Get vaccinated, take good care of yourself and the community and help us prevent the spread of COVID-19!
- What vaccinated people can do
- Guidance for people not yet vaccinated
- What COVID-19 symptoms feel like
- Where to get tested and care
Check out this COVID risk calculator to figure out the risk level for your situation.
What fully vaccinated people can do (2 weeks after completing all doses)
On July 16 the Bay Area Health Officers, including Alameda and Contra Costa Counties recommended for everyone to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status due to rising case rates. Masking is also recommended for everyone in crowded outdoor settings.
Masks are required for unvaccinated people in indoor public settings and for everyone on public transport, schools, childcare, healthcare, correctional and shelter settings. Our updated infographics below are based on the updated Bay Area guidance, California guidance and CDC guidance.
CDC travel guidance for fully vaccinated people:
- If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
- If you travel internationally, find out the pandemic situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States and requirements for testing.
- Fully vaccinated people do *not* need to self-quarantine after arriving in the US or after exposure to COVID-19 unless you live in a large group setting.
- The good news is that fully vaccinated people are very well protected against serious COVID-19 and infection risk is low.
- Do you work in a healthcare setting? Let your supervisor know and follow workplace guidelines.
- Are you experiencing any symptoms?
- If you don’t have any symptoms and are not in a healthcare setting or congregate living situation, you don’t have to quarantine. Just watch for symptoms for 14 days after your last exposure.
- If you have symptoms or develop them, self-isolate and let your health care provider know about your symptoms, that you’re vaccinated and get tested (ideally PCR and sequencing to evaluate for variants with report to public health).
- If you live in a congregate setting (e.g., correctional and detention facilities, group homes) you should quarantine for 14 days and get tested to help further reduce the risk of transmission to others in these crowded settings.
- If you work in a congregate setting or crowded workplace (e.g., meat and poultry processing and manufacturing plants), you do not need to quarantine, but testing is recommended.
When fully vaccinated people should get tested for COVID-19:
- When experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- When you live or work in a congregate or crowded setting and have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Click for more from the CDC: general guidance, travel guidance and the scientific brief. Click here for our harm reduction guidance and graphics.
Guidance for people who are not yet vaccinated
For people who are not yet vaccinated or immunocompromised, the safest way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is stay home when possible and wear a mask in public. If you gather in person, keep it:
- outside with open air flow
- small with people from no more than 3 households
- short: no more than 2 hours, and
- stable: avoid multiple gatherings with many different households.
- Wear a mask or face covering!
People who are not yet vaccinated and older than 60, with lower CD4 counts, with heart or lung conditions, and people living with HIV who are not on antiretroviral treatment are also advised to:
- Create a plan for getting your clinical care by phone or video.
- Get the maximum refills of antiretrovirals and other medications you can safely store and track.
- Avoid non-essential travel.
- Stay away from people who are sick or at least limit contact.
- Have 2 weeks of food and other household necessities on hand when possible.
Self-care and wellness
UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center has science-based practices and activities for self-care and managing anxiety and stress during the coronavirus outbreak.
Please see below for the Trauma Stewardship Institute’s Tiny Survival Guide infographic.
If you feel sick:
Call your provider before going to the clinic to get up-to-date instructions. Most clinics are now providing assessments, consults and guidance over the phone or via video chats.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, go to your nearest emergency room if unstable, or if stable, please call your provider to get instructions so you can be routed to the appropriate health facility.
COVID-19 symptom chart from Alameda Health Consortium:
If you want/need COVID-19 testing:
- Rapid COVID-19 antigen home tests are now available: The BinaxNow antigen home self-test, retailing at 2 tests for $23.99 is now sold at pharmacies (CVS, Walgreens, Walmart) and online retailers nationwide. The 15-minute test is done with a nasal swab, with results showing on a card. Additional antigen tests will be on sale soon too. The CDC has guidance on what individuals should do following a negative or positive at-home test.
- SF Chronicle’s map of Bay Area testing sites that don’t require a doctor’s referral.
- Alameda County COVID testing sites: This webpage includes community-based sites offering free testing for anyone with symptoms, including people without health insurance.
- Contra Costa County free drive-through or walk-in COVID testing
- Solano County free testing sites
- Please check the listing for updates and call the testing site before you leaveto make sure they are open for testing, you are eligible, and register if needed.
- If you don’t have a provider and have COVID symptoms: In Alameda County, call Alameda Health System 510-437-8500 for a phone screen and guidance. In Contra Costa County, call 844-729-8410. In Solano County, the county COVID warmline is 707-784-8988.
- If you’re having difficulty breathing and unstable, please go to your nearest emergency room.