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We received our first shipment of the vaccine the week of December 14. These first doses went to our county’s two hospitals for front-line health care workers. We continue to receive additional vaccine allocations weekly and we expect those to continue. These initial allocations will be small.
Eventually everyone will be eligible for the vaccine. However, initial allocations of the vaccine will be small. Nevada County is following the vaccine allocation guidelines developed by the California Department of Public Health. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is still refining tiers and levels within those tiers that describe who is eligible when.
Congregate care settings such as Skilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities are also prioritized in Phase 1A, Tier 1, and Nevada County’s facilities have enrolled in the CDC’s Long Term Care Facility (LTCF) Pharmacy Partnership Program to receive vaccine. The vaccine allocation for this program is separate from the allocation coming directly to our county.
Yes, our plan has been submitted to the state and is currently under review. Once finalized, we will post it here. When widely available, the vaccine will be administered by local healthcare providers and by the Nevada County Public Health Department.
We know that our community is ready to be vaccinated, but there is no waiting list. Thank you for your patience and for your readiness to be vaccinated against COVID-19. As availability increases, vaccine will eventually be available via the existing local healthcare system and Nevada County Public Health. Public Health’s main role is facilitating and organizing vaccinations systems but may not be the main provider of vaccine. Statewide, mechanisms for large scale vaccinations are still in development. Our goal is to develop the best plan to vaccinate the most people as quickly and safely as possible. We are working toward that goal, and both the state’s plan and our implementation of those plans are still in development.
Public Health will be working with community partners and professional networks to get the word out to the community about how you can get vaccinated when the vaccine is more widely available.
If you are a healthcare worker with an active license and would like to volunteer as a disaster healthcare worker, you can sign up with California’s Disaster Healthcare Volunteer database. If you are a healthcare provider with a current practice, Nevada County Public Health is planning to hold meetings with providers to consult about the best way to ensure that everyone who qualifies for these initial doses has access to them. More information on those meetings will likely come via Provider Health Alerts.