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Emeryville residents who are at least 65 years old can sign up for one of 2,000 drive-through COVID-19 vaccination appointments on Thursday, February 11, and Saturday, February 13.
This limited set of first-dose vaccinations, coordinated by the City of Berkeley at a site at the foot of Buchanan Street in Albany, targets an age group significantly more vulnerable to hospitalization and death as a result of COVID-19 disease. These City-coordinated vaccinations are just one of several ways people can get vaccines, though national supply remains severely constrained. Everyone should sign up wherever they can, especially with their health care provider but also with City, County and state notification lists.
Make your appointment online:COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Form, Thursday Feb. 11, Saturday Feb. 13.
This form will ask you for basic demographic information to confirm your eligibility for an appointment. While vaccines are free to all, those with insurance will need to upload photos of the front and back of their insurance cards. You will receive a confirmation email with the date and time of your appointment. You will not be asked about immigration status. They will verify appointments with identification at the site.
Questions? Call 888-702-9042 to reach the call center for the vendor, Curative Inc. For second doses, expect to receive an email to schedule your second dose at least two weeks after receiving your first dose.
Depending on vaccine availability, more time slots may be added in the evenings. Check back periodically.
After you’ve scheduled your vaccination appointment, call Easy Does It at 510-704-2111 to check your eligibility, register for services, and schedule a ride. Easy Does It will ask health screening questions to ensure the rider safety and the safety of the driver. Personal protective equipment is worn by drivers, and face coverings are required of riders.
The very limited national supply means that it will take many months for vaccines to reach the general population. No matter what your age, you can prepare by understanding what your health care provider's process is and signing up for general notification lists:
Large health care providers, such as Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health, receive their own limited supply of vaccine through the state and are beginning to schedule appointments for members 75 or older:
The limited supply of vaccines is also being distributed through other channels, such as a federal program for long-term care facilities and the health service for UC Berkeley. No matter what list you are on, keep tabs on your email and take immediate action when you receive a notification that you are eligible to make an appointment.
These safe, highly effective vaccines are free to the public. As federal supplies eventually increase, COVID-19 vaccines will also be available to all. The two currently approved vaccines -- Moderna and Pfizer - are for adults and each require two doses to have roughly 95 percent efficacy.
Each vaccination helps build up our resilience to the virus, even as it still kills thousands across the nation. The vaccine is not a panacea. We need to use all the tools the CDC has identified to fight this pandemic. Everyone - even those who are vaccinated - need to wear masks and avoid gatherings. Many people remain vulnerable. Each time someone wears a mask, avoids a gathering, keeps distance from other households or gets a vaccine, they help protect our community. Learn from your health care provider how they are scheduling vaccinations.