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Vaccine Roll-out for California Water and Wastewater Workers

California's roll-out plan as of 1/11/21
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According to the California Department of Public Health, water and wastewater workers will be offered the vaccine starting in Phase 1C. This is a rapidly changing plan, please check back often.

As an example of a possible timeline, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health estimates Phase 1C will start for county residents in March and that everyone in this phase should have been offered at least one dose by late April/early May. LA CDPH cautions the timing may change.

On January 7th, CDPH announced counties can begin vaccinating people in the next phase as soon as demand starts to subside for the current phase. Phase 1B is expected to begin soon statewide accord to news reports.

As of January 9th, a total of 734,405 vaccine doses have been administered statewide. A total of 2,180,725 vaccine doses, which includes the first and second dose, have been shipped to local health departments in multiple counties.

California’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

Phase 1A

About 3 million people, this phase is in progress.

  • Healthcare workers
  • Long-term care residents

See CDPH Allocation Guidelines for Phase 1a.

Phase 1B

1B Tier One:
  • Individuals 65 and older
  • Those at risk of exposure at work in the following sectors: construction, education, childcare, emergency services, restaurants and food/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
  • Incarcerated and homeless

Phase 1C

  • Individuals 50-64 years of age
  • People 16-49 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; and community-based essential functions

Vaccination plans for each county are available at the county websites.

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