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[September 23, 2022] Novavax Nuvaxovid Vaccination in San Francisco Experiences

I just got vaccinated with Novavax Nuvaxovid (original, not bivalent) shot #1 in San Francisco at UCSF Laurel Heights medical center yesterday (September 23), and thought I would post about my experiences, since perhaps someone might find this to be useful. A lot of the information I found on the web is incorrect or outdated, and some of this information doesn't seem to be posted anywhere else.


I highly recommend UCSF as a vaccination site. Masks are required, it was a drive-through experience, everything was very smoothly run, but you should make an appointment online and ask for Novavax explicitly.

For other vaccination locations, check or and call to confirm availability.

Confirmed Novavax Vaccination Sites:

By Online Appointment - Confirmed Available By Phone

- UCSF Mission Bay (3333 California St): (415) 476-3307

- UCSF Laurel Heights (601 16th St): (415) 476-3307

For the UCSF sites, you need to ask for Novavax specifically, even some of the staff don't know that it is available.

They have walk-in appointments, but you can schedule an appointment using MyChart as well. I scheduled by calling their phone number: (415) 476-3307

By Appointment - Unknown Availability

Safeway Pharmacy

By Appointment

- South Of Market Health Center (229 7th St): (415) 503-6000 ext 0

- Kaiser Pharmacy 2675 Geary Blvd: (866) 454-8855

- [FAR] Safeway: The nearest sites with Novavax according to their website are:

  • Walnut Creek, CA (600 South Broadway)

  • Danville, CA, (3496 Camino Tassajara Road)

  • Palo Alto, CA (2811 Middlefield Rd)

  • Petaluma, CA (389 S. McDowell Blvd)

  • Napa, CA (3375 Jefferson Street)

  • Santa Clara, CA (3970 Rivermark Plaza)

- [FAR] Sutter Health: the nearest location with Novavax in stock is Santa Rosa in Marin County. (844) 987-6115 and

By Online Appointment - Confirmed Not In Stock By Phone

- Costco 450 10th Street (currently not in stock but they expect a new shipment next week):

Not Available to General Public - Confirmed By Phone

- North East Medical Service Stockton Clinic (1520 Stockton St): Called their phone number at (415) 391-9686, they have Novavax in stock, but you need to be an NEMS member to make an appointment.

Drop-In lists the following Public Health sites:

- Southeast Health Center 2401 Keith Street Tues-Sat from 9am-5pm (drop-in)

- 1099 Sunnydale Ave Mondays 9:30-4:30 pm (drop-in)

- Ella Hill Hutch, 1181 Golden Gate, Weds and Sat, 10am to 5:30pm (drop-in)

- I.T. Bookman Center, 446 Randolph Street, Fridays 9am to 4pm and 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month 10am to 2:30pm (drop-in)

These are all drop-in, you might need to wait in line if you go during a peak hour (weekends or evenings).

SF General Hospital: Building 30 (1001 Potrero Ave) has all US-manufactured vaccines, however their website states: "The San Francisco Health Network ONLY provides first doses of COVID19 vaccine through Myturn and ONLY provides Pfizer vaccine for those scheduling through Myturn."

I called and they do have Novavax, however it is only available for walk-in and not online-scheduled appointments and there can be a 1 to 1.5 hour wait.


I used this map: and then called on September 23 to confirm availability. The California Department of Public Health's MyTurn website also has a list of vaccination sites, but in SF many of these incorrectly neglect to list that Novavax is available.

There is also this crowdsourced website which I later found out about:

Novavax Vaccination Experiences at UCSF Laurel Heights

I scheduled an appointment through MyChart, they require you to fill out a few forms and waivers online. If you make an appointment, you need to print out a barcode and waiver confirmed OK form before you go. Enter at the California St and Walnut St. entrance. There are signs posted telling you to turn left for vaccination, turn right at the fork for Covid testing (so the vaccination site is separate from the potentially Covid-positive folks, hurray). Masks are required.

You need to ask for Novavax specifically (the nurse I talked with only asked if I wanted Pfizer or Moderna, it seems like even she didn't know about Novavax). It's a drive-through experience, you don't even need to get out of your car. The shot was quite smooth, they ask you which arm you want it in, roll down the window, get the shot and then drive away. CDC no longer requires you to wait at the vaccination site afterwards. But I parked outside on one of the side streets off Walnut Street and waited 30 minutes just in case I had any allergic symptoms.

Post-Vaccination Experiences

Basically had some low to mild pain where they injected the shot for about 5 to 15 minutes afterwards, no big deal. And then I was perfectly fine for an hour. I took a nap, woke up with a minor headache which went away after around 2 hours. Felt perfectly fine the next day. Recommend getting the shot if you are still undecided or on the line.

You might want to avoid strenuous exercise for about 3-4 weeks afterward to reduce the risk of Myocarditis and Pericarditis (this risk seems to exist for Novavax as well):

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask below.

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I don't think Novavax bivalent is available anywhere yet outside of a clinical trial.

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Op · 2 mo. ago

That's correct, I got the first dose (non-bivalent).

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· 2 mo. ago · edited 2 mo. ago

Kaiser is impossible now.. I got my first shot w/ them and now it's not possible to schedule my 2nd. Thank you for posting the info I'll check elsewhere. A lot of their staff don't even know about this vaccine or it's availability.

Update: Just called Costco pharmacy too, they do not have it. Crazy...

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Op · 2 mo. ago · edited 2 mo. ago

UCSF Mission Creek and Laurel Heights seemed to have lots of Novavax shots and you can schedule an appointment (but be sure to ask explicitly for Novavax). I liked Laurel Heights since it's a drive-through experience.

Safeway in Walnut Creek or Palo Alto might be other options if you are ok with driving or taking BART/Caltrain 20 miles there and back.


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