COVID-19 Vaccine Information

State Information & Misc. Information

Released 12/28:

“On Dec. 28, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California has opted in to the federal COVID-19 Pharmacy Partnership which will provide Pfizer vaccines to residents and staff in long-term care facilities at no cost to the state or local government. CVS and Walgreens will administer the Pfizer vaccine to residents and staff in long-term care facilities starting with nursing homes, which will take an estimated 3-4 weeks, and then they will vaccinate staff and residents in assisted living, residential care and other long-term care facilities.
The program will enable counties to leverage CVS and Walgreens pharmacy staff to administer the vaccine more broadly with pharmacy staff going directly to care facilities. Skilled Nursing Facilities will receive vaccines from staff from CVS and Walgreens. Approximately 499 nursing homes will be provided vaccines by CVS and 357 by Walgreens. The vaccines will be administered by pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and nurses. Pharmacy technicians are participating under a recent waiver by the Board of Pharmacy that requires appropriate supervision under California law and specialized training.

Specifically, the program:

– Schedules and coordinates on-site vaccine clinic dates directly with each facility. Pharmacy staff will visit each facility several times to ensure that all residents and employees who wish to be vaccinated get the vaccine.
– Orders vaccines and associated supplies (e.g. syringes, needles, personal protective equipment).
– Ensures cold storage for the vaccine.
– Provides on-site administration of the vaccine to all residents and staff.”

Link to press release: http://bit.ly/3ozglvS

From the State: Initially vaccine supply will be very limited. California is making sure that these supplies are distributed and administered equitably. At first, vaccines will be provided to healthcare workers and long-term care residents in accordance with the CDPH Allocation Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccine During Phase 1A.

After healthcare workers and long-term care residents, the next to be vaccinated will be individuals who have higher risk for severe disease or death (due to age or other factors), who are unable to work at home, who live or work in geographic areas that have been highly impacted, or who are most likely to spread disease to other workers or to the public. These individuals will be prioritized as follows:

Phase 1A
– Healthcare workers
– Long-term care residents

Phase 1B
1B Tier One
– Individuals 75 and older
– Those at risk of exposure at work in the following sectors: education, childcare, emergency services, and food and agriculture

1B Tier Two
– Individuals 65 -74 years of age
– Those at risk of exposure at work in the following sectors: transportation and logistics; industrial, commercial, residential, and sheltering facilities and services; critical manufacturing
– Congregate settings with outbreak risk: incarcerated and homeless

Phase 1C
– Individuals 50-64 years of age
– People 16-64 years of age and have an underlying health condition or disability which increases their risk of severe COVID-19
– Those at risk of exposure at work in the following sectors: water and wastewater; defense; energy; chemical and hazardous materials; communications and IT; financial services; government operations / community-based essential functions

For more information see the State Website: https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/

Link to CDPH Allocation Guidelines: https://bit.ly/33XImoi

Providing information about the COVID-19 vaccine and how to avoid scams related to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in plain language. The COVID-19 vaccine information provides answers to questions about the vaccine including, what it is, who can get it and when, if individuals need to be vaccinated, how it works, if it’s safe, and how to make a decision on whether or not they should be vaccinated.
To avoid COVID-19 vaccine related scams, the SCDD would like to inform individuals of the following information:
– They will likely not need to pay anything out-of-pocket to get the vaccine
– Do not pay to put their name on a list to get the vaccine
– Do not pay to get early access to the vaccine.
– No one will be knocking on their door to give them the vaccine.
– They will not be contacted by anyone from Medicare or the Health Department.
– They will not be asked from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company for any personal information such as their Medicare number, Social Security number, or their credit card or bank account information in order to sign up to get the vaccine.
– If they are unsure that they are encountering a scam, they can talk to someone that they trust like a family member, regional center, service coordinator, or call their SCDD regional office.

No restrictions, but the information is created with individuals who have developmental disabilities in mind.

SCDD, North State Office – (530) 895-4027. M-F: 9am-5pm

Link to information: http://conta.cc/3pyOwna

On October 22, FDA approved Veklury (remdesivir) for use in adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age and older and weighing at least 40 kg) for the treatment of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization. Veklury should only be administered in a hospital or in a healthcare setting capable of providing acute care comparable to inpatient hospital care.

Link to Frequently Asked Questions for Remdesivir:
tinyurl.com/fda-faq-veklury

Butte County

Offering a web page containing information about a COVID-19 vaccine including when it will be available, if it will be safe, who will be able to get vaccinated, why a vaccine is necessary, and what individuals can do to protect themselves until a vaccine is available. Must have internet access and a device capable of accessing the internet.

The web page is available at: https://bit.ly/33HCIGS

Please Note:  At this time, the vaccine is BY INVITATION ONLY. Butte County Public Health is asking that individuals please DO NOT contact Public Health or local hospitals to schedule their vaccine.

Offering registration forms that Butte County residents may submit to be notified when the COVID-19 vaccine is available for the phase and tier in which they are categorized, as defined by the California Department of Public Health. Once the vaccine is available to them, Butte County Public Health will notify them by email.

Please Note: This registration process does NOT book a vaccination appointment, but collects contact information so individuals can be notified when they are eligible to be invited for the vaccine.

A valid e-mail address is required to register and get notified. Separate forms will be available for individuals, business/organization, and individuals or groups who think they may have been missed during the phase and tier in which they are categorized. There will also be a form to sign-up to be a vaccine provider.

Individuals may register using this form, http://bit.ly/35Go9Eu. Those who are unable to register because they do not have an email address can call the COVID-19 Call Center at 530-552-3050 to check in on the availability of the vaccine M-F: 8am-4:30pm.

Businesses/Organizations may register using this form, http://bit.ly/3qkrUHx.

Individuals who think they may have been missed during Phase 1a may notify Butte County Public Health by sending an email with the subject header “COVID Vaccine – You Missed Me” to wemissedyou@buttecounty.net

Forms are currently not available at this time for healthcare providers/facilities to sign-up to be a vaccine provider, but when available they can be found on Butte County Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine web page. See BCPH’s COVID-19 Vaccine web page here: http://bit.ly/33HCIGS

Providing a survey to childcare providers in Butte County that can be used to register to be notified when the COVID-19 vaccine is available.
Open to all professional providers who are currently providing in-person care to children including home and center based, licensed and unlicensed, afterschool and extended learning at school sites and community sites and respite care who have not already been invited to receive the vaccine. Child Care Providers that have already been invited to receive the vaccine, do not need to respond to the survey.

English Survey :http://bit.ly/3oMwNsI

Spanish Survey: http://bit.ly/3iiW7nO

“BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – The State has allocated nearly 10,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Butte County, which includes approximately 3,000 doses from Pfizer and 7,000 doses from Moderna. Of these doses, Butte County Public Health (BCPH) has allocated almost 5,000 to Enloe Medical Center, with an anticipated delivery date of late next week.

These early doses of both vaccines will be prioritized to healthcare workers who are most at risk of exposure to COVID-19. The vaccine is not available to other healthcare workers or the general public at this time.

This is the first vaccine allocation for Phase 1 – additional doses will be allocated as:
· Supply increases
· Additional local healthcare providers are identified and invited by BCPH to register with the State
as an approved COVID-19 vaccine provider
· New Phases of distribution are activated.

BCPH anticipates that additional acute care hospitals in Butte County will complete the registration process in time to receive allocations for the next order. Orders will be placed weekly, every Thursday. Healthcare providers who have not been contacted directly by BCPH to register with CDPH as a vaccine provider are not currently identified to receive the vaccine in the first phase of distribution. These providers should wait to be contacted by BCPH. BCPH continues to receive information from the federal and state government about vaccine prioritization, allocation, requirements, and timelines, and will continue to share that information with stakeholders and the public as it is received.”

View more information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Butte County: www.buttecounty.net/ph/COVID19/vaccine

Link to Press Release:  https://bit.ly/2W5UXBD

Chico, CA – January 11, 2021 – Butte County Public Health is partnering with Chico Unified School District to offer vaccination opportunities to approximately 1,500 educational employees as early as this week.
On January 7, 2021, Butte County Public Health entered Phase 1B of the state of California’s Prioritization Tiers. Included under the Tier 1 to be vaccinating next are “frontline essential workers” which includes education. Butte County Public Health continues to be a partner with our school nurses and staff to help navigate in-person education during a global pandemic.
Chico Unified School District remains committed to collaborating with Public Health to help minimize COVID-19 transmission on our school campuses and larger community.
In addition, Chico Unified continues to support surveillance testing. Staff surveillance testing was added to the district-wide health and safety precautions in December to maximize the early detection of potential COVID-positive staff members.

Link to Chico Unified School District’s News and Announcements:
http://www.chicousd.org/News/index.html

Released 01/07:

“California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has established a prioritized, phased, and tiered approach for getting the vaccine out to individuals who would like to receive it and Butte County will be following this approach. The vaccine distribution plan in Butte County along with a graphic detailing the plan is available on Butte County’s COVID-19 Vaccine website. An update about the vaccine will also be provided almost every Thursday on BCPH’s Facebook page.

Butte County is currently in Phase 1A and just moved into the first portion of Phase 1B. Those who are eligible to receive the vaccine in this category will be contacted directly by their employer or health care provider about when and where they will be able to get the vaccine when the sector opens. BCPH is asking that individuals please DO NOT contact Public Health or local hospitals to ask about scheduling their vaccine as staff are currently overwhelmed with vaccine planning and distribution efforts. The vaccine is estimated to be available to the general public in Spring 2021, but this timeline is subject to change based on vaccine availability.

Once individuals have been vaccinated, BCPH is still recommending that they wear a face covering and continue to practice non-pharmaceutical interventions (social distancing, washing hands, routing screening and testing, etc.). The vaccine prevents individuals from getting sick but it does not prevent individuals from transmitting the virus.”

Link to Press Conference: http://bit.ly/3bjfhbp

Link to BCPH COVID-19 Vaccine web page: http://www.buttecounty.net/ph/COVID19/vaccine

On December 3, 2020 Butte County Public Health held a press conference providing COVID-19 updates and one of the topics addressed was a vaccine for COVID-19.
Pfizer and Moderna have applied for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for their vaccine and if approved by the FDA, the distribution vaccine may begin by the end of the year or early next year. The State of California has assembled a COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force that will provide an extra layer of review for safety of any vaccine granted approval by the FDA.
The state is currently developing a vaccine distribution plan and it will include a phased approach for providing the vaccine based on vaccine supply and the prioritization of at risk populations. The phases are still being finalized, but the first phase will prioritize health care workers caring for COVID-19 patients. Each phase will prioritize certain populations and eventually the general public.
Butte County Public Health is working with the state on developing a vaccine distribution plan within the county. Once completed the plan will be available to the public on Butte County Public Health’s COVID-19 website. The plan will explain how Butte County Public Health plans to join with other local healthcare partners to distribute the vaccines that are allocated to the county by the state.

Link to Press Conference: https://bit.ly/39Ku9yP

– Do not pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine
– Do not pay for early access to the vaccine
– Do not give out your social security number, bank account or credit card numbers
– Ignore any vaccine offers that ask for your personal or financial information

Glenn County

Provides basic information about the COVID-19 vaccines from CDC and WHO, as well as a video from the Health Officer. It will be populated with additional information as needed. Must have internet access and a device capable of accessing the internet.

The web page is available at: :https://bit.ly/2W7hKgB

Please Note the vaccine is being administered by appointment only: Glenn County residents 75 and older and those 65 and older with underlying medical conditions can now be vaccinated for COVID-19. Those who meet the criteria for vaccination, may call Glenn County Public Health to schedule their appointment at (530)-934-6588, M-F: 8am-5pm. The vaccine is free.

Now offering COVID-19 vaccination to Glenn County residents who are older adults and meet the criteria for vaccination per Glenn County’s Vaccination Plan.

To be considered, individuals must be Glenn County residents who are:
– 75 years and older
– 65-74 years with underlying medical conditions/ disabilities that place them at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness and death

Those who meet the criteria for vaccination, may call Glenn County Public Health to schedule their appointment at (530)-934-6588, M-F: 8am-5pm. Glenn County Public Health is asking that ONLY individuals who meet the vaccination criteria contact them at this time.

Please be patient when calling Glenn County Public Health as the phone lines may be busy due to the limited number of staff and phone lines available.

Glenn County Vaccination Plan: https://bit.ly/2KaYv36

Providing a video where Jared Garrison, the Glenn County Health Officer provides information about the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer including when it will be available in Glenn County, the priority for vaccination, how safe and effective the vaccine is, and some concerns about the vaccine including long term data and immunity. Must have internet access and a device capable of accessing the internet and viewing videos. 

Link to video: https://bit.ly/3gspu6b