COVID guide: Everything you need to know about a vaccine in the Bay Area

COVID guide: Everything you need to know about a vaccine in the Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed across California, and here in the Bay Area.

In December, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be used for emergency use.

As more vaccines become available, more people wonder: When can I get vaccinated?

Here is a break down of where each Bay Area county is:

Where and How to get the vaccine



As of Jan. 13, Alameda County remains in Phase 1A, Tiers 1 through 3 and will move forward into Phase 1B once there is enough supply.

If you are 65 and older and interested in getting vaccinated, you will need to contact your health care provider to see if they have vaccine available at this time.  

You can also head to THIS WEBSITE to sign up to be notified when it is your turn.

Contra Costa

As of Jan. 15, a total of 39,289 vaccine doses had been administered across Contra Costa County.

The county has moved into Phase 1B distributing vaccines to people 75 years and older, and health care workers. The county is taking appointments for those 65 years and older.

If you are 65 and older and would like to request an appointment, CLICK HERE.


As of Jan. 12, vaccines are limited to healthcare personnel in Phase 1A in Marin County.

You will need to wait to be contacted by your healthcare provider.

However, you can contact your provider as some are scheduling appointments at this time.


As of Jan. 15, Napa County is currently working to distribute vaccines to those in Phase 1a, Tier 1 through 3, and Phase 1B, Tier 1.

Phase 1B, Tier 1 includes individuals 65 and older, and those at risk of exposure in education and childcare, emergency services, and food and agriculture.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, CLICK HERE to fill out an interest form.

San Francisco

San Francisco is currently distributing vaccines to frontline healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, service workers, as well as long-term care residents.

People over the age of 65 can also get the vaccine. Contact your healthcare provider.

UCSF and Sutter Health will only distribute to people 75 years and older.

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 19, people who live and work in San Francisco can sign-up for vaccine notification. CLICK HERE to sign-up.

San Mateo

San Mateo County is currently in Phase 1A distributing vaccines to healthcare workers and those in long-term care facilities.

There is an estimated 38,000 healthcare workers and 12,000 in long-term care across the county.

While state officials have given the approval to enter Phase 1B for those 65 and older, San Mateo has not yet entered that phase.

Residents are advised to contact their healthcare provider.

Santa Clara

Santa Clara County is currently in Phase 1A, including residents who are 75 years of age or older.

Eligible individuals are able to schedule an appointment at their healthcare providers:

  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF)
  • Stanford Healthcare
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Hospitals & Clinics


Solano County has begun distributing vaccines to Phase 1A Tier 1 and 2, and are preparing to move into Tier 3 which includes:

  • Specialty clinics
  • Laboratory workers
  • Dental and other oral health clinics
  • Pharmacy staff not working in settings at higher tiers

NorthBay Healthcare will be contacting qualified recipients. Others are advised to contact your provider.


As of Jan. 14, a total of 15,896 vaccines have been distributed in Sonoma County, both Pfizer and Moderna.

The county is currently distributing vaccines to those in Phase 1A Tier 2 and 3.

Eligible residents should contact their healthcare provider to receive a vaccine.

CLICK HERE for provider contact information.

Bay Area Provider Resources

Dignity Health

Kaiser Permanente

Sutter Health


California COVID Cases Map

California’s Vaccine Distribution Plan

On Wednesday, Jan. 13, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California residents will soon be notified when they are able to get the vaccine.

Those who are 65 years and older will now be able to get vaccinated.

As of Wednesday, Jan. 13, a total of 971,829 doses have been administered statewide.

How many doses have been administered

(AS OF JAN. 13)

246,694 doses have been administered in Region 2 which includes all nine Bay Area Counties:

  • Alameda
  • Contra Costa
  • Del Norte
  • Humboldt
  • Lake
  • Marin
  • Mendocino
  • Monterey
  • Napa
  • San Benito
  • San Francisco
  • San Mateo
  • Santa Clara
  • Santa Cruz
  • Solano
  • Sonoma

Interactive CA Map of ICU Capacity by Region

CDC COVID Data Tracker

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