COVID Vax Update

COVID Vax Update

The Alameda County Health Care Services Agency (ACHCSA) announced Alameda County residents 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination shot.

The ACHCSA announced the update Monday, April 12 on its Twitter page. Residents 16 to 17 years old can only receive the Pfizer vaccination, while residents 18 years and older can receive the Moderna vaccine.

Residents may visit the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) website, www.myturn.ca.gov, to schedule an appointment. However, as of Tuesday, April 13, the site lists no appointment availability in the seven locations in or near Alameda. The seven locations are the three Alameda Safeway stores. (2227 South Shore Center, 2600 Fifth St. and 867 Island Dr.); three Oakland Safeway’s (3550 Fruitvale Ave., 5100 Broadway and 6310 College Ave.); and the Pak N Save at 3889 San Pablo Ave. in Emeryville. In fact, of the 25 locations within a 15-mile radius of Alameda listed on the Myturn website, only one location, a San Francisco Safeway at 730 Taraval Street, has limited availability.

A call operator at the CDPH said appointment availability on the Myturn website fills fast, but appointment availability is updated regularly. The operator said residents should visit the site daily.

Residents can sign up for an appointment on vaccinefinder.org. On the website, it shows the Walgreens at 2300 Otis Drive has the Pfizer vaccine in stock, while the CVS at 2314 Santa Clara Ave. has the Moderna vaccine available, as of Tuesday, April 13. Vaccine availability is subject to change.

In ACHCSA’s April 12 Twitter post, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is an available option for residents 18 years and older. However, on April 13 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that the United States pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after six cases of a severe type of blood clot were diagnosed in individuals after receiving the vaccine.

“We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution,” stated the FDA in a Twitter post.

The FDA stated 6.8 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been administered. A pharmacist at the Safeway on Island Drive said the company was not administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as of last Tuesday, April 13.

For updated Alameda County COVID-19 information, visit www.covid-19.acgov.org.