COVID-19 Vaccination Implementation Information
Please visit the County's webpage for the general public on Public Health’s website here.
The webpage includes:
- Responses to myths and misinformation
- Information about scams
- A place to sign up for email updates
- A Vaccine Distribution page that explains the phases and tiers of distribution
- A PHASE 1A COVID-19 VACCINE MANAGEMENT DASHBOARD where people can track how much vaccine has been distributed
- And more!
Key information from these webpages is provided below:
Who Will Get Vaccine When
The Vaccine Distribution page describes the phases and tiers of vaccination, with more information about how these phases may roll out. Green circles show groups of people who have been, or are being, offered vaccine. Red circles show groups who are waiting to be offered vaccine. This page is being updated regularly as the groups within each phase and tier are further refined.
How the phases and tiers were determined
Vaccine eligibility is determined by phases of prioritization developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) through the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), as well as guidance developed by the State via the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). This planning is occurring in close coordination with state and local health departments to ensure appropriate planning and collaboration with community partners. Allocation policies will be dynamic and will be adapted based on vaccine performance, vaccine supply and demand, and other factors.
Where we are currently
We are currently administering vaccines in Phase 1A, Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3. Phase 1A focuses on vaccinating frontline health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities, in alignment with the recommendations of the ACIP based on risks of exposure and risks for severe illness. It is estimated that everyone in Phase 1A will have been offered at least one dose of vaccine by late January/early February. Please note that timings are estimates and may change according to factors such as vaccine supply and the state prioritization requirements. The phases and tiers will overlap.
What future phases will look like
Phase 1B vaccination efforts will focus on vaccinating persons aged ≥75 years and frontline essential workers and Phase 1C will focus on vaccinating persons aged 65–74 years, persons aged 16–64 years with high-risk medical conditions, and other essential workers. Please note that current Phase 1B and 1C distribution is based on CDC guidance and may be changed or updated by CDPH. The Vaccine Distribution page will remain updated to reflect any developments.
How Vaccine Will Get to People in Later Phases
When vaccine is available to other groups of people, it will likely be given at:
- Primary care clinics
- Some workplaces, and
- Special vaccination sites run by Public Health and county, city, and community partners
No one will have to pay for the vaccine. A doctor or pharmacy may charge a fee for giving the vaccine, but it should be covered by public and private insurance companies. People without health insurance can get COVID-19 vaccines at no cost. There are no out-of-pocket payments.
While, with the exception of health care workers, there is no way to register or sign up to receive the vaccine at this time, plans are currently being developed at CDC for how persons within these broad groupings will be prioritized and how the vaccines will be delivered. To support local planning processes, the County has established a COVID-19 Vaccine Work Group, comprised of approximately 100 individuals representing more than 60 organizations, with committees focused on ensuring equitable distribution of the vaccine, establishing effective communications, and aligning resources.