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Contra Costa Extends Vaccine Eligibility to Essential Workers

Feb. 18, 2021: Teachers, grocery workers and other frontline essential workers who live in Contra Costa County can now sign up to get vaccinated.

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 California’s vaccination plan Phase 1B.

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 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. 

Patients 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.

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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. View distribution phases for information about eligibility and the chart below for how to request an appointment

Healthcare providers who have extra doses left at the end of vaccination clinics should follow our guidance for minimizing waste of COVID-19 vaccine.

 

 

Distribution Phases at a Glance

  • People ages 75 and over

  • People ages 65 - 74

  • Frontline essential workers

  • Healthcare workers
    (tiers 1, 2, 3)

  • Employees & residents of long-term care facilities

People ages 16 - 64 with high-risk health conditions

All people ages 16 years and older not in previous phases

 

Dec. - Jan.

Started January

Estimated March 15

Estimated Summer

Vaccine Eligibility 

 

Eligible Now

Phase 1A: December - January​

  • Healthcare personnel (tiers 1, 2, 3)

  • Employees & residents of long-term care facilities

1A - Tier 1

  • Acute care, psychiatric, and correctional facility hospital staff

  • Residents and staff at skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and similar settings for older or medically vulnerable individuals

  • Paramedics and EMTs

  • Dialysis centers

1A - Tier 2

  • Intermediate care facilities for persons who need non-continuous nursing supervision and supportive care

  • Home health care and in-home supportive services

  • Community health workers, including promotoras

  • Public health field staff

  • Primary care clinic workers

1A - Tier 3

Other healthcare workers, including:

  • Specialty clinics

  • Laboratory workers

  • Dental and other oral health clinics

  • Pharmacy staff not working in settings at higher tiers

  • Mortuary workers

Phase 1B: started January​

 
 

Eligible Later

​​Estimated March 15

Estimated Summer

  • All people ages 16 years and older not in previous phases

 

Healthcare System

Who's Eligible Now

(Confirm with your health provider)

Schedule an Appointment

 

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS)

The county health department will immunize all eligible people whether they have insurance or not:

  • All phase 1A

  • Residents age 65 and older

  • Essential workers in:

    • Agriculture and food

    • Education and childcare

    • Emergency services​​

Click here to request an appointment. Eligible residents who have difficulty using the form or have no internet access can request an appointment by calling 1-833-829-2626.

  • Instructions: Vaccine Scheduling with MyChart

  • Video: How to Activate MyChart & Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment

  • Video: Using MyChart to Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment

 

Contra Costa Regional Medical Center & Health Centers

Serves eligible Medi-Cal patients and Contra Costa Health Plan members in their network who are:

  • All phase 1A

  • Age 65 and older

John Muir Health

John Muir Health patients who are:

  • Age 65 and older

John Muir Health is doing direct outreach to its 65-and-older patients via MyChart messages, email, text messages and phone calls.

 

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser members who are:

  • Phase 1A healthcare workers, long-term care patients & staff, emergency medical services

  • Age 65 and older

People in phase 1A can click here to complete an e-visit. People ages 65 and older will be contacted via letter or email.

 

La Clinica

La Clinica patients who are:

  • All phase 1A

  • Age 65 and older

  • Essential workers in:

    • Agriculture and food​

    • Education and childcare

    • Emergency services

La Clinica is directly contacting eligible patients to schedule vaccine appointments.

 

LifeLong Medical

LifeLong patients:

  • All phase 1A

  • Age 65 and older

  • Essential workers in:

    • Agriculture and food​

    • Education and childcare

    • Emergency services

LifeLong Medical Care is directly contacting eligible patients to schedule vaccine appointments.

 

MyTurn (State of California)

Eligible members of the public can request an appointment online or call 1-833-422-4255.

 

Oakland-Alameda Coliseum (FEMA and Cal OES)

Eligible members of the public can request an appointment online or call 1-833-422-4255.

 

OptumServe

County residents who are:

  • All phase 1A

  • Age 65 and older

Eligible county residents can request an appointment online or call 1-877-218-0381 (option 7). This call center is open 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. weekends.

 

Sutter Health

Sutter patients who are:

  • Age 65 and older

 

 

 

Vaccine Site Map

The map below shows COVID-19 vaccination sites for Contra Costa Health Services and major community partners.

 



Cost

Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given at no cost to you. Vaccination providers may charge an administration fee, usually billed to your insurance.

 

 



Ethical and Equitable Vaccine Allocations

Contra Costa Health Services formed the COVID-19 Ethical & Equitable Vaccine Allocations Committee to ensure a fair, transparent, and evidence‐based approach to access during the early stages of availability.  Click here to learn more.