Updated March 4, 2021
Consistent with state and county guidelines, we are currently vaccinating John Muir Health patients who are in the 75+ age group and patients in the 65 - 74 age group. Both age groups will have appointment slots reserved. We are also reserving a portion of our appointment slots for patients in these age groups who live in parts of our community that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
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We are heartened by the great interest in receiving the vaccine as it is the most effective way to end the pandemic. At this time, we only have vaccine supply allocated for our patients in the 65 – 74 and 75+ age groups. We are not able to accommodate requests for vaccinations for anyone who is not in the age groups whom we are currently vaccinating and who we have not contacted to schedule an appointment. We understand this may be frustrating and we appreciate your patience. We are looking forward to the time when we will be able to offer the vaccine to more of our patients.
Our goal is to vaccinate as many of our patients as possible, as soon as we have vaccine supply. At this time, we do not know when we will receive vaccines to administer to patients in this group. The County is currently estimating that Phase 1C, which includes people age 50-64 and people age 16-64 with high-risk medical conditions, will be in the Spring. We are working very closely with our county and state health departments. We understand that not knowing when you may receive the vaccine may be frustrating and we appreciate your patience. We are looking forward to the time when we will be able to offer the vaccine to more of our patients.
The California Department of Public Health and Contra Costa Health Services have recently added to the groups that are now, or will soon be, eligible to receive the vaccine, including essential workers. Contra Costa County and Alameda County are currently vaccinating essential workers, including people who work in agriculture and food, education and childcare, and emergency services. If you are an essential worker who lives or works in Contra Costa, you may register for a vaccine appointment either with Contra Costa County or with MyTurn, the CA state registry. Essential workers who live or work in Alameda County may register with MyTurn.
The eligibility announcement by the state and county have not come with the promise of additional vaccine doses so John Muir Health is continuing to prioritize patients age 65+ at this time. We began offering the vaccine to patients 65-74 on February 15 and still have many thousands of patients in that age group and the 75+ age group to vaccinate. These are two age groups most at risk for severe disease, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. People in these age groups account for 80% of the deaths caused by COVID-19 so far during the pandemic. We know that it may be frustrating that John Muir Health is not currently able to vaccinate essential workers based on the vaccine doses we are receiving, which can vary greatly week-to-week. We very much hope that essential workers in our area can receive a vaccine through the state or county soon.
Contra Costa County provided John Muir Health with an allotment of 750 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for independent primary care and urgent care physicians and their patient-facing staff. We have now used up that allocation from the County and are not scheduling additional vaccine appointments for independent healthcare providers at John Muir Health at this time.
To schedule vaccinations for independent healthcare providers through the County, please go to their website and fill out this form. Appointments will only be provided to eligible health care professionals who live or work in Contra Costa County.
Thank you for helping to care for our community at this critical time.
The California Department of Public Health and Contra Costa Health Services have recently added to the groups that are now, or will soon be, eligible to receive the vaccine. These announcements have not come with the promise of additional vaccine doses so JMH is continuing to prioritize patients age 65+ at this time, as we still have many thousands of patients in that age group and the 75+ age group to vaccinate.
The state announced that as of March 15, health care providers can use their clinical judgment to vaccinate patients’ age 18-64 who are deemed to be at the highest risk of getting very sick from a COVID-19 infection because they have a severe health condition.
Severe conditions as defined by the state include:
We have identified the number of patients in this category at John Muir Health and are assessing how many we can add to our vaccination clinics on a weekly basis. As with our current eligible groups, we will eventually be contacting patients in this category to schedule vaccination appointments. We will provide more details as plans are finalized.
We greatly appreciate your patience as we continue to care for our community while also offering the vaccine to our patients based on state and county guidelines and the doses allocated to us. We are heartened by the great interest in receiving the vaccine as it is the most effective way to end the pandemic.