Contra Costa to Lift Masking Requirements in Some Indoor Settings on Nov. 1.
October 14, 2021. Read more: https://bit.ly/3BJQhEC
Bay Area Health Officers Issue Criteria for Lifting Indoor Masking Requirements
Thursday, October 7, 2021
As decisions to vaccinate and wear face coverings indoors drive down COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations, health officers for the nine Bay Area jurisdictions that require face coverings in most indoor public spaces today reached consensus on criteria to lift those health orders. Read more here.
Contra Costa County Plans Efficient, Equitable Rollout of COVID-19 Booster Vaccine
- those who are 65 or older
- residents of long-term care facilities
- those who are 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions or who are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 due to social inequities, including those from communities of color
- those who are 18 to 49 with underlying medical conditions
- those who are 18 to 64 and at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to their occupation or institutional setting
Supervisor Candace Andersen’s Weekly Update
September 17, 2021
New COVID-19 Health Order: COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination or Test Required for Some Contra Costa Businesses
Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record
It’s Not Just Public Health Officers Asking People to Get Vaccinated, It’s Your Own Local Doctor
COVID-19 Booster Vaccines Are Available for Some Immunocompromised People
Live Performers Can Drop Their Masks in Fully Vaccinated Venues
Thursday, September 2, 2021 READ UPDATE HERE from Supervisor Candace Andersen
➡ Updated Information for Quarantining in Contra Costa County
➡ COVID-19 Booster Vaccines Now Available for Some Immunocompromised People
➡ Federal Unemployment Benefits End September 4, Available Resources to Help With Food, Healthcare & Housing
➡ Suicide Prevention Community Forum on Youth and Suicide
➡ Immigration Inclusion Welcoming Plan
➡ Information for Voting in the Upcoming Recall Election of Governor Newsom
➡ Contra Costa County Seeks Nominations for Humanitarian of the Year
Contra Costa Releases COVID-19 Safety Guidance for Youth Sports and Activities
Thursday, September 2, 2021 READ MEDIA RELEASE HERE
Face Coverings Required in Public Indoor Settings to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
As of August 3, 2021, all people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear face coverings in public indoor settings in Contra Costa County until further notice. Public settings include but are not limited to business offices, retail stores, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meeting rooms and State and local government facilities where services are provided to the public.
Vaccination continues to protect against severe COVID-19 illness, but with the COVID-19 Delta variant now infecting a small percentage of vaccinated people as well as many unvaccinated people, Contra Costa County and other Bay Area health officers have issued health orders requiring masks indoors in public places.
This order does not apply to people in the following circumstances:
- When alone in a room.
- When actively eating or drinking.
- When swimming or showering.
- When receiving care or other service that requires removal of the face covering, including by way of example and without limitation, medical care requiring exposure of the nose or mouth, cosmetic services involving the face, and dental procedures.
- When exempt from wearing face coverings under the State Face Covering Guidance or other applicable California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance. The State Face Covering Guidance exempts the following individuals from wearing masks:
- Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
- Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask, including persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.
- Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
- Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined.
Bay Area Health Officials Urge Immediate Vaccination and Issue Orders Requiring Use of Face Coverings Indoors to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley Indoor Masking Orders Take Effect Tuesday
Vaccination continues to protect against severe COVID-19 illness, but with the COVID-19 Delta variant now infecting a small percentage of vaccinated people as well as many unvaccinated people, eight Bay Area health officers have issued health orders requiring masks indoors in public places.
The orders require all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings when indoors in public settings, with limited exceptions, starting at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, August 3rd.
Vaccines remain the most powerful tool in the fight against COVID-19, including the Delta variant. Nonetheless, the Delta variant is infecting a small percentage of the vaccinated in the Bay Area — who still remain strongly protected against severe illness, hospitalization, and death. In those instances of infection in a vaccinated person, a face covering prevents further spread. Bay Area health officials urge all unvaccinated residents 12 and older to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
“We must act now to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community. If you are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine and have not yet done so, please do not wait any longer,” said Dr. Chris Farnitano, health officer for Contra Costa. “During July the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in our county increased 400%. Four out of five of the COVID patients we see are not vaccinated, even though only one out of five Contra Costa adults are not vaccinated.”
These health orders aim to reduce community transmission of COVID-19 and protect everyone. Health officials are very concerned by the substantial levels of community transmission now found across the Bay Area, especially among unvaccinated people. In part, this is due to the widespread COVID-19 Delta variant, which is substantially more transmissible than previous forms of the virus. Recent information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also indicates that even fully vaccinated individuals can in some cases spread the Delta variant to others, and so indoor use of face coverings provides an important added layer of protection.
The new Health Orders require wearing a well-fitting mask indoors in public settings. Indoor settings, whether public or private, are higher risk for COVID-19 transmission, especially when you are with people you do not live with. Health officials also recommend that all employers make face coverings available to individuals entering their businesses, and businesses are required to implement the indoor face covering order.
Today’s Health Orders are consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health, which recommend that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks while in indoor public settings. Bay Area Health Officers will continue to monitor data, including increasing vaccination throughout the region, to determine when the Orders can be adjusted or lifted.
For more information about COVID-19, and how to get a free vaccine near you, visit cchealth.org/coronavirus.
Supervisor Candace Andersen’s Weekly Update – July 24, 2021
➡ Contra Costa, Santa Clara County and San Francisco Public Health Officials Urge Employers to Consider Requiring Employee Vaccination to Promote COVID-Safe Workplaces
➡ Masking Indoors for Everyone is Recommended as a Precaution Against Increased Circulation of COVID-19
➡ Masking and Social Distancing Changes: Masks Required in Court Facilities Effective July 20
➡ COVID Status of Contra Costa County: Cases per day per 100,000 for unvaccinated is approximately 32 per 100,000
➡ COVID hospitalizations have more than doubled since the June 15 reopening when only 25 COVID patients were hospitalized.
➡ TRUTH Act Virtual Community Forum on July 27
➡ City Wide Sidewalk Sale
➡ I-680 Contra Costa Express Lanes Begin Tolling on August 20th
➡ Students Can Receive Two Months of Free Rides On County Connection
➡ Public Safety Power Shutoffs
➡ Contra Costa County Library Increases Hours at 17 Libraries
➡ BART Continues Limited Late Night Service for Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
➡ Wildfire Risk to Communities Website
➡ Measure X Community Advisory Board Seeks Public Input
Supervisor Candace Andersen’s weekly update, July 16, 2021
With a new surge of COVID-19 driving up case rates and hospitalizations across the Bay Area, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) recommends that everyone consider wearing face coverings whenever they enter indoor public spaces, regardless of their vaccination status.
This extra precaution is not a requirement, but a healthy choice that Contra Costa and most other Bay Area counties endorse, including Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley.
➡ Masking Indoors for Everyone is Recommended as a Precaution Against Increased Circulation of COVID-19
➡ COVID-19 Rates Continue to Rise in Contra Costa
➡ COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year
➡ Final Weekend of Free COVID-19 Vaccines at Local School Campuses
Supervisor Candace Andersen’s June 24th Weekly Update
➡ Contra Costa County Continues to Align with California’s Grand Reopening
➡ State Unveils New Vaccine Verification System
➡ Regulations for Masks in the Workplace
➡ County’s Two Largest Private Healthcare Providers to Offer Vaccine Answers
➡ Bring Vaccinations to Your Workplace or Organization: Contra Costa Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Service
➡ Free COVID-19 Vaccines Being Offered at Local School Campuses
➡ Contra Costa Rental Relief Program
➡ PG&E Financial Assistance Programs Available
➡ Make Your Plans for a Safe 4th of July Without Illegal Fireworks
➡ Contra Costa Wildfire Safety Regional Webinar
➡ Wildfire Risk to Communities Website
➡ BART Overnight Construction Work in Lafayette and Orinda
➡ Measure X Community Advisory Board Seeks Public Input
State Unveils New Vaccine Verification System
County’s Two Largest Private Healthcare Providers to Offer Vaccine Answers
Free COVID-19 Vaccines Being Offered at Local School Campuses
- June 25-June 26: Acalanes High (Lafayette), Dallas Ranch Middle (Antioch), Freedom High (Oakley) no clinic on 6/26, San Ramon Valley High (Danville), Mt. Diablo High (Concord), Kennedy High (Richmond)
- June 29-July 3: De Anza High (Richmond), California High (San Ramon), Las Lomas High (Walnut Creek), Liberty High (Brentwood)
- July 6-10: Dougherty Valley High (San Ramon), Helms Middle School (San Pablo)
- July 13-17: San Ramon Valley High School (Danville)
Contra Costa begins new mobile COVID-19 vaccine service next week
Posted June 12, 2021, Contra Costa Health Services
* Businesses and community organizations can now request visits from Contra Costa Health Services’ (CCHS) mobile COVID-19 vaccination van to workplaces, community centers and other locations where five or more members of a group want to receive vaccine.
* The free mobile vaccination service begins Monday June 14. Any business or organization can request a mobile vaccination clinic using an online form at https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=3tkgKC3cY0OGJvKwA0OMRS41XWRGeRJBtHJgApNLJo1UMU0xQzA3M0E3RUVIRk8zOEdSR0o2UzNHUi4u if they are in the county and CCHS will send a mobile health van to provide free vaccinations on site within one week after completing the request.
* This service operates weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will only travel to locations within the county, though they will vaccinate anyone eligible regardless of where they live.
* There is no cap on the number of people who can be vaccinated during a visit.
* The state’s pandemic health orders will sunset on June 15, allowing fully vaccinated people to visit businesses and enjoy communal activities without the need for face masks or physical distancing. Visit the CCHS Beyond the Blueprint page https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/beyond-the-blueprint for details.
* But the health guidelines for people who are not vaccinated will remain largely unchanged – now is a great time to consider a safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine if you have not already gotten one.
Supervisor Candace Andersen’s June 10th Weekly Update:
➡ How Will California Open Up After June 15?
➡ California Leaves Face-Covering Requirement in Place
➡ Are You Vaccinated Yet? Free COVID-19 Vaccines Being Offered at Local School Campuses, June 1-June 5 and June 22-June 26 at Acalanes High School
➡ Vaccine Access for Those Who Cannot Leave Their Home
➡ What To Do if You Lose Your Vaccination Card
➡ Contra Costa’s Behavioral Health Community Crisis Response Initiative
➡ Red Cross Sponsored Blood Drives, Lafayette Library and Learning Center June 23, 10am-4pm
And so much more!!
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics to Open at Contra Costa County Schools
Residents 12 and Older Should Not Wait to Get Vaccinated
Public school campuses across Contra Costa County will host free clinics beginning next week to ensure that every student who is 12 or older has access to safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine.
Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) and Kaiser Permanente, in partnership with the Contra Costa Office of Education and several school districts, will begin sending mobile vaccine clinics to schools across the county on May 18. Clinics will rotate to new campuses weekly, later returning to provide second-dose appointments.
Not every school will host a clinic, but all campus clinics will welcome anyone eligible for vaccine – including students from other schools, family and community members.
“The goal is to help families that might not otherwise have the opportunity to get a free vaccine at a convenient location where they feel safe – the neighborhood school,” said Diane Burgis, chair of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. “But please do not wait. If you need a vaccine, we have a clinic in your area right now waiting for you.”
County-operated clinics in Contra Costa no longer require appointments. Appointments are available for patients who want them on the CCHS appointment page or by calling 1-833-829-2626.
The following school-based vaccine clinics are currently scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Clinic dates and locations are subject to change.
- May 18-22: Antioch Middle, Concord High.
- May 25-May 29: Edna Hill Middle (Brentwood), Pinole Valley High (Pinole), Pittsburg High, Ygnacio Valley High (Concord)
- June 1-June 5: Acalanes High (Lafayette), Dallas Ranch Middle (Antioch), Freedom High (Oakley)**, Iron Horse Middle (San Ramon), Kennedy High (Richmond), Mt. Diablo High (Concord)
- June 8-June 12: Antioch Middle, California High (San Ramon), Concord High, De Anza High (Richmond), Las Lomas High (Walnut Creek), Liberty High (Brentwood)
- June 15-June 19: Dougherty Valley High (San Ramon), Edna Hill Middle (Brentwood), Pinole Valley High (Pinole), Pittsburg High, Ygnacio Valley High (Concord)
- June 22-June 26: Acalanes High (Lafayette), Dallas Ranch Middle (Antioch), Freedom High (Oakley)**, San Ramon Valley (Danville), Mt. Diablo High (Concord), Kennedy High (Richmond)
- June 29-July 3: De Anza High (Richmond), California High (San Ramon), Las Lomas High (Walnut Creek), Liberty High (Brentwood)
- July 6-10: Dougherty Valley High (San Ramon)
** No clinic at Freedom High on 6/5 or 6/26
Patients younger than 18 do require consent from a parent or guardian to get vaccinated. Information about required school vaccinations, such as Tdap, will also be available at the clinics.
CCHS and Kaiser Permanente are working with host campuses to prevent conflicts with on-site education or graduation ceremonies.
“To make every school as safe as possible from COVID-19, it is critical that our campus communities have easy access to vaccine and health information,” said Lynn Mackey, Contra Costa County’s Superintendent of Schools. “Every student who receives a vaccine is a hero, who protects not only themselves, but their family, teachers and friends.”
Kaiser Permanente and many other community healthcare providers also provide COVID-19 at locations across Contra Costa – members can visit kp.org/covidvaccine for more information about how to get a vaccination appointment at local Kaiser Permanente facilities.
Supervisor Candace Andersen’s Weekly Update, May 13, 2021
➡ Children Ages 12-15 Now Eligible For Covid-19 Vaccination in Contra Costa County
➡ Free COVID-19 Vaccines Coming to Local School Campuses
➡ All County-run Vaccine Sites Now Accepting Walk-ins Without Appointments
➡ Free Rides are Available to COVID 19 Vaccine Sites Through Uber and Lyft
➡ Contra Costa Will Follow the State’s Mask Guidance
➡ Do You Still Have Questions About the Safety of the Vaccine?
School Campus Vaccine Clinics Schedule
Children ages 12-15 now eligible for vaccination in Contra Costa County
Children between the ages of 12-15 can now get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at all county-run clinics.
The County is expanding eligibility after the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommended Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for use in this younger age group. Previously, the Pfizer vaccine was only approved for people ages 16 and older.
“This is a big day for parents and kids who have been eager to get vaccinated against COVID,” said Supervisor Diane Burgis, chair of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. “We are looking forward to many households in Contra Costa County where all the adults and children are fully vaccinated.”
The County has already begun working with the Contra Costa County Office of Education, local school districts and Kaiser Permanente to host vaccination clinics at various middle schools and high schools in the coming weeks. Details will be announced in the next few days.
“Every student who receives a vaccine is a hero, who protects themselves, and their family, teachers and friends,” said Lynn Mackey, Contra Costa County’s Superintendent of Schools. “We appreciate the school superintendents and principals across the county who are stepping up to host vaccine clinics on their campuses. Easy access matters to high vaccine rates and to healthy communities.”
Nearly 700,000 county residents ages 16+ have received at least one dose of vaccine already. About 65,000 residents in Contra Costa fall between ages 12-15.
Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for use by those who are ages 12-17. The other two COVID vaccines in the United States made by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are still only available to people ages 18 and older.
Contra Costa County will provide vaccine to any eligible person regardless of whether they are a county resident or not. No appointment is needed, although people can still schedule one if they prefer by going to covidvaccine.cchealth.org or by calling 833-829-2626. The state also offers appointments at myturn.ca.gov.
When coming to our vaccination clinics, we recommend that minors be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If a parent or guardian cannot be present, we ask for written consent or, when that is not feasible, we may accept verbal consent over the phone. A consent form is available at cchealth.org.
Contra Costa Now Offering No-Appointment Service at All its COVID Vaccination Sites
Posted May 7, 2021
People can now get a COVID vaccine at all county-run vaccination sites with or without an appointment.
Vaccination is available to everyone ages 16 and older regardless of whether they live in Contra Costa County or not. People can also choose whether they want a one-dose or two-dose vaccine at county sites.
“We are doing everything we can to remove barriers and make it as convenient and easy as possible for people to get vaccinated,” said Supervisor Diane Burgis, chair of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. “Vaccines don’t just protect your health – they give peace of mind and let us be with our friend and families without worrying.”
Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) runs more than a dozen vaccination clinic sites across the county, including many with convenient weekend and evening hours. People who prefer to book an appointment in advance can do so at covidvaccine.cchealth.org or call 833-829-2626.
More than 70% of the eligible population in Contra Costa County has gotten at least one dose of vaccine – already surpassing President Biden’s July 4 vaccination goal for the country.
“We’ve made great progress, but we still have more work to do. I strongly urge everyone to get vaccinated so we can finish the job and end the pandemic,” Burgis said
To see the most recent COVID vaccination statistics in Contra Costa, visit our online dashboard.
Contra Costa Now Offering COVID Vaccines to Everyone No Matter Where They Live
With COVID-vaccine supply now plentiful, Contra Costa County will now vaccinate everyone at its clinics regardless of whether they live or work in the County or not.
Contra Costa will offer vaccine to people ages 16+ from other parts of Bay Area, California and even those from elsewhere in the United States.
“We’ve always said that this virus doesn’t recognize borders. Now we can say that Contra Costa County no longer cares about borders when it comes to getting people vaccinated against COVID,” said Dr. Chris Farnitano, the County’s health officer. “To end the pandemic, we need to vaccinate as many people as possible – not just people from Contra Costa, but from all over.”
Opening vaccination to everyone won’t affect Contra Costa residents’ ability to get vaccinated themselves. The move comes at a new point in the vaccine rollout where supply is exceeding demand. In the past two weeks, appointments at the County’s vaccine sites have begun to go unfilled.
People can schedule vaccine appointments online or by calling 833-829-2626. They can also visit one of our walk-in clinics without an appointment. To see the latest local vaccination statistics, visit our online vaccine dashboard.
Walk-In Vaccinations and a new mobile vaccination service for residents who are homebound
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
➡ COVID-19 Vaccine Safety: Facts & Myths
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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