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The California Department of Public Health has issued the first allocation of vaccines for Plumas County. This is our first allocation for the beginning of Phase 1 - additional allocations will be made for Phase 1 and as we move through Phases 2, 3 and 4 of distribution. Initially, supply will be limited and prioritized for frontline healthcare workers most at risk for exposure to COVID. These first doses will be direct shipped to acute care hospitals and long term care facilities.
As supply increases and the vaccine is available to more groups of people, we will update this information here.
It is estimated that the vaccine will be available for the general public by June or July of 2021.
For each phase of vaccine distribution, as prioritized by the CDPH, local healthcare providers are identified and invited by PCPH to register with the State as an approved COVID-19 vaccine provider. Healthcare providers who have not been contacted directly by PCPH to register with CDPH as a vaccine provider are not currently identified to receive the vaccine in the current phase of distribution. These providers should wait to be contacted by PCPH.
Based on your age and the presence of underlying health conditions, you may qualify to get vaccinated in either Phase 1b, tier 1 or tier 2 OR Phase 1c. Once the vaccine is available for people in this age group, Plumas County Public Health will communicate this broadly to the local media, on this website, on our Facebook page and to local healthcare providers. If you have a primary care provider they may inform you as well.
The guidelines on who gets the vaccine first come from the federal government and state government. Because the amount of vaccine available is limited, it is important to follow the guidelines and get the first doses of vaccine to people working in healthcare and skilled nursing facilities, and people who live in long-term care facilities. Eventually, everyone in Plumas County who wants to get vaccinated will be able to get vaccinated. We will be providing regular updates over the coming weeks and months to help everyone in the county understand when they are eligible to get vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost, but they are only available to eligible individuals.
Details are still be finalized, but getting your COVID-19 vaccine will be very similar to how you access the annual flu vaccine. This may include getting vaccinated at your local pharmacy, through your primary care provider or through a community vaccination clinic. Once this information is available, it will be posted on the Plumas County COVID-19 Vaccine webpage.
Yes. We all need to do our part to stay safe while we wait for vaccines to be widely available, and for a sufficient portion of the population to be vaccinated. Our county, like everyone else, will receive a limited supply to start. More will come over time. It may take many months before everyone in Plumas County who wants a vaccine has gotten one. This means we all need to work together to keep our risk of COVID-19 low. We can do that by protecting ourselves and others by wearing face masks, keeping our distance, and not gathering in groups.