San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has decided to expand its on-site COVID-19 vaccination clinic to allow passengers and the public to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. After the SFO originally set up the clinic to have all airport employees vaccinated against the deadly virus, it made a statement on Friday that they would open it up to everyone.
SFO offers the public COVID-19 vaccinations. Photo: Getty Images
The statement said that arriving and departing international and domestic passengers, as well as the general public, are invited to schedule an appointment online to receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. After receiving the first dose of vaccine, you will be given a date and time three weeks (21 days) later to return to the clinic for the second dose.
When can I get vaccinated?
The SFO vaccination clinic will be open for three days from Tuesday, May 11, 2021:
- Tuesday, May 11th, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 12th, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Thursday, May 13th, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where is the SFO vaccination clinic located?
#SFO offers everyone free COVID-19 vaccinations on site!
✅ Everyone aged 16 and over is eligible
✅ Vaccines are free, no insurance required
✅ Location in the international terminal
✅ Appointments are required
➡️ More information: https://t.co/JTX1B6NGMH pic.twitter.com/50LgramZJ7
– San Francisco International Airport (SFO) @ (@flySFO) May 8, 2021
The COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at San Francisco International Airport is located in Edwin M. Lee’s International Departure Lounge between Aisles 6 and 7. If you are arriving at SFO by car, we recommend that you park your vehicle in the A or International Garages to park G. Parking is free. However, you will need to bring your parking ticket to the vaccination clinic to have it validated.
How to book an appointment
The SFO COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is a partnership between SFO and the American supermarket / pharmacy chain Safeway and is available to everyone aged 16 and over.
Who can book an appointment?
- General public
- Departing and arriving passengers at home and abroad
- Airport workers including taxi, limo, Uber, and Lyft drivers
SFO and Safeway offer people the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: SFO
The Pfizer vaccine is currently approved for use in people aged 16 and over. If the FDA approves Pfizer vaccination for 12 to 15 years, that group will be accepted as well.
COVID-19 (coronavirus) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus that humans have not seen before. Most people who become infected with the virus develop mild to moderate respiratory disease that do not require hospitalization. However, older adults and people with underlying health problems are at risk of serious illness that leads to death.
COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and it spreads between people in a number of ways. However, it is mainly transmitted when a person infected with the virus coughs or sneezes. COVID-19 can also live on hard surfaces for up to 72 hours. Therefore, it is important that you wash your hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
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What are the benefits of vaccination?
There are many people out there who for one reason or another do not want to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Below is a list of the benefits of vaccination:
- If you get vaccinated you cannot contract COVID-19, become seriously ill or die from COVID-19
- If you are vaccinated you cannot pass the virus on to other people
- Vaccination stops the virus from spreading and increases herd immunity
- Vaccination prevents the virus from mutating into a variant that may be more resistant to vaccines
If you get vaccinated, the virus can no longer mutate. Photo: Getty Images
If you live in the Bay Area or are going through SFO on vaccination dates and have not yet received your first dose of vaccine, make an appointment and help us put this terrible pandemic in the review mirror.
If you have been or would like to be vaccinated at SFO, please let us know in the comments.