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The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

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The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

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Residents 75 and over, health care workers in next phase of City vaccinations

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, January 20, 2021) - With vaccine doses still limited nationwide, Berkeley Public Health is looking to vaccinate residents 75 and over as well as healthcare workers in the city who have not been able to get vaccinations through their health provider or workplace.

Those interested can sign up on a notification list, which will be used to prioritize vaccinations through the City of Berkeley or one of several community partners. People who are not part of a group currently being vaccinated can sign up to be notified when eligibility expands, or when appointments become broadly available. 

Sign up for the City of Berkeley Vaccine Interest List.

These vaccinations administered by the City align with state guidelines, which prioritize those most at risk of infection or serious COVID-19 illness. While national vaccine supply is low, the City's vaccinations also fill in gaps and identify many not vaccinated by health care providers or medical workplaces.

Those with a medical provider, such as Kaiser or Sutter Health, should sign up with them.

Vaccines are being distributed through multiple channels

People at high-risk of infection or serious illness have been getting vaccines through multiple channels. 

  • Hospital systems, such as the Berkeley campus of the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, get vaccines directly from the state to administer to staff and patients. 
  • A federal program using CVS/Walgreens vaccinates residents of participating skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and similar congregate  care settings for older or medically vulnerable individuals  
  • University Health Services, the health service for UC Berkeley, operates across multiple jurisdictions and administers its own limited supply. 
  • Many health care workers who live or work in the City are vaccinated through their employer.
  • Most people with health care are expected to get vaccinated through their medical provider.

Large health care providers, such as Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health, receive their own supply of vaccine from the state and are beginning to schedule appointments for members 75 or older:

  • Sutter Health patients who are healthcare workers or age 75 and older can schedule appointments through their website or by calling (844) 987-6115.
  • Kaiser Permanente has stated they will contact members who are 75 or older directly when appointments are available. Kaiser Permanente members who are health care workers, emergency medical service providers, or long term care patients can schedule an e-visit to request a vaccine appointment.

Everyone will get the vaccine eventually, but it will take time.

These highly effective vaccines are free to all. As federal supplies eventually increase, COVID-19 vaccines will also be available to all.

Berkeley Public Health has thus far requested the maximum. Of the 1,100 doses received by the City, 1,013 -- or 92 percent -- have been administered using re-assigned City staff across all City departments.

The current two vaccines -- Moderna and Pfizer - are for adults and each require two doses to have roughly 95 percent efficacy.

All tools needed to end the pandemic

Each vaccination helps build up our resilience to the virus, even as it still kills thousands across the nation.

The vaccine is not a panacea. We need to use all the tools the CDC has identified to fight this pandemic. We all - even those who are vaccinated - need to wear masks and avoid gatherings. Many people remain vulnerable.

Each time someone wears a mask, avoids a gathering, keeps distance from other households or gets a vaccine, they help protect our community.

Learn from your health care provider how they are scheduling vaccinations. If you would like to receive information from the City of Berkeley as eligibility expands or appointments become available, sign up for our notification list.



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