San Francisco AIDS Foundation is authorized by the California Department of Public Health to administer COVID-19 vaccines to eligible individuals. Vaccine supplies are limited and appointments are required.
Who is eligible?
We are following guidelines from the San Francisco Department of Public Health to determine vaccine eligibility.
In Phase 1A, appointments are available for:
- Front-line healthcare workers
- People 65 years and older
The general public will likely not have access to the vaccine until later in 2021, when we have more vaccines from the state. To get notified when you are eligible, sign up for notifications from sf.gov.
If you are not eligible to receive the vaccine at this time, you will not be able to schedule an appointment or receive the vaccine.
How to Schedule an Appointment
We are administering vaccines to a limited number of eligible individuals Tuesday through Saturday. Appointments are required and walk-ups are not permitted.
Call 628-877-1035 to make an appointment. Appointment availability depends on vaccine supply and appointments may not be available even when you are eligible.
- Appointments last approximately 30 minutes.
- Appointments are grouped to ensure all doses are used.
- When you call for an appointment, you will be asked to provide your name, date of birth, and contact telephone number.
- Vaccines are free. You do not need health insurance.
- People with any immigration status can get the vaccines.
San Francisco AIDS Foundation is not a mass vaccination site. We aim to reach those who are not able to access the vaccine through other sites. The City is partnering with health care providers to establish vaccination sites for the general public. Find out more at sf.gov.
Your appointment will be at Strut, 470 Castro Street, San Francisco. The vaccine clinic is located on the 3rd floor, which is accessible by elevator.
You must wear a mask or face covering during your visit.
When you arrive you will be greeted by our staff, have your temperature taken, and asked to complete a COVID-19 symptom assessment before entering the clinic. You can only enter if you are NOT exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms, our staff will help to reschedule your appointment.
Appointments take approximately 30 minutes. Once inside, check in at the clinic desk on the 3rd floor. If you need an interpreter, we will provide an iPad with virtual support services.
During your appointment, you will meet with a clinic nurse who will ask about your medical history and answer any questions or concerns you have about the vaccine.
After you receive your shot, you will wait onsite for at least a 15-minute observation period. Before you leave, we will schedule your second vaccine appointment date.
COVID-19 vaccines are provided for free to anyone who is eligible regardless of immigration status.
Upon arriving you will complete a COVID-19 symptom assessment before entering*. You cannot bring food or water inside the clinic. Chaperones and service animals are only allowed if pre-arranged with clinic staff.
*You can only enter if you are NOT exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms, our staff will help to reschedule your appointment.
Currently, we are only scheduling appointments for front-line health care workers and for people 65 years of age and older. Check your eligibility on the City’s COVID-19 vaccine in San Francisco webpage.
If you’re eligible, call 628-877-1035 to make a vaccine clinic appointment. If you are not eligible to receive the vaccine at this time, you will not be able to schedule an appointment. Walk-ups are not permitted. Appointments are grouped to ensure all doses are used.
Two doses of the vaccine are required about 3-4 weeks apart. We’ll make your second appointment when you come in for your first shot.
Our clinic is currently administering the Moderna vaccine. The Moderna vaccine is reported to be 94–95% effective in preventing serious illness from COVID-19 after receiving two doses of the same vaccine at the recommended intervals.
Learn more about the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines from CDC: Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines.
Every study, every phase, and every trial was reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration and safety board.
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine safety from CDC: Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines.
Two doses are needed to get full protection from the vaccines we have right now. The appointments are 3 or 4 weeks apart. Both doses should be from the same vaccine type.
Learn why two COVID-19 vaccine shots are needed from CDC: Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines.
This is normal. It’s your immune system building a response so that you will be protected from COVID-19. The vaccines do not contain “live virus” so you cannot become sick with COVID-19 from the vaccine.
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine symptoms from CDC: Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines.
Getting vaccinated means that you will not get sick if you or someone in your household is exposed to the coronavirus. It’s especially important for people who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 to get the vaccine.
Learn about different ways to keep you and your household safe from CDC: How to Protect Yourself & Others.
You need 2 doses of the vaccine for maximum protection. Even after your second dose, continue to protect yourself and those in your household by maintaining social distance and using face coverings. It will still take a few weeks to build full immunity. Also, vaccinated individuals will not develop COVID-19 illness, it may be possible to transmit the virus to unvaccinated people. Until a high percentage of your community is vaccinated, continue practices that keep you safe.
Learn more about the three ways to slow the spread from CDC: How to Protect Yourself & Others.
You do not need health insurance to access the vaccine. You will pay $0 to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Anyone regardless of immigration status can receive the vaccine when they are eligible based on San Francisco Department of Public Health eligibility requirements.
If you have private health insurance, please contact your primary health care provider for more information about the vaccine. We hope to reach those who do not have other means of accessing the vaccine.
Use this list from sf.gov to find additional sites where the vaccine is offered.
It’s okay to feel overwhelmed from all the COVID-19 misinformation out there. Do your own research and stick to credible sources such as your primary care provider, your local health department, and federal health agencies.