Dear Neighbor,
I wanted to make sure you were aware of today's news release from the City of Berkeley regarding expanded eligibility for vaccine appointments to all those who live or work in Berkeley who are currently employed in grocery stores, convenience stores, or in-person education and childcare settings. The best way to stay informed about vaccine availability is to sign up HERE.

Those who fit into one of the groups listed above, as well as Berkeley residents who are at least 65, can now register for appointments at a vaccination site at the foot of Buchanan St. in Albany. Appointments are available Wed., Feb. 17-Sat., Feb. 20.

After scheduling, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with the date and time of your appointment. The City will verify appointments with identification at the site. You will not be asked about immigration status.

Covid-19 vaccines are free to everyone. You do not need insurance to get a vaccine. However, those who have medical insurance will need to provide their insurance information.

Questions? Call Curative, Inc. at 888-702-9042.

Employment verification required for those under 65
For employment-based eligibility, the City is following California Department of Public Health vaccine allocation guidelines.

To qualify for these appointments, people under 65 must live or work in Berkeley and currently be working:
  • in a grocery or convenience store; or
  • providing in-person education or childcare services (this includes in-person childcare in informal settings, such as nannies); or
  • as a health care worker or in-home caregiver

Education workers providing remote-only instruction are not eligible for these appointments.

Those receiving the vaccine based on their employment will need to provide documentation to confirm eligibility at the site. They can use:

If using an employee ID badge without a picture, you will need a picture ID to verify identify.

Instructions: uploading photo of medical ID card
If you have health insurance, you’ll be asked to upload a photo of your medical ID card when scheduling your appointment.

Follow these steps to add your card:

  1. Take a photo of your card.
  2. Send the photo to your email.
  3. Open email and save the photo to a file on your computer.
  4. Upload the photo from the saved file using file manager.

If you are unable to do this on the insurance page, click on the box that says “I do not have my insurance card” and click continue to move to the next screen. You may have to enter some additional medical information. Bring your medical card with you to the appointment.

If you do not have health insurance, disregard these instructions. You do not need insurance to be vaccinated and will not be charged to receive a vaccine.

Transport option for Berkeley seniors and people with disabilities
For Berkeley residents who need assistance getting to the site, a ride service supported by the City can help some people get to their appointments for a $15 fee.

After you’ve scheduled your vaccination appointment, call Easy Does It at (510) 704-2111 to check your eligibility, register for services, and schedule a ride.

Easy Does It will ask health screening questions to ensure the safety of the rider and the driver. Personal protective equipment is worn by drivers, and face coverings are required of riders.

Vaccinations for those 65 and up now available through CVS and Rite-Aid pharmacies
CVS and Rite-Aid pharmacies are also now scheduling Covid-19 vaccinations for health care workers and those at least 65 years-old. Use the links below to schedule an appointment. Keep in mind that supplies are limited and wait times may be long.

With vaccine supply limited, sign up for notification lists
The limited national supply of Covid-19 vaccines means that it will take many months for vaccines to reach the general population.

No matter what your age, you can prepare by understanding what your health care provider’s process is and signing up for general notification lists. Supply is limited everywhere, so sign up for as many lists as you can to maximize opportunities to receive a vaccine:

The City of Berkeley’s list will be used to notify people when new vaccination opportunities are made available by Berkeley Public Health.

No matter what list you are on, keeps tabs on your e-mail and take immediate action when you receive a notification that you are eligible to make an appointment.