STATE REVISES VACCINE GUIDANCE TO INCLUDE AGES 65+ | Inyo County Officially Makes Change

 STATE REVISES VACCINE GUIDANCE TO INCLUDE AGES 65+ | Inyo County Makes Change

Yesterday, the California Department of Public Health revised the California COVID-19 vaccination plan to include individuals 65 and older in Phase 1B Tier 1, along with non-medical first responders, teachers, school support staff, and childcare workers, and high-exposure front-line workers in the food and agriculture industry.  Previously, Phase 1B Tier 1 included persons age 75 and over.  This change greatly expands the number of persons eligible for vaccine under the county’s current tier.

Inyo County Public Health and key vaccination partners including Northern Inyo Healthcare District, Southern Inyo Healthcare District, and Vons Pharmacy in Bishop are building the infrastructure to vaccinate the estimated 8,000 people in Phase 1B Tier 1 as quickly as vaccine becomes available.  Vaccine supplies are currently extremely limited in Inyo and throughout the state. Vaccine prioritization in California is as follows:

Phase 1A
Currently vaccinating
Phase 1B
Starting week of January 11
Phase 1C
Estimated start: mid-summer
Healthcare workersLong-term care residents 1B Tier One:Individuals 65 and older

Those at risk of exposure at work in the following sectors:

  • Education and childcare
  • Emergency service
  • Food and agriculture

1B Tier Two:

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
  • Homeless
Individuals 50 -64 years of agePeople 16-49 years of age who 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

 


To receive updates and get on the list to hear when vaccine appointments become available to people in your tier, please visit https://www.inyocounty.us/covid-19/vaccine-information  and sign up for the COVID Vaccine Registration list.

 

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