Skip To Content

For the latest information on eligibility and vaccine distribution, visit the Contra Costa Health Services website:

Get Vaccinated

 

11/12 Update:

Contra Costa County Health Officials Encourage COVID-19 Booster Shots for Adults and Vaccines for Kids Ages 5-11 as Holidays Approach

With the holidays and winter approaching, county health officials are urging everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccine or a booster shot to ensure safe celebrations.

Following guidance from the state health officer, Contra Costa County has announced that it will provide boosters to anyone ages 18+ who feels they are at increased risk from COVID-19 and wants one. According to Contra Costa Health Services, there is increasing evidence that the effectiveness of the vaccines wane over time and boosters provide additional protection.

For those who originally received Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, at least six months must have passed since their last dose. Those who got a Johnson & Johnson vaccine must wait two months to get a booster. 

People may choose any of the three available COVID-19 vaccines for their booster dose when they are eligible, regardless of the vaccine used when they were first vaccinated.

Health officials also strongly urge those who yet to be vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. Kids ages 5-11 recently became eligible for a pediatric version of the COVID-19 vaccine and parents can get their children immunized through their regular healthcare provider, pharmacies, County clinics and, in some cases, at local schools.

Appointments through Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) are recommended, and can be made online or by phone at 1-833-829-2626. People without appointments are accepted at county-run sites as time and vaccine supply allows.


11/3 Update:

COVID vaccines are now available for children ages 5 - 11. Community healthcare providers, local pharmacies, and Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) will all begin vaccinating county residents in this age group this week. The FDA, CDC, and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Work Group have all found that Pfizer’s vaccine is safe and highly effective for children aged 5 to 11. About 92,000 children in Contra Costa are newly eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The pediatric dose is one-third the dosage given to teens and adults, and smaller needles will be used. As with adults, children ages 5-11 must still get two shots at least three weeks apart to get the maximum protection of the vaccine.

Appointments for children aged 5 to 11 will become available anywhere in the county that provides the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming days. Check with your child's pediatrician or primary care provider and ask if they have the vaccine.

CCHS will begin providing the Pfizer vaccine to 5- to 11-year-olds at their no-cost public health vaccination clinics in Antioch, Concord, and Richmond beginning on Friday. Contra Costa Regional Medical Center & Health Centers will begin vaccinating its patients on Monday. Appointments at their clinics in Antioch, Concord, and Richmond will be available beginning Thursday afternoon online or by calling 1-833-829-2626.

> More Information from Contra Costa Health Services

> FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use in Children 5 through 11 Years of Age

> CDC Recommends Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5-11 Years

> Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup Finds Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine is Safe and Effective for 5- to 11-Year-Olds



11/1 Update:

Today, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) announced that it has pre-ordered thousands of pediatric doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine as the county prepares for Federal and State health officials to expand eligibility to kids ages 5-11.

According to a press release, CCHS expects to receive about 20,000 doses of the pediatric version of the Pfizer vaccine for county and partner clinics early this week. Other healthcare providers and pharmacies are also stocking up and getting ready.

CCHS is also working with education and healthcare partners in the region – including John Muir Health, Kaiser, La Clinica and Lifelong Medical – to host vaccine clinics at school sites once eligibility expands to younger kids. More details about school-based vaccine clinics will be announced soon.

The timing of when the vaccine becomes available to younger children depends on when Federal and State officials complete their review process. On Friday, October 29, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in children ages 5-11.

This week, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) will be deciding whether to recommend Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine next week for children ages 5-11. The CDC's recommendation is required before vaccines can be given to this age group.

If the CDC recommends the vaccine for the younger age group, it may take a couple of days until immunization clinics actually begin administering the pediatric vaccines, according to CCHS. The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, a regional collaborative of scientists from several states including California with expertise in immunization and public health, must also weigh in after the CDC makes it decision.

Parents should check with their child's regular healthcare provider or local pharmacies about availability. CCHS expects to begin offering the pediatric vaccine by Nov. 6 at county-run vaccination clinics.

The pediatric COVID-19 vaccine, which is one-third the dosage given to teens and adults, will come in different vials and packaging than the adult version. Like with adults, children ages 5-11 still must get two shots at least three weeks apart to get the maximum protection of the vaccine, which was shown to have a 90.7% efficacy rate in clinical trials among this age group.

> Read the full Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services

> View Contra Costa Vaccine Locations Flyer


9/27 Update:

Some groups of Contra Costa residents who have received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine can now consider a booster dose if at least six months have passed since they were fully vaccinated.

According to Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS), Pfizer and the other available COVID-19 vaccines continue to provide excellent protection against infection, and especially against serious illness from the virus. But, as with most vaccines, their protection diminishes over time.

Scientists have been researching how long high levels of protection will last. After reviewing the research, federal and state health experts have determined that some people who received Pfizer vaccine should get a booster, including:

Others vaccinated with Pfizer who are now eligible for booster doses include people 18 or older with underlying health conditions, or who are at increased risk of exposure to the virus due to their work or living situation. Read the California Department of Public Health guidelines for more information.

CCHS does not yet have health guidance for any other groups who received Pfizer vaccine, or those who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) – research continues for those vaccines.

If you are fully vaccinated, it is not urgent to get a booster dose – you still have excellent protection against COVID-19.

But if you are eligible, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) recommends checking with your healthcare provider about how to get a vaccine. Many options for COVID-19 vaccine are easily available across the county, including healthcare providers and local pharmacies. Visit the CCHS Get Vaccinated page for information and links to healthcare providers and pharmacies that provide COVID-19 vaccine near you. Appointments are also available at CCHS clinics, online, or by calling 1-833-829-2626.

8/18 Update:

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) is now offering COVID-19 booster vaccines for moderately to severely immunocompromised people, following new state and federal health guidelines.

CCHS recommends checking with your healthcare provider if you have questions about whether a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine is right for you, and to schedule your booster appointment through your healthcare provider if possible.

An additional dose of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine may be a healthy choice for people with certain health conditions, such as patients receiving cancer treatment, organ transplant recipients, people with advanced HIV or severe primary immunodeficiency, or people using medicines that suppress the immune system. We ask anyone seeking a booster in Contra Costa to attest that they have a qualifying medical condition.

Contra Costa County has appointments and plenty of vaccine available, both for booster doses and for residents who are 12 or older and still thinking about getting vaccinated, which remains the single most effective protection against COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) have issued a statement that booster doses may be available for more people as soon as September. CCHS is awaiting more information, and will post further details on the CCHS Coronavirus website as they become available.

People with one of the health conditions listed above seeking booster doses can schedule online or phone 1-833-829-2626 for an appointment. Click here for more information about vaccination and appointments.


5/27 Update:

The State of California has launched a new vaccine incentive program to encourage all Californians to get vaccinated by June 15. Everyone who has already been vaccinated will be automatically entered into a drawing for cash prizes, selected on June 4, 11 and 15.

On June 4 and June 11, 30 total winners will receive cash prizes of $50,000 each. On June 15, 10 grand prize winners will receive $1.5 million each. To be eligible, you must live in California, be age 12 or older, and have received at least a first dose of your COVID-19 vaccine.

For Californians who have not yet been vaccinated, 2 million incentive cards are available on a first-come, first-served basis: starting on May 27, the first two million Californians to start and complete their COVID-19 vaccination can choose to receive a $50 gift card to participating grocery stores, or a $50 prepaid virtual card (which can be spent online, in-store where major debit cards are accepted, or added to a mobile wallet to be used to shop in-stores that accept mobile wallet).

For more information and FAQ, visit the links below.

Learn More about California’s Vaccine Incentive Program 

> Get Vaccinated


5/25 Update:

John Muir Health has opened a new COVID-19 vaccination location in  San Ramon at San Ramon Medical Offices (2305 Camino Ramon). The vaccination clinic is open to everyone eligible to receive the vaccine (ages 12+) regardless of whether they are a John Muir Health patient.

Vaccinations are being given by appointment only to ensure we are using every vaccine dose we have available, and you don’t have to be a John Muir Health patient to schedule a vaccine appointment. The best way to schedule is through MyChart.

Patients who are new to John Muir Health or don't have a MyChart account yet, can create one by visiting www.johnmuirhealth.com/savetime and then schedule their vaccine appointment. There is no cost to open a MyChart account.

If a patient already has a MyChart account, they can schedule their vaccine appointment by logging in and going to "Visits", then clicking "Schedule an Appointment". From there, choose "COVID-19 Vaccine" as the type of appointment to schedule. Appointment availability will pop up at our vaccine clinic locations. There is no charge for COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

5/14 Update:

Contra Costa Health Services has announced that children between the ages of 12-15 can now get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at all county-run clinics, and public school campuses throughout Contra Costa will host free clinics beginning May 18 to ensure that every student who is 12 or older has access to safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to view the latest schedule for school clinics.

The County is expanding eligibility after the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommended Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for use in this younger age group. Previously, the Pfizer vaccine was only approved for people ages 16 and older.

Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for use by those who are ages 12-17. The other two COVID vaccines in the United States made by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are still only available to people ages 18 and older.

All eligible individuals can get vaccinated at a CCHS site, even if they do not live or work in Contra Costa County, no appointment required. While all CCHS sites accept walk-ins without a previous appointment, people can also schedule an appointment online or by phone at 1-833-829-2626, Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The State of California also offers appointments at myturn.ca.gov.

When coming to County vaccination clinics, Contra Costa Health Services recommends that anyone under the age of 18 be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If a parent or guardian cannot be present, CCHS asks for written consent or, when that is not feasible, may accept verbal consent over the phone. A consent form is available at cchealth.org.

Walk-in appointments are available in San Ramon at Diablo Valley College (1690 Watermill Rd), Mon–Thu8–11:30 a.m. and 12:30–5 p.m. Patients can choose a one-dose or two-dose vaccine at this site.

Homebound people that are unable to visit one of the CCHS sites can request a home vaccination from the county's mobile team.

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) and Kaiser Permanente, in partnership with the Contra Costa Office of Education and several school districts, will begin sending mobile vaccine clinics to schools across the county on May 18. Clinics will rotate to new campuses weekly, later returning to provide second-dose appointments.

 Click here to view the latest schedule for school clinics

Patients younger than 18 do require consent from a parent or guardian to get vaccinated. Information about required school vaccinations, such as Tdap, will also be available at the clinics.

Healthcare systems, pharmacies and other providers have different eligibility requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations. Visit the CCHS Get Vaccinated page for information about eligibility and how to schedule an appointment with partner providers.

Residents can also use the CDC’s VaccineFinder tool to find vaccination locations near you.

If you know someone who may need a little help making a vaccine appointment, please make that offer. Check out the CCHS Vaccine Appointment Guide for step-by-step information.


  

Vaccine Distribution

Healthcare systems, pharmacies and other providers have different eligibility requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations.

There are several ways to find a vaccine appointment, and at this point in time, the County recommends signing up everywhere you can, and after scheduling an appointment, canceling your requests elsewhere.

1. MyTurn

Every Californian 12 and up is now eligible for vaccination. Register with the State of California at myturn.ca.gov or call 1-833-422-4255 to schedule an appointment or be notified when one they are available.

2. Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS)

CCHS will immunize all eligible residents whether they have insurance or not. People who live, work, or attend school in Contra Costa County and are 12 years or older are currently eligible to schedule an appointment through CCHS.

Schedule an Appointment

Eligible residents who have difficulty using the form or have no internet access can request an appointment by calling 1-833-829-2626.

People who need to cancel an existing appointment or who received a first dose of vaccine through CCHS and need to make a second-dose appointment should call 1-833-829-2626.

3. Your Healthcare Provider

Healthcare systems have different eligibility requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations, and many healthcare providers are directly contacting eligible patients to schedule vaccine appointments.

Information about local providers—including Contra Costa Regional Medical Center & Health Centers, John Muir Health, Kaiser Permanente, La Clinica, Lifelong Medical, and Sutter Health—can be found by visiting the CCHS Vaccine page and scrolling down.

4. Partner Sites

Pharmacies and other providers have different eligibility requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations. Information about each of these providers can be found by visiting the CCHS Vaccine page and scrolling down. To request an appointment, visit the links below.

Arthritis and Rheumatology Center San Ramon

CVS

Lucky / Save Mart

OptumServe

Rite Aid

The Medicine Shoppe Orinda

Walgreens

 

More Information:

> COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Open at Contra Costa Schools
   
 Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services (May 14, 2021)

> Children Ages 12-15 Now Eligible for Vaccination in Contra Costa County
   
 Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services (May 12, 2021)

> Contra Costa County Opens Eligibility to those 16+
   
 Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services (Mar 30, 2021)

> Contra Costa Extends Vaccine Eligibility to Ages 50+
    Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services (Mar 22, 2021)

> Contra Costa County Improves to Red Tier, Expanded Vaccine Eligibility Begins March 15
   
 Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services (Mar 12, 2021)

> Contra Costa Extends Vaccine Eligibility to Essential Workers
    Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services (Feb 18, 2021)

> Contra Costa County Plans to Administer 1 Million COVID-19 Vaccines by July 4
   
 Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services (Jan 22, 2021)

> Contra Costa County Ramps Up COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
    Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services (Jan 11, 2021)

> COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Distributed Following State, Federal Framework
    Press Release from Bay Area Health Officers (Dec 15, 2020)

 

> Vaccine Information from Contra Costa Health Services

> Contra Costa County Vaccine Distribution Phases

> Contra Costa County Vaccine FAQ

> Contra Costa County Vaccine Volunteer Opportunities

> Contra Costa County Vaccine Dashboard

> Contra Costa County COVID-19 Ethical and Equitable Vaccine Allocations Committee

 

> Vaccine Information from the State of California

> Vaccine Distribution Guidelines from the California Department of Public Health

 

> Vaccine Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

> Vaccine FAQ from the CDC