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Vaccine update: What we know in the 9 Bay Area counties now – SF Gate

We took another close look at the vaccine rollout in the San Francisco Bay Area this week and found that while scarcity of supply remains a problem, counties and health care providers are beginning to make progress with infrastructure for implementation, whether launching a dashboard reporting vaccine data or creating a mass vaccine site.

  • Counties are administering vaccines based on the state’s prioritization framework that’s build on the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations.
  • While county health departments are responsible for carrying out the state’s plans, they make the final decision about when different groups of people will get the vaccine.
  • County health departments are focused on vaccinating people without health plans or those who cannot access the vaccine elsewhere. If you have health insurance, you should check with your provider.
  • While the state of California has given counties and health care providers the green light to vaccinate individuals ages 65 and older, in addition to health care workers, the overall lack of vaccine supply makes it difficult to administer vaccines to all seniors immediately.

SFGATE checked in with the nine Bay Area counties on their vaccine implementation. Here’s what we found.


Alameda

Vaccine info: covid-19.acgov.org.

Vaccine appointments: To receive a notification on when you’re available for a vaccine, sign up at covid-19.acgov.org/vaccines.

Total vaccines administered: 85,350 as of Jan. 14, 2021 (see latest numbers on the county’s vaccine dashboard here.)

Who can get vaccinated in the county now? The county continues to focus on vaccinating health care workers in Phase 1a of the state plan.

Vaccine news: The Oakland Police Officers’ Association and the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Alameda County called on the county to vaccinate law enforcement, warning in a Jan. 21 statement that the 1,500 first responders they represent still have not received the COVID-19 vaccine and that Alameda County has no plan to vaccinate these first responders who continue to serve their communities during the pandemic. “The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is working to facilitate the vaccination of the county jail population against COVID-19, but the County Health Department has no plan to vaccinate the deputies or staff working in the jail.” said ACDSA President Kevin Lewis. “More than 90 Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ have tested positive for COVID-19, and one deputy has already died, but there is no plan to vaccinate these essential first responders.”

Contra Costa

Vaccine plan: coronavirus.cchealth.org.

Vaccine appointments: Find information here.

Total vaccines administered: 57,652 as of Jan. 21, 2021 (see latest numbers on the county’s vaccine dashboard here.)

Who can get vaccinated in the county now? The county website indicates health care works, employees and residents of long-term care facilities and people ages 65 and older are eligible for vaccinations.

Vaccine news: The county is ramping up vaccine efforts with a goal of speeding up vaccines for seniors and opening vaccine sites, with the Concord Pavilion and Crane Way Pavilion in Richmond under consideration, according to ABC 7 News.

Marin 

Vaccine info: coronavirus.marinhhs.org/vaccine.

Vaccine appointments: Find appointment options here, but keep in mind appoints are extremely limited and restricted.

Total vaccines administered: Marin will be posting numbers online soon.

Who can get vaccinated in the county now? “Currently only health care workers defined in Phase 1A are being vaccinated,” according to the county website. “Some medical providers have begun scheduling patients who are in Phase 1B, including those over age 65, into vaccine appointments next week.”

Vaccine news: At a one-day event on Sunday, Marin Public Health, with assistance from Kaiser Permanente and Marin Medical Reserve Corps., vaccinated 1,247 education staff including custodial workers, food service, transportation (bus drivers), special education teachers, and other para-professionals.

“Keep in mind, education is just one group that was vaccinated this week as part of Phase 1B,” Laine Hendricks, a public information officer for the county wrote in an email. “We are also offering vaccines to child care workers and people age 75 and over — as supply allows.  So the efforts are parallel. We are not vaccinating all educators before we move to another group.”

Napa

Vaccine info: countyofnapa.org/3096/COVID-19-Vaccines.

Vaccine appointments and notifications: You can fill out a form to be notified when you’re eligible here.

Total vaccines administered: 13,911 as of Jan. 21 (see the county’s latest vaccine data here)

Who can get vaccinated in the county now? The county website indicates health care works, employees and residents of long-term care facilities and people ages 65 and older are eligible for vaccinations.

Vaccine news: Like all counties in the Bay Area, Napa is faced with low supply. “At this point, we’ll have enough vaccine to get us to Wednesday,” Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Relucio told the Napa Valley Register on Thursday. “Unless we find out on Tuesday what our allocation will be for the coming week, that’s all we have. It is literally day by day.”

San Francisco

Vaccine info: sf.gov/covid-19-vaccine-san-francisco.

Vaccine appointments: To receive a notification on when you’re available for a vaccine, sign up at sf.gov/get-notified-when-youre-eligible-covid-19-vaccine.

Total vaccines administered: 31,189 have received the first dose; 7,128 have gotten the second (see the county’s latest vaccine data on the dashboard)

Who can get vaccinated in the county now? The county is focused on vaccinating healthcare workers and starting to inoculate those 65 and older. “Check with your own healthcare provider first,” the county said. “There is limited vaccine supply, and there may be a long waiting period.”

Vaccine news: The city of San Francisco and its health care providers announced a goal Wednesday to vaccinate all residents by the start of summer.

“Working with our major health system partners and other community clinics, our goal by June 30 is to get our entire population of 900,000-plus individuals in San Francisco vaccinated for COVID-19,” said Roland Pickens, director of San Francisco Health Network, the city’s public health care system, at a supervisors’ hearing Wednesday. “As you can imagine there will be many twists and turns in the road, but we are feeling confident that once the vaccine supply is more readily available and reliable we will be able to reach this goal based on our current planning and collaboration.” (Read more on SFGATE.)

San Mateo

Vaccine info: smchealth.org/covid-19-vaccination

Vaccine appointments: Find information on providers that are booking appointments for those who are eligible here.

Total vaccines administered: San Mateo County has received 25,800 first vaccine doses and 22,354 of these have been administered through county channels — such as a drive-through clinic last week that vaccinated 9,550 people over seven days, county officials said in a Thursday press briefing. A second clinic will be set up for people to receive the second dose.

Who can get vaccinated in the county now? “We are vaccinating all eligible Phase 1A health care workers and long-term care residents in San Mateo County and transitioning to the next phase, which now includes residents ages 65+ as the supply of vaccines allows,” the county said.

Vaccine news: The county advised residents on Thursday to be alert for scams related to the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. For more information and to report scams, view here.

The county’s health officer Scott Morrow published a statement criticizing the rollout and lack of transparency from the state and the federal government.

“To vaccinate most of the population adequately by July, all the entities in the county need to vaccinate 40,000 people per week, or about 6,000 every day,” Morrow wrote. “The current supply coming to the various entities in the county from the state appears to be about one-tenth this rate.”

Santa Clara

Vaccine info: sccfreevax.org

Vaccine appointments: Find information on providers that are booking appointments for those who are eligible here.

Total vaccines administered: 98,807 first doses; 26,338 second doses as of Jan. 20 (visit the county’s vaccine dashboard here for the latest numbers.

Who can get vaccinated in the county now? The county is focused on vaccinating healthcare workers and some providers are vaccinating individuals age 75 and older.

Solano

Vaccine info: solanocounty.com/covid19

Vaccine appointments: Find information on where individuals eligible to receive the vaccine can get inoculated here.

Total vaccines administered: The county isn’t sharing this information online.

Who can get vaccinated in the county now? The county is focused on vaccinating health care workers. Some health care providers may be offering shots to seniors.

Vaccine news: The Solano Public Health Department is hosting a town hall Friday, Jan. 22, at 3:30 p.m. to provide an update on the COVID-19 and the vaccine rollout. The event will be streamed live on the Solano County Public Health Facebook page.

Sonoma

Vaccine info: socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/vaccine-information

Vaccine appointments: Find info on where individuals eligible to receive the vaccine can get inoculated here.

Total vaccines administered: 18,873 as of Jan. 21 (find the latest numbers here)

Who can get vaccinated in the county now? The county is focused on vaccinating health care workers. Some health care providers may be offering shots to seniors.

Vaccine news: The county announced Monday that it has partnered with Safeway to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to county health workers. On Wednesday, Safeway pharmacists assisted the county in vaccinating approximately 5,000 in-home supportive services workers. Additionally, 11 pharmacies in Safeway stores throughout the county have received state approval to provide COVID-19 vaccinations, and IHSS workers will be able to start receiving vaccinations at those locations starting next week.

Bay City News contributed to this story.

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