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Where and how you will be vaccinated depends on two factors:
Health care workers in Phases 1A (Tiers 1-3) are being vaccinated at their place of employment; or at pharmacies and public health vaccine clinics via web signup. Workers and residents of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are being vaccinated by staff from CVS and Walgreens thorough a federal pharmacy program.
Public and private vaccine administration partners in Placer County are now offering COVID-19 vaccines in extremely limited supply to residents over the age of 65. Vaccinations are by appointment only and proof of Placer County residency and age are required. Visit www.placer.ca.gov/vaccineclinics to see a summary of locations offering vaccine.
Additional vaccine sites will come online as the supply chain grows to meet demand. Later phases of distribution will have a wider range of vaccine options, such as other medical providers, local healthcare clinics, additional commercial pharmacies, additional employer-based vaccine events, and additional mass vaccination clinics. Placer County Public Health is working with a network of partners to provide as many entry points as the vaccine supply will allow.
Remember, vaccine production is slowly increasing in the United States and Placer County is provided with only small amounts of vaccine each week. Currently these allocations are relatively small and highly variable, but are expected to increase in the coming weeks and months.
To stay informed about vaccine availability and progression through the vaccination phases, residents can visit the Placer County website at www.placer.ca.gov/vaccine; text PLACERVACCINE to the number 898211 to receive text alerts from 211; and subscribe to Placer County’s newsletter.
Vaccine production is slowly increasing in the United States. There may be vaccine shortages for several months before everyone who wants a vaccine can get one. In the interim, here are three steps you can take to learn when it will be your turn to be vaccinated:
Know your Phase/Tier: Occupation, age, medical history and home environment are factors that the California Department of Public Health considers when prioritizing groups for vaccination. If your occupation is not defined as an essential worker role, then your age and medical history will help you define when a vaccine will be available to you.
Talk with your employer and/or primary care provider: As vaccines become more readily available and vaccinations expand for Phases 1B and higher, you may be able to get a vaccine via your primary care provider or employer, who may refer you to a vaccine location (e.g., Safeway, public health clinic, or other point of dispensing location).
Stay informed: To stay informed about vaccine availability and progression through the vaccination phases, residents can visit the Placer County website at www.placer.ca.gov/vaccine; text PLACERVACCINE to the number 898211 to receive text alerts from 211; and subscribe to Placer County’s newsletter. The state has also piloted a tool called MyTurn to help notify residents when they are eligible.
Placer County is also working with our libraries and key community partners to ensure senior and rural populations will have support in accessing and making appointments.