As of January 21, 2021 El Dorado County vaccine information:
1400 doses Moderna and 975 Pfizer to arrive next week.
The State has prioritized vaccination rollout into phases; the first, Phase 1A, is sub-prioritized into tiers, as shown below. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/CDPH-Allocation-Guidelines-for-COVID-19-Vaccine-During-Phase-1A-Recommendations.aspx
Working with a multi-agency coordination group, the first allotments of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to El Dorado County has been allocated to frontline health care workers at both hospitals in the county (Marshall Medical in Placerville and Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe), Emergency Medical Services first responders, as well as long term care facility staff due to their congregate environments.
Many long term care facilities are participating in a federal program to receive vaccinations for their additional staff and residents that will follow shortly behind the county allocation and from a different supply and distribution chain.
We are currently in Phase 1A, all tiers and Phase1B tier 1 with an emphasis on residents 65 and older.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What El Dorado County facilities are receiving doses of the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: The County is following State guidelines in developing its COVID-19 vaccine allocation plan. It is a phased and tiered approach.
Phase 1a includes people at risk of exposure through their work in any role in direct health care or long-term care settings. As such, Barton Health and Marshall Medical received the first allocation of Pfizer vaccine.
Q: When are they receiving their doses?
A: Barton received its first allotment on Dec. 17th, 2020; Marshall received its first allotment on December 20th. Both have received additional doses weekly.
Q: Who will be vaccinated first?
A: Phase 1a only includes health care workers and employees at skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and similar long-term care settings for older or medically vulnerable individuals. The majority of our County's skilled nursing and long-term care facilities are under a federal program to receive doses. See information about this program here.
Q: When will fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel be vaccinated?
A: They began receiving the Moderna vaccine December 23rd.
Q: When will our Community Health Center workers be vaccinated?
A: They began receiving the Moderna vaccine December 23rd.
Q: When will Phase 1a be completed?
A: We completed the bulk of Phase 1a eligible residents the week of January 18th, but continue to vaccinate people in Phase 1a as we move along the timeline.
Q: When will vaccines be available for essential workers, teachers and the general public?
A: We opened appointments to those in Phase 1b the week of January 18th. We are hopeful all El Dorado County residents who wish to be vaccinated will have the opportunity by Summer 2021.
Q: Will I still need to wear a mask after getting the vaccine?
A: Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, staying at least six feet away from others, and not gathering with people you don't live with. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC's recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.
Together, COVID-19 vaccination and recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. We need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before we change recommendations on mask use.
Q: How many vaccine doses are needed to be fully effective?
A: The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses to be fully effective. The manufactured doses should not be interchanged, i.e., if your first dose is from Pfizer, the second needs to be from Pfizer. The second dose of Pfizer should be administered no sooner than three weeks after the first dose; the second dose of Moderna should be administered no sooner than 28 days after the first dose.
Q: Will a flu vaccine protect me against COVID-19?
A: Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, however flu vaccination has many other important benefits. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death. Getting a flu vaccine this fall will be more important than ever, not only to reduce your risk from flu but also to help conserve potentially scarce health care and public health resources. Coinfection has been shown to dramatically increase mortality rate by up to 43%.
Q: What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: Among the 36,000+ people who have received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine through phase 3 clinical trials (Pfizer and Moderna), no serious safety concerns have been reported. Some participants reported transient side effects including: sore arm, fever, muscle pain and fatigue that resolved in 24 hours. Older adults reported fewer and milder side effects. In a small percentage of cases these side effects were severe — defined as preventing daily activities.
Q: Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
A: None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms that are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity, including fever. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.
It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it's possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.
Q: If I've recovered from COVID-19, do I still need to get a vaccine?
A: Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, people may be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before. At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person. Some early evidence suggests natural immunity may not last very long. We won't know how long immunity produced by vaccination lasts until we have a vaccine and more data on how well it works.
Q: What can I expect when I get vaccinated?
A: Please read the following from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention