Heres how to get your kids vaccinated in the Bay Area – SF Gate

Some Bay Area kids could get the COVID-19 vaccine as early as this week.

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in children ages 5-11, and on Tuesday, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel officially recommended the vaccine for use in children. 

The next step in California is for the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, a regional collaborative of scientists from several states, to sign off on the vaccine. The group met Tuesday evening and is expected to announce approval of the CDC’s recommendation Wednesday morning. 

We checked in with all nine Bay Area counties about their plans, and learned counties have pre-ordered thousands of pediatric doses. Some counties gave an estimated date for when vaccines for ages 5-11 would start. Santa Clara could start as early as Nov. 3.  Contra Costa and Marin counties estimated Nov. 6, and Sonoma and San Mateo, Nov. 8. 

Like adults, children ages 5 to 11 require two shots at least three weeks apart for maximum protection of the vaccine that was shown to have a 90.7% efficacy rate in clinical trials among this age group. Initial demand for the pediatric vaccine is expected to be high. 

Counties said parents should check with their regular health care provider to book a date for the shot, and also turn to county-run sites providing inoculations for children. Pharmacies will offer offer child vaccinations.

Here’s more on what Bay Area counties said about rolling out the vaccine to kids. Seven of nine counties responded.


Alameda County didn’t respond to a request for its plan on vaccinating children.

The county posts COVID vaccine information on its Health Services website.

Contra Costa

Contra Costa Health Services said in a statement that it expects to receive about 20,000 doses of the pediatric version of the Pfizer vaccine for county and partner clinics early this week. Health care providers and pharmacies are receiving separate stock, and are also getting ready. The health department expects to begin offering the pediatric vaccine by Nov. 6 at county-run vaccination clinics.

The agency is working with education and health care partners, including John Muir Health, Kaiser, La Clinica and Lifelong Medical, to host vaccine clinics at school sites. The county will be announcing more details about school-based vaccine clinics soon.

An estimated 92,000 county residents ages 5-11 live in Contra Costa County.

Get more information on the vaccine from Contra Costa Health Services.


The county is opening vaccine super sites for pediatric vaccines that can accommodate up to 1,000 kids a day tentatively on Saturday. The county is strongly encouraging appointments, because you’re likely going to wait in a long line if you try to walk in.

Tentative dates for super sites are as follows:

—Saturday, Nov. 6, Miller Creek Middle School  
—Sunday Nov. 7, Miller Creek Middle School  
—Saturday, Nov. 13, Strawberry Point  
—Sunday, Nov. 14, Strawberry Point  
—Saturday, Nov. 20, Novato High School 
—Sunday, Nov. 21, Novato High School 

Get updates and book appointments on Marin’s vaccine website.


Napa County didn’t respond to a request for its plan on vaccinating children.

The county updates its vaccine information on its COVID-19 website.

San Mateo

San Mateo County Health said in a statement it’s planning to offer a walk-up vaccination clinic for kids at the San Mateo County Event Center on Saturday, Nov. 6. Appointments are required for Saturday’s pediatric clinic at the Event Center and will be available soon on the state’s vaccine scheduling site MyTurn.

The county will offer pediatric vaccines at some county-operated community clinics in the most impacted neighborhoods. Residents can check MyTurn to book appointments at these clinics and look for updated information on the county health website.
County Health is also partnering with the County Office of Education to open vaccination clinics in four elementary school locations accessible to families in the North, Central, South and Coastside communities during the week of Nov. 15.

San Francisco

The San Francisco Department of Public health said it’s implementing a “collaborative approach from San Francisco’s robust network of nearly 100 vaccination sites” to administer the vaccine to children ages 5-11.

“A number of high-volume sites across San Francisco, including those at all major health systems, have the capacity to administer 200 to 300 doses per day,” the city said. “These also include four school-based sites that can expand to as many as 250 vaccines a day to support the school community as needed.” 

The department said it is also planning to host family-friendly vaccination events and virtual town halls offering information on vaccine safety and availability in various languages to address the questions from parents and caretakers.  

An estimated 44,000 residents ages 5-11 live in San Francisco.

Get more information on the vaccine from the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Santa Clara

Santa Clara County said its ready to distribute the vaccine to ages 5 to 11 as early as Nov. 3. There are numerous sites throughout Santa Clara County and a complete list open to the general public is available at The county said it will make announcements soon about vaccine sites and schools. 

The health department posts information on the vaccine on the Santa Clara County Public Health website


Solano County will host pop-up vaccine clinics at community locations like schools, churches, community centers and other relevant locations. For up to date information and to find out which vaccines clinics will be ready for 5- to 11-year-olds, you can visit the Solano County COVID vaccine website. 


Sonoma County said it will have vaccine clinics open as early as Nov. 8 at schools with populations of free school lunch recipients, English language learners and other equity metrics. Parents of children without a clinic at their school should reach out to their pediatrician or local pharmacy. 

There are roughly 37,000 children in the county between the ages of 5 and 11. The county’s Office of Education’s goal is to vaccinate a quarter of eligible children by Dec. 1. The campaign will seek to vaccinate half of these children by Jan. 31, 2022, and 70% by Feb. 28, 2022.

Get more information on how to get your child vaccinated on the Sonoma County website.