COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Editor’s Note: I received this thoughtful email from the Director of the County’s Health and Human Services department, so I thought I’d share it here. I also followed up with an interview with Mr. Gruver.

Hi Mr. Pelline,

I was alerted to your Facebook post about vaccine timing, and I wanted to reach out to see if I can get you a bit more information. As you’re probably aware, the Federal Government has put out guidelines for vaccine prioritization, and California has been utilizing a public process to develop phases and tiers that are consistent with the Federal guidelines.

The state’s Community Advisory Committee has a variety of helpful documents here: They have already approved the eligible populations for Phase 1a, and there is a proposal for Phase 1b that they will be voting on in a public meeting tomorrow. Phase 1B and 1C tentatively include some segments of the general public, and then Phase 2 is basically everyone. Here is an outline of what we know:

  • Phase 1a
    • Tier 1 – Acute Care Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Long-term care settings, paramedics, dialysis centers
    • Tier 2 – Intermediate care, home healthcare, community healthcare, public health field staff, primary care clinics
    • Tier 3 – Specialty Clinics, Lab Workers, Dental, Pharmacy staff not working in sectors above
  • Proposed Phase 1b
    • Tier 1
      • Education and Childcare
      • Emergency Services
      • Food/Ag
    • Persons 75 and Older (regardless of underlying conditions) and person’s between
    • Tier 2
      • 65 and 74 with underlying conditions
      • Frontline Critical Infrastructure and vulnerable populations
        • Transportation/Logistics/Incarcerated/Homeless
  • Proposed Phase 1C
    • Persons 65 to 74 (regardless of underlying conditions) and persons 64 and under with underlying conditions
    • Other critical infrastructure workers
  • Proposed Phase 2
    • Everyone Else

While that provides the relative sequence, I recognize that it doesn’t provide the absolute dates for which so many are clamoring. To be clear, anyone that tells you they know for a certainty when the general public will start getting vaccine is not being honest.

At this point we just don’t know exactly how much vaccine will be delivered by when, and thus how quickly we’ll be able to work through the various phases and tiers. With that said, the state has put out an estimated timeline here, which I’ve summarized below.

Keep in mind that this is based on an estimated number of people in each phase, and the estimated deliveries of vaccine. So it’s an estimate based on two estimates.

  • Phase 1A – Now through January
  • Phase 1B – End of January/February
  • Phase 1C – Spring, possibly as early as late February
  • Phase 2 – Spring/Summer

We’ll be updating our website soon to provide this information in a clear and concise way.

Thank you,

Ryan Gruver, Director of Nevada County Health & Human Services

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

3 thoughts on “COVID-19 Vaccine Update”

  1. Seems reasonable. Perhaps a national electronic registry of those vaccinated and an ATM card that retrieves your information and image, could be used to expedite airline travel, admission to theaters and restaurants, etc. Maybe only the vaccinated should be allowed these venues, after July 1, 2021?

  2. “Proposed Phase 1C (probably in the spring? NOT GOOD ENOUGH for this guy!)
    Persons 65 to 74 (regardless of underlying conditions) and persons 64 and under with underlying conditions”
    There are people with underlying conditions and then there are people with highly complex underlying conditions, it is definitely not a one size fits all for risk factors. What is coming more into focus with severe Covid infections is how the immune system will start going haywire and attack the body, and then usually followed by death. With a person who has had a bone marrow transplant from donor marrow that is a reality with any infection, called graft-versus-host. I hate to think what kind of immune system war would go on in me with a Covid-19 infection.
    C’mon vaccines!

  3. As of today we have 2565 cases and 50 deaths in a county of 100,000 people. We have gotten 1800 + doses of the vaccine. You are supposed to get two shots, two weeks apart. No indication of more vaccine on the horizon. Math.
    Speaking of math, we got a $40 charge for my covid test at Yuba Docs.

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