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COVID-19 Vaccinations

On this page you will find general information about COVID vaccines, as well as information to help you determine your eligibility to receive a vaccine, and where to receive a vaccine if you’re eligible, based on the county in which you reside.

Current status

  • Stanford faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars coming to campus this fall will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Stanford plans to require all undergraduate, graduate and professional students coming to campus this fall to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. We will accommodate those who cannot take the vaccine for medical or religious reasons. Students in these situations will be able to request an exception and, once it is approved, will be required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing. Other requirements may also apply.
  • As a university, Stanford does not receive its own supply of vaccine, this includes Vaden Health Center. We encourage anyone who is eligible to seek vaccination appointments through any available distribution channel in the county where you live.
  • Stanford University’s guidance on face coverings applies, regardless of COVID vaccination status.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals who have traveled more than 150 miles beyond Santa Clara or San Mateo counties will no longer be required to receive a negative COVID-19 test or undergo a waiting period before returning to campus.
  • Faculty, staff, and postdocs with COVID-like symptoms must be symptom-free for at least 72 hours AND receive a negative COVID test, post-symptom onset, to be cleared for onsite access. This applies regardless of COVID vaccination status. 

Latest updates

  • In California, all individuals age 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated. However, in some areas, vaccine supply remains limited. Please refer to local providers for local eligibility and vaccine availability information.

Resources

What should I know about COVID-19 vaccines?

Research indicates that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. There is also evidence that COVID-19 vaccines keep you from getting seriously ill, even if you do get COVID-19.

COVID-19 is a new disease with new vaccines, so information is rapidly emerging about how vaccines can help us stop the pandemic. Please refer to this CDC page for information as it becomes available.

To assist with informing the public on the latest COVID-19 information, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has created the Coronavirus Rumor Control webpage. This webpage addresses common misconceptions and rumors concerning the ongoing pandemic. 

Am I eligible for the COVID vaccine?

In California, all individuals age 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated. 

However, in some areas, vaccine supply remains limited. Please refer to local providers for local eligibility and vaccine availability information.

Where can I get the COVID vaccine?

The vaccination landscape is changing rapidly, and there are an increasing number of sites  available for vaccination, including government-run locations, healthcare organizations, and some retail pharmacies.

While Stanford Hospital, as well as other large healthcare providers such as Sutter and Kaiser, are actively providing COVID vaccination, Stanford University has not received any vaccine doses for distribution. Each county has a slightly different approach in meeting state guidelines, based upon their infrastructure and supply.  Please review the information below, understanding that vaccination eligibility and availability may slightly differ between counties and providers.

Alameda County

In Alameda County, individuals age 16 and older who live in Alameda County are eligible to get vaccinated.

Please be advised that providers are frequently updating eligibility criteria, based on capacity and vaccine availability.

Click here to see a list of healthcare organizations and providers providing COVID-19 vaccinations in Alameda County.

Contra Costa County

In Contra Costa County, all individuals age 16 and older who live or work in Contra Costa County are eligible to get vaccinated.

Individuals who are eligible to be vaccinated are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider to make an appointment. Please be advised that providers are frequently updating eligibility criteria, based on capacity and vaccine availability.

Click here to see a list of healthcare organizations and providers providing COVID-19 vaccinations in Contra Costa County.

San Francisco County

In San Francisco County, individuals age 16 and older are eligible to get vaccinated.

Click here to see a list of healthcare organizations and providers providing COVID-19 vaccinations in San Francisco County.

San Mateo County

Individuals who are eligible to be vaccinated are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider to make an appointment. Please be advised that providers are frequently updating eligibility criteria, based on capacity and vaccine availability.

For uninsured residents, health insurance is not required to receive the vaccine. 

  • For San Mateo County residents without health insurance but who do have a health care provider (including patients at clinics at San Mateo Medical Center), please contact your healthcare provider.
  • For San Mateo County residents who do not have a provider and would like to enroll in a health plan, please click here. Health insurance is available regardless of immigration status, through a combination of Federal, State, and County programs. Call (650) 616-2002 to speak to an enrollment counselor.

Sign up for COVID vaccine eligibility updates in San Mateo County.

Click here to see a list of healthcare organizations and providers providing COVID-19 vaccinations in San Mateo County.

Santa Clara County

In Santa Clara County, individuals age 16 and older who live or work in Santa Clara County are eligible to be vaccinated.

Individuals who are eligible to be vaccinated are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider to make an appointment. Many healthcare providers are offering vaccinations to all eligible county residents, regardless of their healthcare care provider or insurance.

Click here to see a list of healthcare organizations and providers providing COVID-19 vaccinations in Santa Clara County.

Santa Cruz County

In Santa Cruz County, individuals age 16 and older who live or work in Santa Cruz County are eligible to be vaccinated.

Residents interested in vaccines should first contact their medical provider.

Click here to see a list of healthcare organizations and providers providing COVID-19 vaccinations in Santa Cruz County.