All individuals age 50 years or over are now eligible to be vaccinated. On April 15, everyone age 16 or older will be eligible. The supply of vaccines continues to be limited and our priority is to increase access for communities who are at the highest risk of COVID-19 and who have lower rates of vaccinations.
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All groups in Phase 1B are eligible to be vaccinated.
Individuals with Eligible Health Conditions and Disabilities
Individuals with these conditions are strongly encouraged to seek vaccination with a primary health care provider or system, or in an alternate clinical setting. Please check with your usual health care provider as you may be able to be vaccinated at one of their facilities. See the list of facilities and providers offering vaccine here.
For more information, view the CDPH’s fact sheet on vaccines for people with high-risk medical conditions or disabilities.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is an independent panel of medical and public health experts brought together by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make recommendations about vaccine policies. The ACIP recommends to the CDC which people should be in each phase. While states often follow the ACIP recommendations, final decisions about when different groups will get the vaccine are made by each state. In California, those decisions are being made by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
These goals and principles are used to guide decisions about the order in which people are vaccinated
Goals – what we are trying to achieve:
Principles –the guidelines that will help us get to our goals:
In addition, there are other things to consider, like how to offer the vaccine in a way that reaches as many of the people in each phase as possible. This is complicated, especially since we don’t want people to gather in big crowds where they can’t be six feet apart when they get vaccinated.
Individuals age 16 and 17 can receive the Pfizer vaccine. They cannot receive the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines because these vaccines are only authorized by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for people age 18 and over. COVID-19 vaccine trials in children are underway, but vaccination in children younger than 16 cannot start until the vaccines are authorized for this age group.
Public Health and county, city, community, and healthcare partners are working together to vaccinate to people in eligible groups at many different locations. These include:
Follow the prevention guidelines you’ve heard about since the pandemic started. You should cover your mouth and nose with a face mask whenever you are around others. Avoid close contact with other people outside your household, especially if they could be sick. Practice physical distancing and wash your hands often. See the guidance for reducing your risk.