Vaccinations against the coronavirus are accelerating in California.

California is behind on immunization. The largest state in the country is in the bottom 10 in percentage of doses inoculated. Challenged by the federal administration, the Golden state expanded the opportunity to be vaccinated for all people aged 65 and over. Which adds 4.25 million Californians to the list of 2.4 million nursing staff and residents of retirement homes whose vaccination is in progress.

With this in mind, three mass vaccination centers are to open in San Francisco. The main campus of the City College of SF, the Moscone Center in SoMa, and the SF Market (Bayview). The first just opened its doors a few hours ago.

What if we are concerned?

Health workers and other priority people are contacted directly, either via the medical platform (such as MyChart or MyHealthOnline) or directly by your employer who will organize the appointment. For the others (and in particular those over 65), several counties have set up a system which allows everyone to receive a notification by email or text message as soon as they are eligible to receive the vaccine. You just have to click once the message has been received to make an appointment. Below are the links to register or get the latest information depending on your county of residence.

  • San Francisco County
  • Alameda County (for the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda etc.)
  • Contra Costa County (Martinez, Lafayette, Walnut Creek etc.)
  • Marin County (San Rafael, Bolinas, Corte Madera etc.)
  • Napa County (Napa, Yountville, St Helena etc.)
  • San Mateo County (Redwood, Daly city, Menlo Park etc.)
  • Santa Clara County (San Jose, Mountain View, Palo Alto etc.)
  • Solano County (Fairfield, Vacaville, Vallejo etc.)
  • Sonoma County (Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Petaluma etc.)

Who are next on the list?

The next step, the phase 1b, is scheduled for the end of the month, or even February. It targets 15 million people. The following can then be vaccinated, first:

  • – Employees of exposed sectors which are:
    • – education
    • – Child care
    • – Emergency services
    • – Agriculture and Food

Then in a second step:

  • – Employees in high-risk sectors which are:
    • – Essential factories
    • – Industrial, commercial, residential and accommodation facilities and services
    • – Transport and logistics
  • – Incarcerated or homeless people

Some Bay counties are ahead of this schedule. Lat phase 1c However, should take place in March and target individuals aged 50 and over, people at risk due to their medical history or pathologies, as well as other employees in exposed sectors.

Finally, the phase 2 concerns the general public and should take place in the summer or fall of 2021 according to current forecasts. Mister-everyone will probably be able to be vaccinated by his attending physician, at the pharmacy or even via his employer. The city of San Francisco has the ambition to vaccinate all of its residents of age to be to be by the end of June and will have to accelerate the current rate of vaccination.

Two important details. It takes two doses to be immunized, an interval of 21 days between the two for the Pfizer vaccine and 28 days for the Moderna. And you have to wait a few days or even weeks before the body is protected by the vaccine. At least 7 days after the second dose for Pfizer and 14 days for Moderna. Still a little patience…


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