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CHANGING VACCINE PRIORITIES FOR MENDOCINO COUNTY

Post Date: 02/22/2021 8:00 PM The County of Mendocino is continuing to vaccinate all individuals in Phase IA, all tiers. We have moved on to Phase IB Tier 1 including those over 75 years old, EMS,…

Post Date: 02/22/2021 8:00 PM

The County of Mendocino is continuing to vaccinate all individuals in Phase IA, all tiers. We have moved on to Phase IB Tier 1 including those over 75 years old, EMS, School and Childcare Staff, and Food and Agricultural workers. The latter includes people directly involved in growing, harvesting, production, preparing, selling, cooking and serving food products as well as cannabis and lumber. At this time, the County has vaccinated a large number who have desired the vaccine in these groups.

The demand from these groups continues to fill vaccine events in some areas of the County, while other areas are finding it difficult to fill schedules within the current list of those eligible. The current Framework continues to be a valuable guide to equitable distribution while protecting our community. Now we must expand our criteria.

Therefore, starting Monday, February 22, 2021, current eligibility for vaccination in Mendocino County will include:

People in Phase IA, all tiers, and Phase IB Tier 1 including those over 75 years old, EMS, School and Childcare Staff, and Food and Agricultural workers.

In addition, we will now accept those people over 65 years of age.

IDENTIFICATION for eligibility is required only to confirm age and identity. If eligible for occupational reasons, a pay stub, note from current or past employer or inclusion on a list, a business card, or receipt that supports eligibility are required.

Beginning on March 15, 2021, consistent with the State CDPH recommendations, we will add:

People (of any age) with the following medical conditions which increase their vulnerability to COVID-19.

CONDITIONS (based on 1/15/21 CDPH Communication):

  • Cancer
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (stage 4 or more)
  • COPD, which is Oxygen dependent
  • Diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2 with Hemoglobin A1c >7.5)
  • Heart disease (heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, NOT including those with hypertension only)
  • Immunocompromised state due to disease or medications
  • Pregnancy
  • Severe obesity (BMI>40kg/m2)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Disabilities, physical or mental which increase their risk of severe COVID or would cause problems caring for them if they contracted COVID-19. This could include Down’s Syndrome and other congenital illnesses.

IDENTIFICATION should be presented in the form of a note (not requiring diagnosis, for privacy reasons) from their provider