Update on California's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

Update on California’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

Californians have made extraordinary sacrifices to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Help is on the way as the state begins its rollout of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.

To help answer some of the most frequently asked questions, below is information about California’s phased distribution and where in the process we are today.

The state is currently in Phase 1A. There are three tiers in Phase 1A, and counties are moving through these tiers at different speeds depending on local supply and demand.

Last Thursday, state officials announced new guidelines to local health departments, authorizing them to give shots to lower-priority groups if demand is low among people in higher-priority categories, or if doses are about to expire. Once agencies have completed efforts to offer the vaccine to everyone in Phase 1A, they can then move to Phase 1B, which has two tiers.

There is no estimated start date yet for Phase 1C but the hope is to offer everyone in this group their first shot by late spring.

Phase 2 is still being finalized and will likely change in the coming weeks or months. For more information about the recommendation process, visit the Community Vaccine Advisory Committee website. Public comments can be sent by email to COVID19vaccineoutreach@cdph.ca.gov.

Additional/Local Resources:

Comprehensive information about the state’s “Vaccinate All 58” phased distribution plan can be found at: https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/

Again, counties are moving through these phases and tiers at different speeds depending upon supply and demand locally.

For additional questions about vaccines and the state’s distribution plan, please reach out to the California Department of Public Health through their phone hotline at 1-833-422-4255 or via email at covidcallcter@cdph.ca.gov.


Ben Hueso
State Senator
40th District