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Vaccine Roll-out for California Water and Wastewater Workers

California's roll-out plan as of 2/26/21
Compiled by Alec Mackie, CWEA, Emerging Issues

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Updated 2/25/21

In mid-February the Phase 1C category disappeared from the State’s vaccine roll-out webpage. This was the phase where water and wastewater workers could start to receive the vaccine. CWEA and other water associations are investigating what has happened to this phase for water and wastewater workers.

The State is allowing vaccination centers and hospitals to vaccinate Californians ages 16-64 at risk for COVID starting March 15th. Eligible health conditions are listed in this CDPH memo to vaccination centers.

Stay tuned for updates…

According to an update in January 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.


  • As of February 23rd 7,763,668 vaccines have been administered statewide. A total of 10,302,040 vaccine doses (first and second dose) have shipped
  • In mid-February phase 1C disappeared from the State’s vaccine roll-out webpage
  • As of January 30th, a total of 3,266,914 vaccine doses have been administered statewide. A total of 4,759,750 vaccine doses (first and second dose) have shipped
  • On January 26th, Governor Newsom announced vaccination priority would shift to an age-based eligibility system.
  • On January 13th, CDPH announced all Californians 65 years of age or older can be vaccinated. Local county health departments are in charge of setting up distribution systems and supporting local health systems to set-up appointment systems.
  • 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.

California’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

Phase 1A

About 3 million people, this phase is in progress. NOW VACCINATING

  • 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:
    • education and childcare
    • emergency services
    • restaurants, 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/services
    • critical manufacturing
    • construction workers
  • Incarcerated and homeless

Phase 1C

This phase disappeared from the State’s roll-out website. CWEA and others are asking the State for more info.

  • 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

Visit to learn more.

CDPH has released toolkits to help announce and explain the COVID 19 vaccines. Visit the COVID-19 Response Toolkit page to find images and videos you can post on social media.