Coronavirus Vaccine

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​Who will get the vaccine and when?​

To ensure the limited supply of the vaccine is distributed equitably, distribution is guided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The vaccine will be provided in phases to those with highest risk. Sacramento County Public Health will be working with local partners including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and clinics for vaccine distribution. 

When Can I Get Vaccinated?  Sacramento County is currently u​sing the limited allocation of vaccines to inoculate Phase 1a Tier 1 – 3 priority list of workers – healthcare, first responders and congregate care setting staff. The state has also released availability for 65+ residents to request vaccines. At this time, residents ​who are 65+ should wait to receive more information from their healthcare provider and/or public health regarding vaccination information.​ Monitor this vaccination webpage for timely updates on new phases, vaccine availability and prioritization of groups. ​Learn about the SCPH Vaccine Status on Jan. 14, 2021.

​Current Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) COVID-19 Vaccination Schedule

​CDPH Allocation Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccine 

(January 2021: Timelines and allocation groups are subject to change)

​Phase 1A​

​Tier 1 (*SCPH ​Vaccinating Now)

​Tier 2 (*SCPH ​Vaccinating Now)

​Tier 3 (*SCPH ​Vaccinating Now)

Health system providers to vaccinate hospital staff by providers

  • *Acute care, psychiatric and correctional facility hospital staff
  • *Staff at skilled nursing/assisted living facilities, and similar settings for older or those medically vulnerable (staff)
  • *Residents in long-term care settings
  • *Paramedics, EMTs, and others providing emergency medical services
  • *Dialysis center staff
  • *​Intermediate care facility clients
  • *Home health care and in-home supportive services staff
  • *Community health workers, including
  • *Public health field medical services staff
  • *Staff at primary care clinics, including federally qualified health centers, rural health centers, correctional facility clinics, and urgent care clinics
  • *​Staff at specialty clinics
  • *Laboratory workers
  • *Dental/oral health clinic staff
  • *​​Pharmacy staff not in higher tiers/risk settings

​​Phase 1B 

Tier 1

  • ​Those 75 years and older.
  • Frontline essential workers, including, education, law enforcement, emergency services, food and agriculture. 

​Tier 2
  • Those 65-74 years of age
  • Frontline essential workers, including manufacturing, transportation, facilities and services
  • Congregate settings including incarcerated and people experiencing homelessness

​​​Phase 1C 

​Final Recommendation Being Determined by CDPH

  • Age 50+
  • Those 16-64 years old with high-risk medical conditions.
  • Other essential workers​: Water/waste management; defense; energy; communication & IT; finance​, hazardous materials; government; operations / community service 

Goals for vaccination if supply is limited

To determine which groups should receive limited COVID-19 vaccines, the following goals are recommended:

  • Decrease death and serious disease as much as possible
  • Preserve functioning of society
  • Reduce the extra burden the disease is having on people already facing disparities
  • Increase the chance for everyone to enjoy health and well-being​
CDPH: COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Allocated​

The health and safety of the public is the top priority, but some may still have concerns about getting vaccinated for COVID-19. While these vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

Summary of the benefits

​The COVID-19 vacci​​​​nation:

  • Is a safer way to help build protection than contracting the COVID-19 virus. Although some have higher risk factors for having severe illness or dying, there is no way to know how seriously COVID-19 will affect your health.  
  • Will help keep you from getting seriously ill from COVID-19.  Based on what we currently know, vaccination may also protect people around you while we continue to wear masks and social distance. 
  • Will be an important tool to fight the virus if you are exposed. However, it is important to still social distance and wear a mask as experts learn more about the transmission and length of vaccine potency. 
  • Will not give you COVID-19 because it does not contain the live virus.

To learn more, visit the CDC Website: Benefits of Getting the Vaccine.

Coronavirus Variant Strain

It’s been reported by the CDC that a variant strain has been found in the U.S. – including in California. For details about the variant strain and the vaccine, visit the CDC website​. In the meantime, everyone should use the tools we’ve been using to slow the spread of the virus: stay home as much as possible, socially distance, always wear a mask in public, and do not gather with non-household members.


When a vaccine is found to meet safety and effectiveness standards by the FDA, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will review the data before making vaccine use recommendations to CDC. The vaccines can then be made available for use in the U.S. by approval or emergency used authorization. 

With most COVID-19 vaccines, you will need two shots a few weeks apart for them to work. It will take a week or two after the second shot for your body to build protection. 

Vaccine Safety Monitoring

After a vaccine is authorized or approved for use, many vaccine safety monitoring systems watch for adverse events (possible side effects). This monitoring is critical to help ensure that the benefits continue to outweigh the risks for people who receive vaccines. CDC will link with existing monitoring systems to new safety surveillance systems:

  • CDC: V-SAFE — A new smartphone-based, after-vaccination health checker for people who receive COVID-19 vaccines.
  • CDC: National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) — A monitoring system for acute care and long-term care facilities. 

Expected and temporary vaccine side effects

COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19, but you may have some side effects: 

The common and temporary side effects that are expected after a COVID-19 vaccination may affect your ability to do some activities, but should go away in a few days – such as arm pain, red swelling at injection site, fever, chills, tiredness, and headache. However, these mild side effects can be lessened by taking over-the-counter medicine such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. It also helps to drink plenty of fluids, exercise your arm, and apply a clean, damp washcloth over the area. After 24 hours, if the redness/tenderness increases or after a few days the side effects are not going away, call your healthcare provider. Remember to get the second shot even if you have side effects after the first shot, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get a second shot.

Possible allergic reaction

Some people may have severe allergic reactions to an ingredient in vaccines. CDC has learned of reports that some people have experienced severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. 

CDC recommends that everyone who receives the COVID-19 vaccines should be monitored onsite for an additional 15 minutes for severe allergic reaction. Those with a history of severe allergic reactions should be monitored for 30 minutes. If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 9-1-1.

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