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: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Community-Vaccine-Advisory-Committee.aspx. 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
- 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
- Tier 1
- 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.
Ryan Gruver, Director of Nevada County Health & Human Services