COVID-19 vaccinations available for Berkeley residents older than 65

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Berkeley and Alameda County residents older than 65 can sign up online for a first-dose COVID-19 vaccination, with appointments available Feb. 11 and Feb. 13. While residents will have to prove their eligibility status, all vaccines will be free.

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The city of Berkeley is coordinating 2,000 COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Berkeley and Alameda County residents ages 65 and older.

Residents can sign up online for a drive-through vaccination appointment on Buchanan Street for either Feb. 11 or Feb. 13, according to a city of Berkeley press release. The limited set of first-dose vaccinations target a population significantly more vulnerable to COVID-19 related hospitalization and death.

Residents can expect to receive an email to schedule the second dose two weeks after receiving their first dose, according to the press release.

“These City-coordinated vaccinations are just one of several ways people can get vaccines, though national supply remains severely constrained,” the press release reads. “Everyone should sign up wherever they can, especially with their health care provider but also with City, County and state notification lists.”

Vaccines are free to all residents, but those with insurance will need to upload photographs of the front and back of the card, according to the press release. The sign-up form will also ask for demographic information to confirm appointment eligibility. It will not ask about immigration status.

Residents who require transportation assistance can call Easy Does It Emergency Services to schedule a ride for a $15 fee.

Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health also received vaccines through the state and are beginning to offer appointments for members older than 75 years of age.

“Everyone – even those who are vaccinated – need to wear masks and avoid gatherings. Many people remain vulnerable,” the press release states. “Each time someone wears a mask, avoids a gathering, keeps distance from other households or gets a vaccine, they help protect our community.”

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Maria Young is a deputy news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @maria_myoung.