COVID-19 VACCINE

The Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on December 11th, and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on December 18th. Pfizer expects to have up to 50 million doses available by the end of 2020, and Moderna expects to have up to 20 million by the end of the year.

Alameda County recently received its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Alameda County Public Health Department is working to provide safe, equitable, and broad distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to people who live and work in our county.

All Alameda County residents age 12 and older are now eligible to receive the vaccine. To learn more about local efforts and updates on the COVID-19 vaccine in Alameda County, please visit: https://covid-19.acgov.org/vaccines 

For more COVID-19 Information and Resources for Alameda County Residents:

1. Please visit: https://covid-19.acgov.org/index.page

2. For General COVID-19 Questions: please call 1.510-268-2101 or submit a question online

3. For COVID-19 Vaccine specific inquires, please email: covax@acgov.org

4. To receive a notification from Alameda County when it is your turn to get the vaccine, please click here.

5. To find a COVID-19 vaccine near you;

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    • Text your zip code to GETVAX (for English) or VACUNA (for Spanish) you will get a message back with three (3) possible vaccination sites near you, with phone numbers to call for an appointment. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I get the COVID-19 Vaccine at the Alameda County Fairgrounds?

All Alameda County residents age 12 and older are now eligible to receive the vaccine.

To learn more about making an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, please click here.

Can I get the COVID-19 Vaccine at the Oakland Coliseum?

All Alameda County residents age 12 and older are now eligible to receive the vaccine.

To find out if you are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the Oakland Coliseum please sign up at myturn.ca.gov or call 1.833.422.4255.

How can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

All Alameda County residents age 12 and older are now eligible to receive the vaccine.

You can sign up to get notified when it is your turn to receive the vaccine.

To get notified by the Alameda County Public Health Department, please click here.

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Visit myturn.ca.gov or call 1.833.422.4255 to sign up for notifications.

The COVID-19 vaccine may also be available at:

  • Community vaccination sites
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Clinics
  • Pharmacies

CVSRite Aid, and Walgreens pharmacies are now also accepting appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations in select areas.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?

Yes. Safety information about the vaccines has been reviewed and approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Western States Scientific Review Committee (California, Oregon, and Washington).

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine safety, please click here.  

What vaccines are available?

There are three vaccines currently available: Moderna, Pfizer, and Janssen Johnson & Johnson. 

Do I need to pay for the COVID-19 vaccine?

No. The COVID-19 vaccines will be provided at no cost to Alliance Members.

Do I need to wear a mask after I am vaccinated?

Yes. The vaccine will protect you from developing severe illness, but it may not stop you from spreading COVID-19 to others. Until we get enough people vaccinated to protect our entire community, it is critical that everyone—even those who have been vaccinated—continue to wear masks and follow other COVID-19 prevention guidance.

What are the facts about the COVID-19 vaccine?

Having the correct information about the COVID-19 vaccine is important. To learn more about the facts from the  CDC, please click here.

  1. Fact: COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19.
  2. Fact: COVID-19 vaccines will not cause you to test positive on COVID-19 viral tests.
  3. Fact: People who have been sick with COVID-19 will still benefit from getting vaccinated.
  4. Fact: Getting vaccinated can help prevent you from getting sick with COVID-19.
  5. Fact: Getting an mRNA vaccine will not alter your DNA.

How can I learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine?

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit:

Is the vaccine mandatory?

No, there is no requirement from the state or federal government. This is an individual decision, and we hope to share the best available information to help people make the right choice for themselves.

Who will get vaccinated and in what order?

Alameda County is following the State’s prioritization framework, which is based on the CDC’s recommendations and is evolving. Vaccine administration began in Alameda County the week of 12/14/20.  For the latest updates on where the County is with vaccine administration, please visit: https://covid-19.acgov.org/vaccines

As of Thursday, May 13, 2021, all Alameda County residents who are 12 and older are eligible for the vaccine. At vaccination sites that only offer the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, eligibility is 18 and older. For more details, please visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/#When-can-I-get-vaccinated

What does this mean for me?

  • Vaccine supply is limited. Distribution is being prioritized by groups of people based on their risk of exposure to – or becoming severely ill from – the virus that causes COVID-19. Prioritization criteria include occupation, age, living, and health conditions.
  • Vaccinations are prioritized according to age and risk. A portion of the Alameda County population can get vaccinated now, and the rest should have access later in 2021.

What should I do while I wait to be vaccinated?

Please continue to follow the prevention guidelines you’ve heard about since the pandemic started:

  • Wear a face covering
  • Keep at least six feet of distance from anyone you don’t live with
  • Wash your hands often
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid gatherings