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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Vaccinations Are Available for Emeryville Residents 65+, Public Transit & High-Risk Workers

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Emeryville residents who are at least 65 years old, public transit workers, janitors, people with certain underlying health conditions, and workers at high-risk of infection in certain industries can now sign up for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Sign up quickly for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment March 30 - April 3 if you are an Emeryville or Alameda County resident who is at least 65 years old, has a state-defined underlying health condition, or lives or works in Alameda County and are at increased risk of exposure in one of the following sectors:

  • public transit workers, including airport and commercial airlines
  • janitors, in any industry
  • emergency services
  • food and agriculture, including restaurants, grocery, convenience stores
Those who fit into one of these groups can now register for an appointment at Berkeley Public Health’s mass vaccination site at 1 Buchanan Street:


After scheduling, you will receive a confirmation email with the date and time of your appointment. We will verify appointments with identification at the site. You will not be asked about immigration status.

Curative staff will assist you with scheduling your second dose appointment after you receive your shot, while you are waiting in the post-vaccination holding area. 

For technical support or assistance scheduling your appointment, call Curative, Inc. at 888-702-9042.

COVID-19 vaccines are free to everyone. You do not need insurance to get a vaccine. However, those who have medical insurance will need to provide their insurance information.

Vaccinations are only for those with appointments.

People with certain underlying health conditions eligible

Those who have certain underlying health conditions that put them at highest risk for serious COVID-19 illness qualify for vaccination at state-run sites as well as the City of Berkeley site. 

People with these conditions are strongly encouraged to seek vaccination with a primary health care provider or system, or in an alternate clinical setting. Check first with your usual health care provider.

  • Cancer, current with weakened immune system
  • Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
  • Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent
  • Down syndrome
  • Solid organ transplant, leading to a weakened immune system
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (but not hypertension)
  • Severe obesity (Body Mass Index ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%

Employment verification required

For employment-based eligibility, we are following California Department of Public Health vaccine allocation guidelines. For questions about eligibility requirements, call the California COVID-19 hotline at 1-833-422-4255.

Those receiving the vaccine based on their employment will need to provide documentation to confirm eligibility at the site. They can use:

If using an employee ID badge without a picture, you will need a picture ID to verify identity.

Instructions: uploading photo of medical ID card

If you have health insurance, you’ll be asked to upload a photo of your medical ID card when scheduling your appointment.

Follow these steps to add your card:

  1. Take a photo of your card.
  2. Send the photo to your email.
  3. Open email and save the photo to a file on your computer.
  4. Upload the photo from the saved file using file manager.

If you are unable to do this on the insurance page, click on the box that says “I do not have my insurance card” and click continue to move to the next screen. You may have to enter some additional medical information. Bring your medical card with you to the appointment.

If you do not have health insurance, disregard these instructions. You do not need insurance to be vaccinated and will not be charged to receive a vaccine.

Vaccinations also available at the Oakland Coliseum and CVS, Rite-Aid, and Walgreens pharmacies

Check availability and schedule appointments for the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum at myturn.ca.gov or by calling 1-833-422-4255

CVS, Rite-Aid, and Walgreens pharmacies are also now scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers and those at least 65 years old. Use the links below to schedule an appointment. 

Keep in mind that supplies are limited and wait times may be long.

With vaccine supply limited, sign up for notification lists

The limited national supply of COVID-19 vaccines 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. Supply is limited everywhere, so sign up for as many lists as you can to maximize opportunities to receive a vaccine.

In addition to this list, we recommend residents sign up for:

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.


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