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10/21/22 Update:

Omicron Boosters Now Available for Kids through CCHS

Contra Costa Health Services is making Omicron Boosters available for kids.

They are currently offering Moderna for 6+ years and Pfizer for 5+ yearsClick to make an appointment, call 1-833-829-2626 or visit a pop-up vaccine clinic.

For more detailed information about the new booster, see the “Booster Doses” section of CCHS's Vaccine Q&As.


9/12/22 Update:

Omicron Boosters Now Available at County-Run Vaccination Sites

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) has announced that, as of Friday, September 9, it is offering the new Omicron booster shots at its COVID vaccination sites.

Vaccinated people ages 12+ are eligible to receive Pfizer’s new Omicron booster and adults ages 18+ can get Moderna’s Omicron booster. These recently authorized “bivalent” booster shots are designed to protect against both the original coronavirus strain and the newer Omicron variants now dominant in the United States.

To be eligible, people must have completed their primary vaccination series or gotten their last booster shot at least two months before getting the Omicron booster.

People can schedule a booster appointment at County-run vaccination sites online at covidvaccine.cchealth.org or by calling CCHS at 833-829-2626. County vaccination sites also accept walk-ins without appointments. Community members also can get the Omicron boosters through their regular healthcare providers or local pharmacies.

For more detailed information about the new booster, see the “Booster Doses” section of CCHS's Vaccine Q&A page.


8/3/22 Update:

New COVID-19 Vaccine, Novavax, Now Available

County-run vaccination clinics in Contra Costa are now offering the recently approved Novavax vaccine for adults who have yet to be immunized.

The Novavax vaccine is different from the Pfizer and Modern vaccines, which use mRNA technology to teach the body to fight against COVID-19. Novavax is a protein-based vaccine similar to others that have been used for decades, such as the hepatitis B and shingles vaccines.

Novavax requires two doses given at least three weeks apart. It has not been approved by the FDA for use as a booster, so it is only available to people ages 18+ who have never gotten a COVID-19 vaccine.

Unvaccinated people can request Novavax when they visit County clinics. To schedule a vaccination appointment, go online or call Contra Costa Health Services at 833-829-2626.

For more information, visit the Contra Costa Health Services About the Vaccine webpage.


6/22/22 Update:

Contra Costa Health Services Now Offering COVID Vaccines to Children Under Age 5

Contra Costa Health Services has announced that County-run vaccination clinics in Contra Costa are now offering safe and effective COVID vaccines to children ages 6 months to 4 years old.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup recently authorized pediatric versions of Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines for this age group. Previously, only children ages 5+ and adults were eligible to receive COVID vaccinations.

The pediatric COVID vaccines come in smaller doses than the adult vaccines. Pfizer’s vaccine for this age group is a three-dose series – the first two doses are spaced three weeks apart and the third dose is given eight weeks after that. Moderna offers a two-dose series with each shot given one month apart. 

Parents and guardians can schedule vaccination appointments at county-run vaccination sites, or with their children’s regular healthcare provider. Children must have consent from a parent or adult guardian to receive the vaccine.

Contra Costa Health is also planning a series of mobile vaccination clinics in partnership with local child-development organizations in the coming weeks. CCHS will provide more details about those mobile clinics at a later date.

For more information, visit the CCHS Vaccine for Kids webpage.


6/19/22 Update:

COVID Vaccines Approved for Kids Under Age 5

Federal and state health officials have authorized pediatric COVID vaccines for children ages 6 months to 4 years. Previously, COVID vaccine had only been available for kids ages 5+.

About 60,000 residents in the County are in the newly eligible age group. Parents will now be able to choose between two safe and effective pediatric vaccines made by Pfizer (3 doses) and Moderna (2 doses). The pediatric doses are smaller than those given to teens and adults. Children may have mild side effects, such as a sore arm, fatigue, headache, or slight fever, and most pass in one or two days. These are normal signs that their body is building protection. Serious side effects are rare.

Contra Costa Health Services expects to be able to offer immunizations to this age group at County-run vaccination clinics around June 22. For more information, visit the CCHS Vaccine for Kids webpage.


3/30/22 Update:

Second COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses Available for Contra Costa Residents Who Are 50+

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) now offers second booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine to people who are 50 and older, or who are immunocompromised by certain health conditions.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized second booster doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines for people in these groups after at least four months have passed since their first boosters.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) now recommends a second booster dose for:

Anyone with questions about their eligibility should consult their healthcare provider.

Appointments are available online or by calling 1-833-829-2626.


2/4/22 Update:

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or Recent Test No Longer Required at Restaurants, Gyms in Contra Costa County

With 80% of all county residents now fully vaccinated, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) today lifted its health order requiring certain businesses, including restaurants and gyms, to verify the vaccination status or recent negative test results of customers.

Other state and countywide health orders remain in effect, including workplace vaccine verification requirements for healthcare workers, first responders, and congregate care workers, and a requirement for most people to wear face coverings in most indoor public spaces.

Though the county requirement may be lifted, private businesses may choose to implement their own verification requirements to better protect customers and staff, and CCHS encourages them to consider doing so as a safest practice during the pandemic.

Current state health orders still require proof of vaccination or a recent, negative test result in certain situations, including when visiting hospitals or long-term care facilities or attending indoor “mega-events” of 500 or more people.

CCHS continues to urge everyone 5 and older to get vaccinated for the best possible protection from COVID-19 – and especially to receive a booster dose when eligible, as growing local data show boosters provide substantially more protection.

> Read the Full Press Release from CCHS

View Current Health Orders from CCHS

> Vaccine & Booster Information and Appointments

> COVID-19 Testing


12/10/21 Update:

On December 9, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for 16- and 17-year-olds, six months after they received their second shot of that vaccine.

CCHS is now accepting booster appointments at all COVID vaccine clinics for teens 16-17. Make an appointment by calling 1-833-826-2929 or online: bit.ly/cc-vax. You can also find appointments at vaccines.gov.

While people ages 18+ can mix-and-match vaccines for their boosters, teens ages 16-17 will only be able to get Pfizer for their boosters. The Moderna and J&J vaccines are only approved for people ages 18 and older.

> Read the Full Report


11/12/21 Update:

Contra Costa County Health Officials Encourage COVID-19 Booster Shots for Adults and Vaccines for Kids Ages 5-11 as Holidays Approach

With the holidays and winter approaching, county health officials are urging everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccine or a booster shot to ensure safe celebrations.

Following guidance from the state health officer, Contra Costa County has announced that it will provide boosters to anyone ages 18+ who feels they are at increased risk from COVID-19 and wants one. According to Contra Costa Health Services, there is increasing evidence that the effectiveness of the vaccines wane over time and boosters provide additional protection.

For those who originally received Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, at least six months must have passed since their last dose. Those who got a Johnson & Johnson vaccine must wait two months to get a booster. 

People may choose any of the three available COVID-19 vaccines for their booster dose when they are eligible, regardless of the vaccine used when they were first vaccinated.

Health officials also strongly urge those who yet to be vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. Kids ages 5-11 recently became eligible for a pediatric version of the COVID-19 vaccine and parents can get their children immunized through their regular healthcare provider, pharmacies, County clinics and, in some cases, at local schools.

Appointments through Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) are recommended, and can be made online or by phone at 1-833-829-2626. People without appointments are accepted at county-run sites as time and vaccine supply allows.


11/3/21 Update:

COVID vaccines are now available for children ages 5 - 11. Community healthcare providers, local pharmacies, and Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) will all begin vaccinating county residents in this age group this week. The FDA, CDC, and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Work Group have all found that Pfizer’s vaccine is safe and highly effective for children aged 5 to 11. About 92,000 children in Contra Costa are newly eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The pediatric dose is one-third the dosage given to teens and adults, and smaller needles will be used. As with adults, children ages 5-11 must still get two shots at least three weeks apart to get the maximum protection of the vaccine.

Appointments for children aged 5 to 11 will become available anywhere in the county that provides the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming days. Check with your child's pediatrician or primary care provider and ask if they have the vaccine.

CCHS will begin providing the Pfizer vaccine to 5- to 11-year-olds at their no-cost public health vaccination clinics in Antioch, Concord, and Richmond beginning on Friday. Contra Costa Regional Medical Center & Health Centers will begin vaccinating its patients on Monday. Appointments at their clinics in Antioch, Concord, and Richmond will be available beginning Thursday afternoon online or by calling 1-833-829-2626.

> More Information from Contra Costa Health Services

> FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use in Children 5 through 11 Years of Age

> CDC Recommends Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5-11 Years

> Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup Finds Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine is Safe and Effective for 5- to 11-Year-Olds


11/1/21 Update:

Today, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) announced that it has pre-ordered thousands of pediatric doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine as the county prepares for Federal and State health officials to expand eligibility to kids ages 5-11.

According to a press release, CCHS expects to receive about 20,000 doses of the pediatric version of the Pfizer vaccine for county and partner clinics early this week. Other healthcare providers and pharmacies are also stocking up and getting ready.

CCHS is also working with education and healthcare partners in the region – including John Muir Health, Kaiser, La Clinica and Lifelong Medical – to host vaccine clinics at school sites once eligibility expands to younger kids. More details about school-based vaccine clinics will be announced soon.

The timing of when the vaccine becomes available to younger children depends on when Federal and State officials complete their review process. On Friday, October 29, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in children ages 5-11.

This week, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) will be deciding whether to recommend Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine next week for children ages 5-11. The CDC's recommendation is required before vaccines can be given to this age group.

If the CDC recommends the vaccine for the younger age group, it may take a couple of days until immunization clinics actually begin administering the pediatric vaccines, according to CCHS. The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, a regional collaborative of scientists from several states including California with expertise in immunization and public health, must also weigh in after the CDC makes it decision.

Parents should check with their child's regular healthcare provider or local pharmacies about availability. CCHS expects to begin offering the pediatric vaccine by Nov. 6 at county-run vaccination clinics.

The pediatric COVID-19 vaccine, which is one-third the dosage given to teens and adults, will come in different vials and packaging than the adult version. Like with adults, children ages 5-11 still must get two shots at least three weeks apart to get the maximum protection of the vaccine, which was shown to have a 90.7% efficacy rate in clinical trials among this age group.

> Read the full Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services

> View Contra Costa Vaccine Locations Flyer


9/27/21 Update:

Some groups of Contra Costa residents who have received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine can now consider a booster dose if at least six months have passed since they were fully vaccinated.

According to Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS), Pfizer and the other available COVID-19 vaccines continue to provide excellent protection against infection, and especially against serious illness from the virus. But, as with most vaccines, their protection diminishes over time.

Scientists have been researching how long high levels of protection will last. After reviewing the research, federal and state health experts have determined that some people who received Pfizer vaccine should get a booster, including:

Others vaccinated with Pfizer who are now eligible for booster doses include people 18 or older with underlying health conditions, or who are at increased risk of exposure to the virus due to their work or living situation. Read the California Department of Public Health guidelines for more information.

CCHS does not yet have health guidance for any other groups who received Pfizer vaccine, or those who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) – research continues for those vaccines.

If you are fully vaccinated, it is not urgent to get a booster dose – you still have excellent protection against COVID-19.

But if you are eligible, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) recommends checking with your healthcare provider about how to get a vaccine. Many options for COVID-19 vaccine are easily available across the county, including healthcare providers and local pharmacies. Visit the CCHS Get Vaccinated page for information and links to healthcare providers and pharmacies that provide COVID-19 vaccine near you. Appointments are also available at CCHS clinics, online, or by calling 1-833-829-2626.


 

8/18/21 Update:

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) is now offering COVID-19 booster vaccines for moderately to severely immunocompromised people, following new state and federal health guidelines.

CCHS recommends checking with your healthcare provider if you have questions about whether a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine is right for you, and to schedule your booster appointment through your healthcare provider if possible.

An additional dose of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine may be a healthy choice for people with certain health conditions, such as patients receiving cancer treatment, organ transplant recipients, people with advanced HIV or severe primary immunodeficiency, or people using medicines that suppress the immune system. We ask anyone seeking a booster in Contra Costa to attest that they have a qualifying medical condition.

Contra Costa County has appointments and plenty of vaccine available, both for booster doses and for residents who are 12 or older and still thinking about getting vaccinated, which remains the single most effective protection against COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) have issued a statement that booster doses may be available for more people as soon as September. CCHS is awaiting more information, and will post further details on the CCHS Coronavirus website as they become available.

People with one of the health conditions listed above seeking booster doses can schedule online or phone 1-833-829-2626 for an appointment. Click here for more information about vaccination and appointments.



5/27/21 Update:

The State of California has launched a new vaccine incentive program to encourage all Californians to get vaccinated by June 15. Everyone who has already been vaccinated will be automatically entered into a drawing for cash prizes, selected on June 4, 11 and 15.

On June 4 and June 11, 30 total winners will receive cash prizes of $50,000 each. On June 15, 10 grand prize winners will receive $1.5 million each. To be eligible, you must live in California, be age 12 or older, and have received at least a first dose of your COVID-19 vaccine.

For Californians who have not yet been vaccinated, 2 million incentive cards are available on a first-come, first-served basis: starting on May 27, the first two million Californians to start and complete their COVID-19 vaccination can choose to receive a $50 gift card to participating grocery stores, or a $50 prepaid virtual card (which can be spent online, in-store where major debit cards are accepted, or added to a mobile wallet to be used to shop in-stores that accept mobile wallet).

For more information and FAQ, visit the links below.

Learn More about California’s Vaccine Incentive Program 

> Get Vaccinated



5/25/21 Update:

John Muir Health has opened a new COVID-19 vaccination location in  San Ramon at San Ramon Medical Offices (2305 Camino Ramon). The vaccination clinic is open to everyone eligible to receive the vaccine (ages 12+) regardless of whether they are a John Muir Health patient.

Vaccinations are being given by appointment only to ensure we are using every vaccine dose we have available, and you don’t have to be a John Muir Health patient to schedule a vaccine appointment. The best way to schedule is through MyChart.

Patients who are new to John Muir Health or don't have a MyChart account yet, can create one by visiting www.johnmuirhealth.com/savetime and then schedule their vaccine appointment. There is no cost to open a MyChart account.

If a patient already has a MyChart account, they can schedule their vaccine appointment by logging in and going to "Visits", then clicking "Schedule an Appointment". From there, choose "COVID-19 Vaccine" as the type of appointment to schedule. Appointment availability will pop up at our vaccine clinic locations. There is no charge for COVID-19 vaccine appointments.


5/14/21 Update:

Contra Costa Health Services has announced that children between the ages of 12-15 can now get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at all county-run clinics, and public school campuses throughout Contra Costa will host free clinics beginning May 18 to ensure that every student who is 12 or older has access to safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to view the latest schedule for school clinics.

The County is expanding eligibility after the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommended Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for use in this younger age group. Previously, the Pfizer vaccine was only approved for people ages 16 and older.

Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for use by those who are ages 12-17. The other two COVID vaccines in the United States made by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are still only available to people ages 18 and older.

All eligible individuals can get vaccinated at a CCHS site, even if they do not live or work in Contra Costa County, no appointment required. While all CCHS sites accept walk-ins without a previous appointment, people can also schedule an appointment online or by phone at 1-833-829-2626, Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The State of California also offers appointments at myturn.ca.gov.

When coming to County vaccination clinics, Contra Costa Health Services recommends that anyone under the age of 18 be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If a parent or guardian cannot be present, CCHS asks for written consent or, when that is not feasible, may accept verbal consent over the phone. A consent form is available at cchealth.org.

Walk-in appointments are available in San Ramon at Diablo Valley College (1690 Watermill Rd), Mon–Thu8–11:30 a.m. and 12:30–5 p.m. Patients can choose a one-dose or two-dose vaccine at this site.

Homebound people that are unable to visit one of the CCHS sites can request a home vaccination from the county's mobile team.

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) and Kaiser Permanente, in partnership with the Contra Costa Office of Education and several school districts, will begin sending mobile vaccine clinics to schools across the county on May 18. Clinics will rotate to new campuses weekly, later returning to provide second-dose appointments.

 Click here to view the latest schedule for school clinics

Patients younger than 18 do require consent from a parent or guardian to get vaccinated. Information about required school vaccinations, such as Tdap, will also be available at the clinics.

Healthcare systems, pharmacies and other providers have different eligibility requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations. Visit the CCHS Get Vaccinated page for information about eligibility and how to schedule an appointment with partner providers.

Residents can also use the CDC’s VaccineFinder tool to find vaccination locations near you.

If you know someone who may need a little help making a vaccine appointment, please make that offer. Check out the CCHS Vaccine Appointment Guide for step-by-step information.



Vaccine Distribution Healthcare systems, pharmacies and other providers have different eligibility requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations.

There are several ways to find a vaccine appointment, and at this point in time, the County recommends signing up everywhere you can, and after scheduling an appointment, canceling your requests elsewhere.

1. MyTurn

Every Californian 12 and up is now eligible for vaccination. Register with the State of California at myturn.ca.gov or call 1-833-422-4255 to schedule an appointment or be notified when one they are available.

2. Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS)

CCHS will immunize all eligible residents whether they have insurance or not. People who live, work, or attend school in Contra Costa County and are 12 years or older are currently eligible to schedule an appointment through CCHS.

Schedule an Appointment

Eligible residents who have difficulty using the form or have no internet access can request an appointment by calling 1-833-829-2626.

People who need to cancel an existing appointment or who received a first dose of vaccine through CCHS and need to make a second-dose appointment should call 1-833-829-2626.

3. Your Healthcare Provider

Healthcare systems have different eligibility requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations, and many healthcare providers are directly contacting eligible patients to schedule vaccine appointments.

Information about local providers—including Contra Costa Regional Medical Center & Health Centers, John Muir Health, Kaiser Permanente, La Clinica, Lifelong Medical, and Sutter Health—can be found by visiting the CCHS Vaccine page and scrolling down.

4. Partner Sites

Pharmacies and other providers have different eligibility requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations. Information about each of these providers can be found by visiting the CCHS Vaccine page and scrolling down. To request an appointment, visit the links below.

Arthritis and Rheumatology Center San Ramon

CVS

Lucky / Save Mart

OptumServe

Rite Aid

The Medicine Shoppe Orinda

Walgreens

 

More Information:

> COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Open at Contra Costa Schools
   
 Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services (May 14, 2021)

> Children Ages 12-15 Now Eligible for Vaccination in Contra Costa County
   
 Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services (May 12, 2021)

> Contra Costa County Opens Eligibility to those 16+
   
 Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services (Mar 30, 2021)

> Contra Costa Extends Vaccine Eligibility to Ages 50+
    Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services (Mar 22, 2021)

> Contra Costa County Improves to Red Tier, Expanded Vaccine Eligibility Begins March 15
   
 Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services (Mar 12, 2021)

> Contra Costa Extends Vaccine Eligibility to Essential Workers
    Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services (Feb 18, 2021)

> Contra Costa County Plans to Administer 1 Million COVID-19 Vaccines by July 4
   
 Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services (Jan 22, 2021)

> Contra Costa County Ramps Up COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
    Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services (Jan 11, 2021)

> COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Distributed Following State, Federal Framework
    Press Release from Bay Area Health Officers (Dec 15, 2020)

 

> Vaccine Information from Contra Costa Health Services

> Contra Costa County Vaccine Distribution Phases

> Contra Costa County Vaccine FAQ

> Contra Costa County Vaccine Volunteer Opportunities

> Contra Costa County Vaccine Dashboard

> Contra Costa County COVID-19 Ethical and Equitable Vaccine Allocations Committee

 

> Vaccine Information from the State of California

> Vaccine Distribution Guidelines from the California Department of Public Health

 

> Vaccine Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

> Vaccine FAQ from the CDC