April 16 2021

We've opened over 2,000 first-dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments for next week at Berkeley Public Health's mass vaccination site, located at the foot of Buchanan Street in Albany.

Everyone over the age of 16 who lives or works in Alameda County is eligible. 16 and 17 year olds need parental consent to receive the vaccine, and must be accompanied to the vaccination site by a parent or guardian.

To book your spot:

  1. Complete the eligibility information on the MyTurn homepage. This will bring you to a new page listing available appointments at several nearby locations.
  2. Scroll down to the "More Options" section and select "Buchanan St. Parking Lot (next to Albany Bulb)."
  3. After scheduling, you will receive a confirmation email with the date and time of your appointment. We 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.

Scroll down for more information about sign-up assistance, parental accompaniment requirements for 16 & 17 year olds, and transportation assistance for senior or disabled residents. 

More appointments are available through Curative today. Please sign up below. If you have not been vaccinated, sign up for notification lists. 

More ways to find vaccine appointments

As of April 15, everyone 16 and older is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine statewide. Please be aware that vaccine supply remains limited, and it will take time for everyone to get vaccinated.

These appointments may fill up quickly. If you don't get an appointment immediately, please know that more vaccines will continue to come and everyone throughout our community will get an opportunity to get vaccinated.

Once the Buchanan St. spots are full, try looking for appointments through:

  • MyTurn.ca.gov: Use MyTurn to book appointments at many vaccination sites across the region, including the Oakland Coliseum, which is open to everyone who lives or works in Alameda County. 
  • Your health care provider: Review vaccine information on your provider's website. Kaiser PermanenteSutter HealthStanford Health Care.
  • Local pharmacies: You may be able to secure an appointment directly through a pharmacy near you. See vaccine information from: CVSRite AidSafeway, and Walgreens.

Buchanan St. vaccination site: Sign-up help, documentation requirements, and transportation assistance

Sign-up assistance

For technical support or assistance scheduling your appointment, call Curative, Inc. at 888-702-9042.

Second doses

Curative staff will assist you with scheduling your second dose appointment after you receive your shot, while you are waiting in the post-vaccination holding area.

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.

Parental consent & accompaniment for 16 & 17-year olds

Parents and guardians of 16- and 17-year-olds living in Alameda County will need to accompany their children to their appointment. Parents or guardians as well as the teens receiving the vaccine will need to bring identification with a birthdate to the site.

Transport option for Berkeley seniors, disabled

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.

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

Healthy Streets Update - Hillegass Ave. 

I’m happy to report that Hillegass Ave. between Woolsey and Dwight is now a designated ‘Healthy Street.’ Healthy Streets is a public health emergency response program that creates more opportunity for Berkeleyans to safely get exercise, sunshine, and fresh air during the pandemic. 

Using Healthy Streets

Healthy Streets will be marked with barriers and signs at block entrances, along with signs midblock reminding people to slow down, social distance, and cover their nose and mouth. 

Healthy Streets is about everyone sharing the road. We ask everyone traveling on a Healthy Street to be courteous to others and stay aware of the environment for their safety.

When using Healthy Streets, please:

  • stay 6 feet away from people you don't live with
  • cover your face
  • share the road
  • observe a 15mph speed limit
  • watch for pedestrians, bikes, and cars
  • pass with care
  • if you're moving slowly, let others pass

You can see a complete map Healthy Streets and provide program feedback here.

Sincerely,
Lori Droste
Berkeley Vice Mayor

www.LoriDroste.com

 

Want to request a City service? 

Use Berkeley's online 311 form (either through the General Request form or a specific topic) or call 311 from a landline, or 510-981-2489.  Please note that my office routes all the service requests we receive through this customer service center, so your request will be handled most efficiently by directly contacting 311. 

Sign up for emergency notifications on AC Alert  and crime prevention/updates on Nixle.  


AC Transit Talks Start April 26

Join us for “Transit Talks” – our new and interactive approach for community engagement.

What is “Transit Talks”?

Transit Talks is a series of virtual community gatherings featuring AC Transit Board Directors and staff. The purpose of these meetings is to provide community updates on bus service, health & safety initiatives, and projects.

When are the meetings?

We’re kicking off Transit Talks on 4/26/21 and running through 5/13/21, which can be attended via web, livestream, or dial-in.  For community specific details, visit  actransit.org/talks or call Transit Talks Information Lines:

  •       510-891-7205 for English
  •       510-891-7210 for Spanish
  •       510-891-7286 for Chinese

We look forward to your participation.