4/14/2021: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland is now open for vaccines to ALL 16 and 17 year olds. Here's the link to information on how to sign up! http://view.healthcare.ucsf.ed...
As of 4/15/2021, ALL persons 16 years and older will qualify for a COVID-19 vaccine. 16 and 17 year olds can only receive the Pfizer vaccines at this time. Do not sign up for Moderna or J&J vaccine for your teen as you will be turned away. Preliminary data from Pfizer is showing excellent efficacy for children ages 12 to 16, and EUA approval has been sent in to the FDA. We hope to have approval for vaccinating 12 to 16 year olds this summer. We DO NOT have vaccines in our office yet. We are registered to administer vaccines with the county but have not received any allotment of vaccines and do not know whether we will get any vaccines. Please contact the office to set up your Berkeley Pediatrics MyChart account for your child is you have not already. In addition to Facebook , Instagram and website updates, we will likely also be sending out blast emails to our patients via MyChart. Please see the 3/29/2021 update for where you can find vaccines.
3/29/2021: Contra Costa County is now open for vaccines to all persons 16 years and older! Alameda County is currently still at 1B but hopefully will open to those 50+ soon. There are now three options for vaccines, 2 mRNA vaccines and 1 adenovirus based vaccine (single shot) by Johnson and Johnson. We recommend that you received any of the three vaccines that is available to you the soonest. For persons ages 16 and 17, they can ONLY receive the Pfizer vaccine. You can find vaccine centers through your county of work or residence, through the Myturn.gov.ca website and also through local pharmacies and stores e.g. Safeway, Lucky, Rite-Aid, CVS and Walgreens. These sites update all the time so don't get discouraged if you don't see an appointment right away--keep updating and trying. Early in the morning is often a good time to nab those appointments that become available.
Berkeley Pediatrics does NOT have covid vaccine--we are registered with the county, but so far counties are keeping distribution to county sites and pharmacy sites.
2/15/2021: Our staff and providers have received their second doses of COVID-19 vaccines! We are keep up to date on availability of vaccines and will post updates on our Instagram and Facebook accounts. The availability and information fluctuates very quickly--social media channels seem to have the most up to do date information (websites often aren't updated as quickly).
There are currently 2 mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 approved by the FDA, Pfizer and Moderna. The Pfizer vaccine is approved from ages 16 and up. The Moderna vaccine is approved only for persons age d 18 and older. Distribution of vaccines is following the state/federal mandated phase I through III but also guided by each county's public health department.
Distribution of the vaccine is occurring now and is somewhat variable between regions. The local rollout for health care workers is going well. Distribution to 65+ are also underway in most areas. Beyond this, we do not have any information of vaccine distribution to the general public at this time. But we will update you as soon as we know.
2/15/2021: Teachers, childcare workers and grocery workers are now eligible to schedule appts for vaccines in Berkeley.
Please note that pediatric vaccines for under 16 are NOT yet available--the Pfizer vaccine trials for the pediatric population ages 5-11 are not even scheduled to start until April and data for ages 12-15 will be released soon. Even after an individual is vaccinated, he/she will still need to wear a mask as the virus can still be harbored in the nasopharynx and transferred to others--studies on this are still pending.
Questions about how mRNA vaccines work? Here's a brief video that explains mRNA technology and why it is safe.
Hang in there everybody. We have to be patient but there is hope for a significant positive turn in this pandemic. BUT, until then.....STAY MASKED, STAY DISTANCED, STAY HOME AND STAY SAFE. https://www.npr.org/.../fda-authorizes-covid-19-vaccine...