ASIAN HEALTH SERVICES

COVID VACCINE INFO

Vaccine

We currently offer the following COVID-19 Vaccines:

1st and 2nd Dose:

Pfizer vaccine (5 years and older) and Moderna vaccine (18 years and older)

3rd Dose:

Pfizer vaccine (5 years and older) and Moderna vaccine (18 years and older) for moderately and severely immunocompromised individuals.

This includes people who have:

  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Active, long-term treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

Third dose must be given at least 28 days following the second dose. The third dose should be the same product as the original series.

1st Booster Shot

We offer Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J booster shots.

CDC guidelines permit individuals 5 years old and older that have completed their initial vaccine series to mix and match vaccine boosters. This means they can choose any type of vaccine for their choice of a booster shot.

  • Pfizer or Moderna (mrNA Covid-19 vaccine) booster dose is preferred for people ages 18 years and older in most situations.
  • Teens 12–17 years old may only get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster
  • Children 5-11 years old may only get Pediatric Pfizer-BioTech COVID-19 vaccine booster

When to schedule your booster vaccine:

If you received Pfizer (Prediatric or Adult)or Moderna for your initial vaccine series, you can receive your booster 5 months after your 2nd dose.

If you received J&J for your initial vaccine, you can receive your booster 2 months after your 1st dose.

If you are immunocompromised, you can receive your booster 3 months after your 3rd dose.

2nd Booster Shot

Per new FDA and CDC guidelines, we offer Pfizer and Moderna 2nd booster shots.

You are eligible for your 2nd booster if you have received your booster vaccine at least 4 months ago AND meet one of the following criteria:

  • Adults ages 50 years and older
  • 12 years old and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised
  • Received J&J for their first shot and booster

Note:

  • Immunocompromised 12-17 years old can only get Pfizer Booster
  • Immunocompromised 18 years and older can choose either Pfizer or Moderna Booster

Pediatric Pfizer Shots

We offer Pfizer pediatric shots to children between the ages of 5-11. We now offer both primary and booster shots.

Overseas vaccines

Those who completed non-US vaccines that have received W.H.O EUA can receive a booster five months from the completion of their primary vaccine series, such as those who received:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield (India manufactured AstraZeneca)
  • BIBP/Sinopharm (Beijing)
  • Sinovac
  • Bharat Biotech (COVAXIN)

For the full list of approved vaccines: https://covid19.trackvaccines.org/agency/who/

For Non-W.H.O EUA vaccine recipients: Need to start over with US vaccines for primary series. (Examples of Non-WHO EUA vaccines include Sinopharm (Wuhan-Vero) and CanSino (Ad5-nCoV).

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Location Information:

416 Vaccine Clinic: 416 8th St., Oakland, CA 94607

Clinton Park: 655 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94607 (Corner of 6th and 12th St)

Oakland High School: 1023 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland CA 94610

Lincoln Elementary: 225 11th St, Oakland, CA 94607

Lincoln Park: 261 11th St, Oakland, CA 94607

KCCEB: 99 Callan Ave, San Leandro CA 94577

Kent Gardens: 16450 Kent Ave, San Lorenzo, CA 94580

To look for other vaccine clinics closer to you, visit myturn.ca.gov to find a vaccination appointment near you.  

Children Ages 5-11 FAQs

  • COVID-19 infection is likely to be more mild in children than adults, but some children get very sick and need to have hospital care. Children have died from complications of COVID-19 infections.  Vaccination against COVID-19 can help keep children from getting seriously sick even if they do get
  • Vaccinating children can help protect family members, such as siblings too young for vaccination and other vulnerable family members.
  • Vaccinating children ages 5 and older can help keep them in school and safely participate in playdates, sports, and other activities essential to their well-being and development.
  • The Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 has the same active ingredients as the vaccine given to adolescents and adults. However, children ages 5-11 will be given one-third of the adult dose of Pfizer vaccine, using smaller needles.
  • Your child will need a second shot of the Pfizer vaccine three weeks after their first shot.
  • The Pfizer vaccine was studied in a clinical trial of more than 2,200 children aged 5-11, following the same process as approvals for all other childhood vaccines.
  • The clinical trial shows that COVID-19 vaccination helped children build protection against the virus in the same way as in adults. The vaccine is 90.7% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection in children which means less hospital visits for COVID-19 infections.
  • The FDA gave the Pfizer vaccine emergency authorization to use in children ages 5-15 years old because the Pfizer vaccine has proven safe and effective.
  • Your child may have some side effects but they should go away in a few days. These side effects are common and is a sign that their body is building protection. 
  • Possible side effects:
    • On the arm where your child got the shot: Pain, redness, swelling.
    • Throughout the rest of their body: Tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, nausea.
  • Aspirin is not recommended for use in children and adolescents less than 18 years old. Ask your child’s doctor for advice on using a non-aspirin pain reliever and other steps you can take at home to help with your child’s symptoms from the vaccination.
  • Children with underlying medical conditions are more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 infection compared to children without underlying medical conditions so it is highly recommended to have your child vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • The current vaccine is free. Alameda County is currently working with state and local clinics like Asian Health Services and local pharmacies to provide the vaccine to our community.  To look for the vaccine clinic closest to you, visit myturn.ca.gov.
  • Asian Health Services has a limited number of appointments. You can call our COVID Helpline to see if you can sign up for an appointment (510) 735-3222.
  • According to the CDC, the current authorized vaccines offer strong protection against new strains of the COVID-19 virus including the Delta, Omicron and BA.2 variant.
  • Vaccinations are very effective in preventing severe symptoms from COVID-19 infections, but they do not provide complete protection against all infections.
  • Until the pandemic is widely controlled, we need to continue using all available tools to reduce viral spread in public places, such as schools. This means vaccinating everyone eligible to receive the vaccine, wearing masks indoors and in some cases outdoors for everyone older than 2, physical distancing, hand hygiene, improving ventilation in schools when possible, and other preventative measures.
  • Reducing the spread of COVID-19 keeps our communities healthy and prevents possible mutations of the virus, which could result in dangerous new variants.
  • We recommend that you don’t delay. This is the best and quickest way to protect your child from COVID-19.
  • Children under 5 years old are currently not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Once they are eligible after turning 5, they should get the vaccine.
  • Vaccine trials for children younger than 5, using even smaller doses, are ongoing. We expect the FDA and the CDC will consider authorization for the younger children in early 2022.

Ages 12 and Older FAQs

Anyone age 5 and older should get the vaccine. Those who are 5-17 years old can only receive the Pfizer vaccine, and children age 5-11 years old can only receive the pediatric Pfizer vaccine. This is the best way to protect yourself and your family

It offers great protection. Compared to the annual flu vaccine, it is twice as effective.

Yes, it is safe. Over 390 million doses have been given in the United States and bad reactions are extremely rare. Benefits of vaccine outweigh the potential risks.

After the second dose, there is a high chance of side effects similar to a flu vaccine (arm soreness, muscle aches, headache, tiredness) for a few days. This is expected and can be a good sign that your immune system is working.

If you are allergic to polyethylene glycol (Miralax), you should not get the current COVID vaccine.

If you develop immediate allergic reaction (hives, wheezing) to the first COVID vaccine, you should reach out to your provider before getting the second shot.

You can get the vaccine. Please discuss this with your doctor first if you still have concerns.

The current vaccine is free. Alameda County is currently working with state and local clinics like Asian Health Services and local pharmacies to provide the vaccine to our community.  To look for the vaccine clinic closest to you, visit myturn.ca.gov.

Asian Health Services has a limited number of appointments. You can call our COVID Helpline to see if you can sign up for an appointment (510) 735-3222.

  • According to the CDC, the current authorized vaccines offer strong protection against new strains of the COVID-19 virus including the Delta, Omicron and BA.2 variant.

Those that received their second dose of Pfizer and Moderna at least 5 months ago, or received their first J&J dose at least 2 months ago.

Those that are immunocompromised that received an additional shot after their primary series can receive their booster 3 months from their additional dose.

Those that received their Pfizer and Moderna second dose at least 5 months ago.

You are eligible for your 2nd booster if you have received your booster vaccine at least 4 months ago AND meet one of the following criteria:

  • Adults ages 50 years and older
  • 12 years old and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised
  • Received J&J for their first shot and booster

Note:

  • Immunocompromised 12-17 years old can only get Pfizer Booster
  • Immunocompromised 18 years and older can choose either Pfizer or Moderna Booster

View the Children Ages 5-11 FAQs in another language

View the 12 and older FAQs in Another Language

Eligibility Chart

Pfizer
Moderna
J&J
Time Eligibility
6 months from 2nd dose
6 months from 2nd dose
2 months from 2nd dose
Eligible Groups
All adults age 16 and older who received their 2nd shot at least 6 months ago
All adults age 16 and older who received their 2nd shot at least 6 months ago
-All adults age 18 and older who got 1st shot
Underlying Medical Conditions *
  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic lung diseases, including COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate to severe), interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension
  • Dementia or other neurological conditions
  • Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
  • Down syndrome
  • Heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies or hypertension)
  • HIV infection
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)
  • Liver disease
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
  • Smoking, current or former
  • Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant
  • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease, which affects blood flow to the brain
  • Substance use disorders
Occupational/ Institutional Setting **
  • First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
  • Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
  • Food and agriculture workers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Corrections workers
  • US. Postal Service work
  • Public transit workers
  • Grocery store workers