On February 12, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced updated COVID-19 vaccine eligibility guidelines. Beginning March 15, individuals with certain medical conditions that place them at high-risk for serious illness will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Health care providers may use their clinical judgement to determine if their patients have one or more of these conditions. The list of conditions can be found at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/
In anticipation of the March 15 date, the Monterey County Health Department has released its projected timeline for advancing through the remainder of Phase 1b of California’s Vaccine Plan. The above graphic outlines the Health Department’s projected timeline.
The California Department of Public Health may release additional vaccine eligibility guidance in the coming weeks for individuals not included in the above timeline. “This strategy continues to prioritize Monterey County residents most likely to die of COVID-19 while beginning to protect additional essential workers,” states Dr. Edward Moreno, Monterey County Health Officer and Director of Public Health.
Vaccine supply is extremely limited. Because Monterey County receives 3,000 to 4,000 first doses of vaccine each week, local vaccine providers will not have enough vaccine to immediately immunize all of their patients that are eligible for vaccination. Vaccination options for those eligible for vaccination in the coming weeks will include community-based clinics, health care provider offices, local hospitals, and some pharmacies.
Monterey County Health Department will schedule community-based clinics when new shipments of vaccine are received. Monterey County’s vaccine appointment registration website www.mcvaccinate.com will be updated as clinics are scheduled. Please note that individuals are required to show proof of being at least 65 years of age and of being employed in an open industry sector, and/or show proof of residence in a prioritized ZIP code when presenting for community-based vaccination appointments.
While vaccine supplies remain scarce and new variants of the virus continue to spread, it is important that all Monterey County residents continue to adhere to COVID-19 prevention strategies like:
- Staying home except for essential activities
- Wearing a mask when leaving home
- Limiting interactions with people outside your immediate household
- Keeping physical distance of at least 6 feet apart
- Washing hands for 20 seconds
- Getting the COVID-19 vaccine if you are eligible and vaccine is available
For more information, visit the Monterey County Health Department’s website at: www.montereycountycovid19.org, call the COVID-19 Call Center at 831-769-8700 Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm, or call 2-1-1.