Contra Costa County Residents Ages 16+ Can Now Book Vaccine Appointments at the Oakland Coliseum
Contra Costa residents ages 16 and older can now book appointments at the Oakland Coliseum at myturn.ca.gov or by calling 833-422-4255. The County worked with the State to update its MyTurn website so it reflects Contra Costa’s vaccine eligibility criteria. Previously, Contra Costa residents had to be 50 and older to schedule appointments at the Coliseum vaccination site.
Supervisor Candace Andersen’s Weekly Update, Thursday, April 1, 2021
➡ Contra Costa Opens Eligibility to those 16+, Everyone is Encouraged to Request Appointments Now
➡ Options for Scheduling Your Vaccine Appointment
➡ COVID-19 Drive-Through Vaccination Clinic Opens in Concord
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Contra Costa Opens Eligibility to those 16+
Everyone is Encouraged to Request Appointments Now
Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) encourages everyone who lives or works in the county age 16 or older to request an appointment to receive a COVID-16 vaccine.
Contra Costa County Health Director Anna Roth announced to the Board of Supervisors today that an increased vaccine supply from the state and federal governments means there is capacity to open eligibility to people in the 16-49 age range. CCHS currently has thousands of appointments available at its community clinics this week.
Recently, Contra Costa County began receiving additional vaccine supply from the U.S. government for its numerous federally-qualified health centers. This week, the County has received 84,500 total doses of vaccine from the state and federal governments – 30,000 more than just the week before.
The move will expand eligibility to another 375,000 county residents who have not yet been vaccinated. The County will continue to prioritize giving appointments to those living in low-income areas hardest hit by COVID. It is also planning to begin accepting walk-ins at the Richmond Auditorium and Bay Point Health Center with additional locations coming online in the near future.
Going forward, Contra Costa County will no longer refer to eligibility phases or tiers in determining who gets the vaccine. Doses are available to anyone for whom the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of vaccine.
“Since we gave the first dose in our county on Dec. 15, getting vaccine to everyone and anyone has been our top priority,” said Anna Roth, Contra Costa County Health Director. “Removing barriers of all kinds, including confusing eligibility criteria is an important step in furthering our equity goals. This is an important day.”
CCHS is taking additional steps to eliminate equity barriers, including:
– soon eliminating a complicated registration form used to determine eligibility,
– piloting walk-in clinics that eliminate the need for advance appointments,
– continued prioritization of appointments for people who live in communities in the lowest quartile of the California Healthy Places Index,
– prioritizing those at highest risk of severe illness and death because of age,
– increasing capacity at mobile clinics by as much as four-fold at some locations.
Appointments for those age 16-64 are only available through CCHS and cannot be booked using the state’s My Turn portal until the state announces vaccine eligibility to this age category. Please register online at cchealth.org/coronavirus or by calling 1-833-VAX-COCO (1-833-829-2626).
“Governor Gavin Newsom announced last week that his goal was to move the state quickly through the eligibility tiers,” said Roth. “We agree and applaud this goal. We have appointments to fill. By expanding eligibility now, we can ensure that no appointments go unused.”
CCHS does anticipate a sharp rise in requests with this additional eligibility, and long delays are likely on the appointment request phone line. Anyone who is able to do so is encouraged to use the online request form instead of phoning – it will save you time.
People who live in Contra Costa communities that are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including communities of color, are especially encouraged to request an appointment today.
Try the Help Your Neighbor page for tips to help you assist a friend or loved one through the appointment request process, especially if they have a hard time using the internet or smartphones.
Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) encourages anyone who is currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in the county, but delaying their appointment to avoid the rush, to request their shot TODAY.
Mass Vaccination Site Beginning March 30th
Contra Costa Health Services, the City of Concord, and Kaiser Permanente will open a drive-through vaccination site that can accommodate as many as 15,000 patients weekly beginning Tuesday, March 30, at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor (formerly Water World), in Concord.
The site will ramp-up to full capacity over the coming weeks.
Kaiser, which serves more Contra Costa residents than any other healthcare provider, will provide clinical staff and vaccine from the supply it receives directly from the state to support the operation.
The U.S. National Guard will provide medical staff to support a Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) clinic at the site that will daily vaccinate as many as 1,000 eligible people who live or work in Contra Costa.
Appointments for the CCHS clinic will be scheduled through the county’s appointment system – visit cchealth.org/coronavirus to request an appointment.
Appointments will be required to get a vaccine at the site. Read more here.
Contra Costa Health Services is now open for vaccination appointments to residents 50+.
Contra Costa Health to Expand Vaccine Eligibility to Residents Ages 50+ Next Week
Thanks to supplemental vaccine allocations from the federal government, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) expects to expand eligibility to all county residents aged 50+ (even if they don’t have underlying health conditions) early next week. They will be sending out a press release with the date of eligibility. At that point, those 50+ can request an appointment here.
More groups of Californians will become eligible for vaccine on Monday, March 15
More groups of Californians will become eligible for vaccine on Monday, March 15, including public transit workers, people in congregate living situations and people who have health conditions that put them at high risk of serious illness from a COVID-19 infection. Visit covid19.ca.gov for more information.
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Contra Costa Extends COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility to Essential Workers
Teachers, grocery workers and other frontline essential workers who live in Contra Costa County can now sign up to receive safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to them.
Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) today updated its eligibility policy for COVID-19 vaccine to extend vaccination eligibility to residents who work in the education and childcare sector, food and agriculture workers, and emergency services workers as defined by Phase 1B of California’s vaccination plan.
“We are committed to protecting all of our educators by ensuring they can access the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Diane Burgis, chair of the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors. “It is critical that we prioritize the health and well-being of all the essential workers who have cared for us and our families throughout the pandemic.”
Residents in these groups, as well as county residents who are 65 years and older who have not yet been vaccinated, can sign up to access state and federal sites through MyTurn (myturn.ca.gov) or by calling 1-833-422-4255.
Essential workers and residents 65 years and older can also request immunization appointments through CCHS and join the county waiting list for COVID-19 vaccine. However, due to a temporary reduction in vaccine supply from the state, all appointments at county sites are filled through the next two weeks at least.
People who need to cancel an existing appointment or who received a first dose of vaccine through CCHS and need to make a second-dose appointment should call 1-833-829-2626.
When more appointments do become available, CCHS will continue to prioritize county residents who are 65 or older as well as eligible essential workers, particularly those who live or work in the local communities most heavily affected by the pandemic.
CCHS continues to move forward with a workplace-based outreach effort to immunize essential workers in high-risk jobs in the county’s hardest-hit communities, including food and agriculture workers. Workers at sites selected for the program will be contacted by their employers.
For more information about Contra Costa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic including information about COVID-19 vaccine eligibility and appointments, visit cchealth.org/coronavirus.
Vaccine availability is increasing here in the East Bay.
Here are additional updates on vaccine distribution in our counties and by healthcare providers:
Contra Costa County
Contra Costa County residents 65 and older, along with healthcare workers who have not yet been vaccinated, can request vaccine appointment by filling out this online form. You don’t need to have health insurance. After submitting the form, you will be notified with an appointment date and time for one of the county-run sites, including one in Richmond.
Alameda County is now scheduling appointments at two county-run sites for county residents 65 and older and essential workers in education and childcare, emergency services, and agriculture and food industries, along with healthcare workers who have not yet been vaccinated. Sign up to get an appointment on the online registry system. And, no need for insurance to get a vaccine.
City of Berkeley’s Health Department is operating a mass vaccination site at the foot of Buchanan Street in Albany near Golden Gate Fields. Appointments are for people 65 and older and those who live or work in Berkeley who are currently employed in grocery stores, convenience stores, or in-person education and childcare settings. Click here for updates on how to make an appointment.
◾ Vaccinating Kaiser members 75 and older, health care workers, and long-term care patients and staff
◾ Sign in online to check vaccine status or schedule an appointment
◾ Sutter patients 65 and older can go online, log in to My Health Online, or call 844-987-6115 to schedule a vaccine appointment
John Muir Health
◾ John Muir Health will contact its patients via MyChart message, email, text message or phone call to schedule an appointment, currently vaccinating age 65 and older. Patients encouraged to sign up for a MyChart account by visiting the MyChart sign up information page.
◾ Native American Health Center is vaccinating patients and community members 65 years old and older.
◾ Lifelong is reaching out to patients who are 1) over age 65 or 2) IHSS (In-Home Support Services) workers or 3) food and agricultural workers with instructions for making an appointment. If you are a registered patient of LifeLong and have not been contacted, please contact your health center.
◾ Asian Health Services is providing vaccine appointments to AHS patients 65 years and older or are IHSS workers. Patients can sign up for vaccine wait list here.
◾ La Clínica is vaccinating patients who are IHSS workers, caregivers of people with disabilities, or 65 and older. Eligible patients are being contacted by phone or can call their La Clínica provider to request an appointment.
◾ West Oakland Health Center is vaccinating patients 65 and older.
CVS and Rite Aid
FEMA is also dispatching mobile vaccine clinics throughout the East Bay, particularly to communities that have been hit hardest by COVID and are under-served by our healthcare system. I’ll send out more information about the mobile clinics when it becomes available.
Please continue to be safe – wear a mask and social distance – even after you’ve been vaccinated, because we don’t know yet whether people who have been vaccinated can still spread the disease.
Where and When You Can Get Vaccinated
Visit the Contra Costa County Health Services Distribution Phases page to see if you are in an eligible tier. This page is updated regularly as more groups are added to the eligibility list. If you are eligible, there are several options for getting vaccinated. To find out where, and which location works best for you, go to get vaccinated.
Beginning March 15th, all first dose appointments will be made through the State run portal MyTurn.ca.gov. Anyone who has not received a first dose of the vaccine should register at MyTurn and you will be notified when you are eligible.
Please do not visit a clinic unless you have an appointment. CCHS has a process for providing leftover or unanticipated doses of vaccine to residents who have requested appointments. Visit our distribution phases for information about eligibility and the chart below for how to request an appointment.
Also providing vaccinations is the State-operated OptumServe Clinic in Walnut Creek. The clinic is only scheduling appointments for those 65 or older, but is open to all Contra Costa County residents. It is located at Tice Valley Community Gym, 2055 Tice Valley Boulevard, Walnut Creek. The hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. To schedule an appointment: click here, or call 844-421-0804. This clinic will be soon taking appointment reservations through the State portal MyTurn.
CVS Pharmacy will begin inoculating those eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting Friday, 2/12.
This is the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine which requires 2 injections – 28 days apart. People can book an appointment for their second dose at the same time they book their first shot.
Supervisor Candace Andersen’s Weekly Update – February 5, 2021
Contra Costa County residents age 65 & older can request a COVID-19 vaccine appointment
Contra Costa County residents age 65 & older can request a COVID-19 vaccine appointment online at bit.ly/39mfLw6 or by calling 1-833-829-2626 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Check in with your loved ones to see if they need help signing up.
New Vaccine Dashboard on CCHealth.org
Contra Costa County Health Services has developed a new Live Vaccine Dashboard on CCHealth.org with charts that show the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered to residents of Contra Costa County by day, which dose was administered, vaccines administered based on city of residence, and other key data points.
Information and updates about COVID-19 vaccine (but not appointments) are available at 1-844-729-8410 or cchealth.org/coronavirus
Contra Costa County Plans to Administer 1 Million COVID-19 Vaccines by July
CCHS Press Release: January 22, 2021
Reflecting the countywide commitment to protect all Contra Costa residents from COVID-19, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) today announced a new goal for the county and its healthcare partners: Deliver 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by Independence Day.
“There is no higher priority in Contra Costa County than delivering COVID-19 vaccine to as many eligible residents as possible, as quickly as possible,” said Diane Burgis, chair of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. “We believe this is a realistic goal, provided our supply of vaccine increases.”
The county’s announcement follows a promise yesterday from new President Joe Biden to administer 100 million doses during the first 100 days of his administration.
“Together with our partners in the community, from large health systems to independent doctor’s offices to supermarket pharmacies, we are building the infrastructure to vaccinate hundreds of thousands of county residents, quickly and safely,” said Anna Roth, director of Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS). “When doses arrive, they do not sit in freezers. They go straight to the public.”
Contra Costa went from providing zero doses to more than 5,800 per day during the first month that COVID-19 vaccine became available, and the daily average continues to climb as community health providers offer more shots to patients and members, and as CCHS opens more county-operated community immunization sites.
If the state can supply enough vaccine, CCHS and our partners together will soon have capacity to provide up to 9,000 doses of vaccine daily. With anticipated contributions from other health systems in the community, Contra Costa could achieve its million-dose goal by July 4.
This week, CCHS also launched its new vaccine-appointment phone line – 1-833-VAX-COCO (1-833-829-2626). Now, those who are unable to schedule vaccine appointments online can call us and book an appointment Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Eligible residents seeking appointments are encouraged to use the online form unless they do not have internet access or have difficulty using the online form.
Other local resources, including links to other healthcare providers in the community now offering vaccine, are available at coronavirus.cchealth.org/get-vaccinated.
CCHS also has a new data dashboard on its COIVD-19 web page, cchealth.org/coronavirus, that provides daily updates for the county’s vaccination campaign. More than 65,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far in the county.
In addition to the first wave of vaccine recipients, which included healthcare and emergency workers and people who live or work in residential care facilities, all county residents 65 and older can now request an immunization appointment through CCHS.
Appointments with CCHS are not first come, first served. Every day we prioritize appointments for people who are in the highest risk categories, according to state and federal guidelines, especially people who are 75 or older.
Appointments for other eligible residents can vary according to several factors, including age, underlying health concerns, how close they live to a vaccination site where an appointment is available, and whether they live in a neighborhood or community that is especially impacted by COVID-19. Because vaccine is scarce, the reality is that it may take weeks for some eligible residents to get a vaccine.
As more private health systems serving Contra Costa expand capacity to serve their members and patients, more county residents will hear from their own healthcare providers about how and when they can access COVID-19 vaccine.
Visit cchealth.org/coronavirus for local information about the COVID-19 pandemic and Contra Costa’s immunization campaign.
Contra Costa County residents who are 65 years & older can now sign up to get vaccinated
Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) has expanded eligibility for the Covid vaccine to include residents aged 65 and older (part of Phase 1B/Tier 1 group). Eligible people who live and work in Contra Costa, can request a vaccination appointment online with the County. At this point, they will only be booking appointments online. A toll-free appointment call center will be available starting on Tuesday. If you are currently eligible, request an appointment HERE.
Contra Costa County Residents Aged 65 and Older Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine
Contra Costa Health Services has expanded eligibility for the vaccine to include residents aged 65 and older, who are now part of Phase 1B/Tier 1 group. Frontline essential workers in Phase 1B/Tier 1 will come online soon. CCHS wants people to eventually receive the vaccine from their own healthcare provider (Kaiser, Sutter, John Muir, etc.), but as those systems ramp up, CCHS will vaccinate all who are currently eligible. Once other systems are on board, Health Services can refer outstanding appointments to the appropriate system to get them into the soonest appointment.
Residents 65 and older, as well as other eligible people who live and work in Contra Costa, can request a vaccination appointment online with the County (see links below). After you submit the form, Health Services staff will review your request. If you are approved, you will receive instructions on how to schedule a vaccination appointment using the MyChart website. Please note that demand for the vaccine is high but supplies are limited right now. This means there is a limited number of appointments available. Here are key links to the County’s vaccination program:
- Schedule an Appointment Online (Residents 65+)
- Contra Costa Vaccine Distribution Phases
- Contra Costa Vaccine Information
- Contra Costa County Vaccine FAQ
- CCHS Press Release on Vaccine Distribution
You can find out the latest COVID-19 information and review general COVID resources on the City of Lafayette’s COVID-19 page by following this link: https://bit.ly/LafayetteCOVID-19Resources.
Editor’s note: You may have seen news reports about a vaccine site for seniors opening this weekend at Stanley Middle School. This is being put on by a private practice and is full. Please use the above link to schedule a vaccination appointment through the County if you are 65 or older.
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