna: immunocompromised children ages 6 months to 4 years

  • Three doses given at least four weeks apart.
  • No booster approved.

Moderna: immunocompromised children ages 5 to 17 years

  • Three doses given at least four weeks apart.
  • Updated booster (fourth shot) given at least two months after the second dose or most recent booster.

Pfizer: immunocompromised children ages 6 months to 4 years

  • Three doses: The first and second dose are given three weeks apart. The third dose is given at least eight weeks after the second.
  • No booster approved.

Pfizer: immunocompromised children ages 5 to 11 years

  • Three doses: The first and second dose are given three weeks apart. The third dose is given at least eight weeks after the second.
  • Updated booster (fourth shot) given at least two months after the second dose.

Pfizer: immunocompromised children ages 12 to 17 years

  • Three doses: The first and second dose are given three weeks apart. The third dose is given at least four weeks after the second.
  • Updated booster (fourth shot) given at least two months after the third dose or most recent booster.