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Emeryville residents who are at least 75 years of age can sign up for one of a limited set of drive-through COVID-19 vaccination appointments starting on Friday February 5. These vaccinations, which are being coordinated by the City of Berkeley at a site in Albany, align with state guidelines and target the ages most vulnerable to hospitalization and death as a result of COVID-19 disease. These appointment-only vaccinations are available for people seeking their first dose. Curative Inc., the vendor, will add those with appointments into their notification system for second appointments.
The vaccinations will take place February 5 through 8 at the Albany site, which is at the foot of Buchanan Street near the Albany Bulb. Make your appointments online.
This form will ask you for basic demographic information to confirm your eligibility for an appointment. You will receive a confirmation email with the date and time of your appointment.
The limited national supply means that it will take many months for vaccines to reach the general population. No matter what your age, you can prepare by understanding what your health care provider's process is and signing up for notification lists based on your eligibility.
Large health care providers, such as Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health, receive their own limited supply of vaccine through the state and are beginning to schedule appointments for members 75 or older:
The limited supply of vaccines is also being distributed through other channels, such as a federal program for long-term care facilities and the health service for UC Berkeley. 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.
These safe, highly effective vaccines are free to the public. As federal supplies eventually increase, COVID-19 vaccines will also be available to all. The two currently approved vaccines -- Moderna and Pfizer - are for adults and each require two doses to have roughly 95 percent efficacy.
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. Everyone - 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.