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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

  • Santa Clara County and Cal/OSHA are requiring employers to record their employees’ vaccination status. The vaccination status question on Health Check now requires a response, including manufacturer and vaccination dates, from faculty, staff, students and postdocs coming on-site. Please note: No group or unit should create vaccination requirements separate from or more restrictive than university requirements. 
  • All individuals must follow current face mask guidelines.
  • Stanford University faculty, staff, postdocs who are fully vaccinated and submit their full-vaccination status, including uploading documentation, into Health Check: 
    • Are not required to submit a daily Health Check (unless experiencing COVID-like symptoms)
    • Are not required to undergo post-travel testing or self-quarantine, after traveling outside of California.
    • Effective Sept. 20, 2021, Fully vaccinated faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars will be required to test once a week.
  • Stanford University faculty, staff, postdocs who are not fully vaccinated or decline to state their status on Health Check: 
    • Must receive a negative COVID-19 test or self-quarantine, after traveling outside of California.
    • Currently, faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars who are not fully vaccinated, or have not disclosed their vaccination status, are required to do COVID-19 surveillance testing once a week. 
    • Effective Sept. 20, 2021, Unvaccinated faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars will be required to test twice weekly for those working on-site four or more days per week. Individuals on-site three days or fewer per week are required to test once a week. This includes those who have not indicated their vaccination status on Health Check or cannot be vaccinated.

Latest updates

  • In California, all individuals age 12 and older are eligible to be vaccinated. 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 12 and older who live in Alameda County are eligible to get vaccinated.

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 12 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 12 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

In San Mateo County, individuals age 12 and older who live or work in San Mateo County are eligible to be vaccinated.

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.
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 12 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 12 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.