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UCSF Offers Updated COVID-19 Boosters

Dear UCSF Community,

I write with good news that the updated COVID-19 booster shots, recently authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use, are now available at UCSF.

The new booster shots from Moderna and Pfizer are the first updated boosters since the initial vaccines were introduced in late 2020. This bivalent booster is specifically formulated to protect against infection from the two most prevalent Omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5 and contains the components of the original booster shots.

As the virus changes and your immunity naturally decreases over time, you may lose some protection from previous COVID-19 vaccines. Getting the latest booster shot will help increase your protection against severe COVID-19 disease, slow transmission of the virus and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging in our community. Here’s what you should know:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccination to protect against severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

Booster Eligibility

  • To be eligible for the new booster shots, you must have completed your primary vaccination series — and be at least two months out from your last dose of any COVID vaccine, according to the CDC. If you’ve recently had COVID-19, you should be fully recovered before getting your updated booster shot.
  • Details about where to get the new booster shots at UCSF and eligibility criteria are on the UCSF Health website

Schedule and Report a Booster Shot

  • Those eligible for a booster shot can schedule an appointment at UCSF by using MyChart or calling (415) 476-3307. You do not need to be a UCSF Health patient.
  • UCSF Fresno employees eligible for an updated COVID-19 booster shot can get one at UCSF Fresno's Mobile COVID-19 Equity Project at 550 E. Shaw Ave. More information is available at www.fresno.ucsf.edu/cep
  • To schedule an appointment outside UCSF, please visit your pharmacy’s website, your county’s vaccine website, California’s My Turn, or the national vaccines.gov site.
  • If you get a booster shot outside UCSF, please upload proof of that record to the Occupational Health Services portal (UCSF MyAccess is required.) Those who cannot connect to VPN should send the document to [email protected]
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Oakland employees should upload their booster documentation to [email protected]

As we head into fall and start spending more time indoors, I strongly encourage anyone who is eligible to get an updated booster shot to protect their health and that of patients and communities we serve.

Sincerely,

Josh Adler
Chief Clinical Officer
UCSF Health