For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 24, 2021
Progress in vaccinating oldest residents makes room for next group
San Rafael, CA – Having vaccinated more than 60% of all Marin County residents above age 65, Marin County is moving to provide COVID-19 vaccine to educators, food service workers, and other essential workers, following the regulations laid out in the California state vaccination plan.
Starting February 24, all residents who fall into Tier 1 of the current phase of the state plan are eligible to schedule appointments for vaccinations. The following sectors are eligible for vaccinations:
“We’ve made a lot of progress in vaccinating our health care workers and older residents, and it’s time to move ahead to protect our essential workers,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County’s Public Health Officer. ”Vaccinating teachers, food service workers, and others who have been on the front lines will offer our community another crucial layer of protection as we roll out the vaccine.”
While workers in the five sectors are now eligible to receive a vaccine anywhere in the Bay Area, vaccine appointments remain in limited supply. Vaccine providers remain challenged by limited allocations from state and federal sources. Measures are being taken to reserve doses for those at highest risk, and some health care providers may continue to prioritize vaccine for patients who are 65 and older and have not yet had an opportunity to be vaccinated.
Marin County Public Health will engage employers of the essential workforce groups to connect employees with vaccination options. In addition, essential workers eligible for vaccine will be able to access vaccine through commercial pharmacies such as Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid and neighboring vaccine sites offered through the state’s MyTurn appointment system. More pharmacies plan to start offering vaccine to Marin residents in the next two weeks as doses become available.
A list of Marin-based vaccine providers, including eligibility and appointment information, is listed on Public Health’s vaccine options webpage.
Marin County Public Health and health care providers began an immunization program for those 75 and older on January 21. Vaccinations for Marin residents age 65-74 opened on February 15. Older adults were prioritized in Marin and across the state because of their vulnerability to, and risk of severe outcomes from, the COVID-19 virus.
To date, 19.3% of Marin residents – more than 50,000 people – have received at least one dose of vaccine, in addition to thousands more Marin-based health care workers who live in other counties but help care for Marin residents.
Vaccinations will continue for any remaining Phase 1A-eligible health care workers, first responders, residents of long-term care facilities and those 65 and older. Once someone is eligible to be immunized against COVID-19, they remain eligible even as additional groups become qualified to access the vaccine.
To help connect eligible residents with available appointments, the County has created an online interest form. Residents can answer a few questions to be subscribed to receive email, text message, or pre-recorded phone call notifications when their turn has arrived and how to pursue a vaccine appointment. The form is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese on Public Health’s vaccine webpage.
Everything a resident needs to know about the vaccination process can be read on coronavirus.marinhhs.org/vaccine, including frequently asked questions, and myths versus facts. Stay informed of progress by subscribing to Public Health’s daily status updates. The emails contain information on vaccine progress, announcements of when new vaccination phases open, and other relevant COVID-19 information.
Laine HendricksPublic Information OfficerCounty Administrator's Office
3501 Civic Center DriveSuite #325San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-7496Email: Laine HendricksCounty Administrator website