ASIAN HEALTH SERVICES

COVID VACCINE INFO

Vaccine

We currently offer the following COVID-19 Vaccines:

1st and 2nd Dose:

We offer Moderna infant vaccine (6 months-5 years old), Pfizer Pediatric vaccine (5-11 years old), Pfizer Adult vaccine (12 years and older) and Moderna Adult 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.

Booster Shot

Bivalent Booster (12 year old and older)

To be eligible, individuals must have completed their primary series dose(s) at least two months prior to receiving an updated booster. Individuals are eligible to receive the updated booster regardless of previous booster doses received.  

These boosters are bivalent, which means they are pulling double duty by increasing immunity against the original coronavirus strain while also protecting against the newer Omicron variants.  

Everyone 12 years and older is eligible for the Pfizer updated COVID-19 bivalent booster.

Everyone 18 years and older is eligible for the Moderna updated COVID-19 bivalent booster. 

People cannot get a bivalent booster without first completing at least a primary series. 

The updated bivalent boosters will now replace the existing monovalent booster vaccines for individuals 12 years of age and older. Children ages 5-11 can still boost their immunity with the monovalent boosters.    

We are now offering Pfizer and  Moderna Bivalent boosters.

Pediatric Booster (5-11 year old)

CDC guidelines permit individuals 5 years old to 11 years old that have completed their initial vaccine series at least 5 months ago to receive Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster. Those that are immunocompromised can received your booster 3 months after their 3rd dose.

  • 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

Overseas vaccines

Those who completed non-US vaccines that have received W.H.O EUA can receive a booster two months from the completion of their primary vaccine series, which includes 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).

COVID Vaccination Calendar

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Location Information:

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

Clinton Park 655 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606 (Corner of 6th and 12th St)

Wilma Chan Park 810 Jackson St. Oakland, CA 94607

San Leandro Clinic: 99 Callan Ave, San Leandro CA 94577

Anyone ages 6 months and older should get the vaccine. It 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. The new Bivalent booster offers protection against the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and the Omicron BA.4/ BA.5 variant. 

Newly authorized vaccine boosters—called “bivalent” because they target the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and the Omicron BA.4/BA.5 variant.

Yes. We strongly encourage anyone who is eligible get the bivalent COVID-19 booster to better protect yourself from current circulating variants and reduce the most severe outcomes of COVID-19, such as hospitalization, long COVID, and death.  

Individuals age 18 years or older can get the Moderna booster, while those age 12 years or older can get the Pfizer booster, per CDC guidelines. Bivalent boosters can be given 2 months after an individual completes their last primary series or booster dose (regardless if it’s the first or second booster). 

Yes. Age-appropriate mix and match boosters allowed; there is no preference. 

Adults 18 and older may get updated booster from a different manufacturer than they got for their primary series, as long as it’s the updated Bivalent Pfizer or Bivlaent Moderna Shot. 

Teens 12-17 years may get the updated Bivalent Pfizer Booster regardless of which vaccine they received for their primary series. 

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 infected.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 vaccine for children has the same active ingredients as the vaccine given to adolescents and adults.  However, children under 12 years of age will be given a smaller dose of the vaccine, using smaller needles.  

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 vaccine emergency authorization to use in children because the approved 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. 

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.  

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