The answer to that question is coming soon, according to the California Department of Public Health.
The state is creating a new system that will notify people when they're eligible to receive a vaccine and let them make appointments for mass vaccination sites. The first phase of that system is set to launch next week, the department said, but didn't offer a more specific date.
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While the state is still working out its sign-up plan, several Bay Area counties are putting their own systems into place.
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Here's what we know about how to get a vaccine in every Bay Area county:
Alameda County is following the state's guidance when it comes to which groups are allowed to receive the vaccine first. The county has set up a form you can fill out to be notified when your window opens.
At this time, officials are still prioritizing health care workers and residents of care homes for the COVID-19 vaccine. Even with the governor's authorization for those 65 and older to get the vaccine, the county doesn't anticipate vaccinations for that group for weeks. Residents over the age of 65 are also encouraged to contact their health care provider to see if the vaccine is available now.
Contra Costa County
Health care workers and those 65 and older can make an appointment request with the county here. Click here to fill out the form and click here for more information from county on its next steps. Health care workers employed by Kaiser Permanente should schedule an appointment with Kaiser directly.
Health care workers in Marin are being vaccinated by their employers and residents at long-term facilities (like skilled nursing homes) are being vaccinated on site, the county says, as part of Phase 1A of distribution. When it comes to members of the general public, the county says they "will have a wider range of vaccine options, such as their medical provider, local health care clinics, commercial pharmacies, additional employer-based vaccine events, and public health mass vaccination events." The county encourages people to talk to their doctor or employer for more answers on when they can schedule a vaccine. See more info from the county here.
Napa County has already started vaccinating residents 75 and older. When that phase is complete, they'll move onto Phase 1B starting with residents 65 and older. If you're interested in receiving a vaccination in that next phase, you can fill out a form here so you can be notified as soon as it's available. More information from the county can be found here.
San Francisco County
Health care workers and nursing home residents are already getting vaccinated in San Francisco. Starting Tuesday, Jan. 19, the city of San Francisco will allow you to sign up to be notified when it's your turn to get the vaccine. You will be able to sign up on this website. According to the website, you may not get a notification for months, because vaccines are in limited supply.
San Mateo County
San Mateo County is still focused on vaccinating people in Phase 1A of distribution, health care workers and nursing home residents. The governor's decision to open up vaccination to the general public ages 65 and older may soon change that, but the county's site hasn't yet been updated. Check here for more info and updates.
Santa Clara County
Santa Clara County announced Wednesday it's opening up vaccination to residents 75 and older, as well as health care workers and nursing home residents. Interested Santa Clara County residents should talk to their health care providers about getting an appointment for a vaccine, the county said. More information on how to schedule an appointment with your provider can be found here.
Solano County is still working its way through Phase 1A of vaccine distribution (see if that applies to you here) and says that anyone who falls into those categories should coordinated getting vaccinated with their medical provider.
"Individuals who are eligible to be vaccinated should first contact their health-care provider or primary care physician for information on how they can receive a vaccine or to make an appointment," Sonoma County says on its site. Right now the county is only vaccinating people in Phase 1A, but you can check here to track the county's progress through the phases here.
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