Berkeley extends vaccine eligibility to public transit workers

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The city of Berkeley announced the availability of COVID-19 vaccination appointments for those who work in the public transit sector.

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On Friday, the city of Berkeley announced the availability of COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Berkeley or Alameda County residents who are at least 65 years old, have an underlying health condition as defined by the state or currently face an increased risk of exposure in certain work sectors.

Those who work in public transit, education and childcare, emergency services or food and agriculture are eligible for the vaccine, according to a city press release. The public transit sector includes those who work at airports and commercial airlines, and the food and agriculture sector includes those who work at restaurants, grocery stores and convenience stores.

The addition of public transit workers follows the state and city’s efforts to accelerate the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

Vaccination appointments are available from March 23 to March 27 at the vaccination site at “the foot of Buchanan Street in Albany,” according to the press release. Individuals who make an appointment will be required to provide identification at the site. Immigration status will not be asked for, the press released added.

The press release also noted that vaccines are free for everyone and medical insurance is not required to receive a vaccine. However, those with medical insurance will be asked to provide insurance information.

Additionally, Berkeley residents who need assistance with getting to the site can call Easy Does It Emergency Services to schedule transportation to appointments for a fee of $15.

Other vaccination sites in Alameda County include the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, CVS, Rite-Aid and Walgreens pharmacies. These pharmacies are currently scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers and those who are 65 years old and older.

“Check availability and schedule appointments for the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum at myturn.ca.gov or by calling 1-833-422-4255,” the press release states. “Keep in mind that supplies are limited and wait times may be long.”

Thao Nguyen is the city news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @tnguyen_dc.