March 22 2021

COVID-19 Updates - Appointments Available for March 23-27

Sign up quickly for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment March 23-27 if you are a Berkeley or Alameda County resident who is at least 65 years old, have a state-defined underlying health condition, or live or work in Alameda County and are at increased risk of exposure in one of the following sectors:

  • public transit workers, including airport and commercial airlines
  • education and childcare
  • emergency services
  • food and agriculture, including restaurants, grocery, convenience stores

Those who fit into one of these groups can now register for an appointment at a vaccination site at the foot of Buchanan Street in Albany:

These appointments align with state guidelines, which you can examine for further detail.  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.

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. 

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

People with certain underlying health conditions eligible

Those who have certain underlying health conditions that put them at highest risk for serious COVID-19 illness qualify for vaccination at state-run sites as well as the City of Berkeley site. 

People with these conditions are strongly encouraged to seek vaccination with a primary health care provider or system, or in an alternate clinical setting. Check first with your usual health care provider.

  • Cancer, current with weakened immune system
  • Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
  • Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent
  • Down syndrome
  • Solid organ transplant, leading to a weakened immune system
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (but not hypertension)
  • Severe obesity (Body Mass Index ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%

Learn how to upload your medical ID, how to verify your employment, and learn about transportation assistance for seniors here

As case rate dips, assess and manage risk as new open activities open

City rules align with state restrictions for “red tier.” You can learn more about what that means for Berkeley here.

Zoning Update

On March 25, 2021 Council will be discussing equitable zoning reform as part of the City's Housing Element update. Berkeley is required to zone for approximately 9,000 units and we want to begin the state-mandated required community input process earlier than usual before late 2022 adoption. Any major zoning revisions go through a variety of analyses, including a public safety assessment. Find the full agenda and participation link here

  • Read the item I authored with Mayor Arreguín, Councilmember Kesarwani, and Councilmember Taplin here.
  • Do you have questions? FAQs regarding this proposal are here

This is an action item to follow up on Council's commitment to end exclusionary zoning by 2022, which we passed unanimously. Read the Resolution

Elmwood Theater Reopening Survey - Please Participate

Rialto Cinemas is taking time to make a plan to re-open when they are able to safely do so. They want to hear from you! Please take a moment to complete the Re-Opening Survey and share your thoughts and feelings about coming back to the movies. 

Sincerely,
Lori Droste
Berkeley Vice Mayor

www.LoriDroste.com

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