Information and Guidance
Vaccine Resources for People Under 18
COVID-19 Vaccine for Children
- 2021 Recommended Vaccinations for Children (7-18 Years Old) Parent-Friendly Version
- Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Overview and Safety
Why is it important for children to get vaccinated now?
- Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
- COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens
- Frequently Asked Questions
Life After Vaccination
- Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination
- How to Protect Yourself & Others
- When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated
COVID-19 Symptoms in Children
Considerations for Underlying Health Conditions
How to Get Vaccinated
Minor Consent to Vaccination
- COVID-19 Vaccines – Appendix C: Ingredients included in COVID-19 vaccines
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Overview and Safety
- Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
- Frequently Asked Questions about v-safe
- Selected Adverse Events Reported after COVID-19 Vaccination
General Vaccine Resources
The following resources are prepared for patients and the general public on the COVID-19 Vaccine. For more information about local COVID-19 vaccine efforts, visit https://sf.gov/information/about-covid-19-vaccines
Center for Disease Control FAQ. Available in Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean. Other languages available through google translate.
California Department of Public Health FAQ. Google translate available.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health FAQ, with Printable Version. Available in Chinese, Spanish and Tagalog. See link for other languages.
Center for Disease Control, Handout: What to Expect After Getting The Vaccine. Available in Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean. Other languages available through google translate.
FDA, Handout: Pfizer Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers. Available in Chinese, Spanish and Tagalog. See link for other languages.
FDA, Handout: Moderna Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers. Available in Chinese, Spanish and Tagalog. See link for other languages.
CDC, Pregnancy and Vaccination
SF Health Officer Order
- Health Order Number C19-07 Safer Return Together (SFDPH)
Safer Social Interactions Guidance
- SFDPH Core Guidance
- Guidance for Organizing Large Events and Gatherings (CDC)
- Guidance for Holiday Celebrations and Gatherings (CDC)
- Indoor Risk During the COVID-19 Pandemic (SFDPH, Updated 3/22/2021) [Spanish] [Chinese] [Tagalog]
- COVID-19 Sexual Health Tips (SFDPH, Updated 3/25/2021) [Chinese] [Spanish] [Tagalog]
Who is at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19? Which groups need to take extra precautions?
- People at increased risk: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html
- Medical conditions that increase risk: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html
For more information on vaccinated individuals during the pandemic:
- When you have been fully vaccinated
- Interim public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people
Safer Holiday Celebrations During the COVID-19 Pandemic (SFDPH, Retired 7/20/21) Tips and Frequently Asked Questions for Gatherings (SFDPH, Retired 6/1/2021)
Isolation and Quarantine Guidance (SFDPH, 8/17/21)
- Home Isolation and Quarantine Instructions: What to do when you must stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (SFDPH, 9/10/21)
- (FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS) Home Quarantine Instructions for Under 18 – What to do if your child had close contact with someone with COVID-19 (SFDPH, 10/12/21) [Chinese] [Spanish] [Tagalog] [Vietnamese] [Russian] [Arabic]
- Return to work letter (SFDPH)
- CDC Isolation and Quarantine Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated Individuals (CDC)
- California Department of Public Health guidance on testing
- California Department of Public Health guidance for fully vaccinated individuals
- CDC guidance on what to do when you are sick (Also has printout in Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese)
The following have been consolidated into the SFDPH Isolation and Quarantine Webpage.
Home Isolation and Quarantine Instructions (SFDPH, Retired 7/30/21)
nterim Guidance: Ending Isolation or Returning to Work for Those Who Have Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 (SFDPH,Retired 7/28/21) Guidance on Quarantine Duration for Close Contacts of COVID-19 Cases (SFDPH,Retired 7/28/21) Frequently Asked Questions for Workers Who Must Isolate or Quarantine Due to COVID-19 (SFDPH,Retired 7/28/21) (BOOKLET VERSION) Caring for yourself and others during COVID-19: Testing, Isolation and Quarantine (SFDPHRetired 7/30/21)
- For Ventilation Guidance, see CDPH Interim Guidance for Ventilation, Filtration, and Air Quality in Indoor Environments
FAQs: General Ventilation (SFDPH,Retired 10/8/21) Ventilation for Non-Healthcare Organizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic (SFDPH,Retired 10/8/21) FAQs: Room Air Exchange Rates (“Air Changes per Hour (ACH)”) (SFDPH, Retired 10/8/21) Interim Guidance: Ventilation During the COVID-19 Pandemic (SFDPH, Retired 10/8/21) FAQs: Portable Air Cleaners (SFDPH, Retired 10/8/21)
Facility and/or Business Cleaning Recommendations
Household Cleaning Recommendations
For PPE recommendations for healthcare workers, see www.sfcdcp.org/hcpPPE
- FAQs: Best Practices for Masking Compliance (SFDPH 7/30/21) [Chinese] [Spanish] [Tagalog]
- Respirator Medical Evaluations and N95 Fit Testing Resources (Updated 1/21/2021)
- CDC Guide to Masks (CDC)
Should I “double-mask” (i.e., wear one mask on top of another)?
- Double masking is not always better than single masking especially if you have a very high quality, effective single mask or N95 respirator. Double masking might be more protective than single masking, especially when the top mask helps the bottom mask fit more snugly around your face without gaps. Using two masks made from different materials might also provide improved protection because one mask may capture particles the other doesn’t and vice versa. However, a double mask could become uncomfortable and cause the wearer to remove the masks more frequently, which would be far worse than consistently wearing one mask. The best mask is a mask you will wear consistently. Read more at www.sfcdcp.org/doublemask.
Should the general public wear an N95 respirator?
Properly fitted N95 respirators (sometimes called N95 masks or N95s) offer additional protection from the COVID-19 virus which can get past other types of face coverings. Some occupations have regulations that require the use of N95 respirators given the risks involved in the work (e.g., healthcare workers). Even if your occupation doesn’t require or have a standard to use N95 respirators, you may want to consider using an N95 respirator for extra protection especially if you are unvaccinated for COVID-19 AND:
- Are at higher risk of severe illness if you get COVID-19 due to age or underlying medical conditions (see sfcdcp.org/vulnerable)
- Must be in higher-risk situations where you can’t practice ideal safety precautions such as if you must be indoors and can’t maintain 6 feet distance or you must be indoors around people who are unmasked. Examples include:
- Being indoors around unmasked individuals (e.g., dining, personal services where masks are removed, public transit, etc.)
- Entering indoor settings where people have been unmasked (e.g., dining, hotel room service, janitors, personal services, etc.)
- Being indoors with exposure to a high volume of masked people throughout the day (high volume grocery store workers, high volume retail workers, transit operators)
- Being outdoors around unmasked individuals and at least 6 feet of distance is not maintained (e.g., outdoor dining, personal services where masks are removed, etc.)
- Must be in a higher risk situation such as being indoors with someone who has COVID-19 or was a close contact of someone with COVID-19
Please be aware that to work effectively to prevent COVID-19, NIOSH-certified N95 masks should be tightly fitted around your face. An N95 mask is not for everyone, is not designed for children, and will increase the work of breathing, which may make it difficult to wear for long periods of time. If you feel worse wearing an N95 mask, do not wear one. For more information on how to properly and safely wear N95 respirators, see Tip Sheet: Safety Information Regarding Voluntary Use of N95 Respirators
Should the general public wear eye protection (e.g., face shield, goggles) to protect themselves from COVID-19?
There is currently no recommendation that the general public wears eye protection for most day to day activities. However, your eyes can theoretically be a route of infection for COVID-19, possibly through close contact to an infected person who is not wearing a mask, when they cough, sneeze, or laugh. You can also be exposed by touching your eyes with your hands if they have been contaminated with COVID-19. A face shield or goggles (but not regular glasses) could provide protection against these types of exposures. Therefore, individuals, particularly those at high risk of exposure or serious disease from COVID, may decide to wear eye protection in addition to masking, as an extra layer of protection against acquiring COVID-19 infection.
Please note that the documents below are intended for City-operated facilities.
- Interim Framework for PPE Use by City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) Environmental Services (EVS) Employees, and EVS Contractors (Custodians), Working in Facility Cleaning Areas Where Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Patients and Clients Are Currently Treated, Housed, or Temporarily Relocated Given Current PPE Shortages (SFDPH, 6/16/2020) [Chinese] [Spanish] [Tagalog]
- Interim Framework for PPE Use by City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) Inspectors and Contractors Conducting Field Site Visits Given Current PPE Shortages (SFDPH, 6/10/2020)
- Interim Framework During the COVID-19 Pandemic for PPE Use by City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) Disaster Service Workers and Contractors Working in Settings with Significant Commingling of Individuals with Varying COVID-19 Status (SFDPH, 5/23/2020)
Update on Masking: When and How to Use Higher Quality Masks (SFDPH,Retired 9/17/21) Tip Sheet: Safety Information Regarding Voluntary Use of N95 Respirators (SFDPH,Retired 9/17/21)
- CDC – Breastfeeding and Caring for Newborns
- CDC – Pregnancy and Vaccination
- CDC- Pregnant People and increased risk
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – Coronavirus (COVID-19), Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding: A Message for Patients
- American Academy of Pediatricians – Tips for Coping with a New Baby During COVID-19
- Coping with Relationship Stress During COVID-19 (SFDPH, 5/19/2020) [Chinese] [Spanish] [Vietnamese]
- Print Resources from CDC (some are highlighted below):
- Infographic Poster – COVID-19 Stop the Spread of Germs [Simplified Chinese] [Spanish]
- Frequently Asked Questions and Answers from CDC [Simplified Chinese] [Spanish]
- CDC COVID-19 Fact Sheet [Simplified Chinese] [Spanish]
- CDC What to do if you are Sick with COVID-19
- CDC Infographic: COVID-19 Symptoms [Simplified Chinese]