On this page, you will find:
- Where and how will I be vaccinated?
- When can I be vaccinated?
- Vaccine distribution phases and tiers
- Federal, State and Local roles in Distribution
- What should I do while I wait to be vaccinated?
UPDATED 1/21/21: Marin Public Health and local health care partners are prioritizing people age 75 & older as the next group for vaccination as part of Phase 1B. There is a growing list of vaccine providers in Marin County and as supply allows, those providers will begin offering vaccines to Marin residents 75 & older (in addition to vaccinating remaining Phase 1A-eligible health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities).
Marin County Public Health has created a vaccine "interest form" for all Marin residents. If you live in Marin County and are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, you can sign-up to be notified when you’re eligible, based on the State vaccine priority list.
Where and how will I be vaccinated?
Where and how you will be vaccinated will depend on your place within the vaccine distribution framework and the available supply at the time you become eligible. Currently, vaccines are offered at community vaccine sties. Later in 2021, when vaccines are more widely available, Marin residents will be able to be vaccinated at doctors offices, clinics and pharmacies.
Remember, vaccine production is slowly increasing in the United States and Marin County is provided with only small amounts of vaccine each week. There may be vaccine shortages for several months before everyone who wants a vaccine can get one.
When is MY turn to get vaccinated?
The general public should have access to the vaccine by Spring 2021, but others may prioritized to receive the vaccine earlier. There are four factors that the California Department of Public Health considers when prioritizing groups for vaccination:
- Medical History
- Home Environment
Additional considerations are given to individuals who:
- Have higher risk for severe disease or death (due to age or other factors)
- Are unable to work at home
- Live or work in geographic areas that have been highly impacted
- Are most likely to spread disease to other workers or to the public
Below, please review the current distribution model to see if you fit within any priority groups. If you do not see your occupation listed, you default to the Phase/Tier that represents your age and health history. Remember, vaccine production is slowly increasing in the United States. There may be vaccine shortages for several months before everyone who wants a vaccine can get one. Sign-up for our interest form and be notified of when you're eligible to receive the vaccine.
Vaccine production is slowly increasing in the United States. There may be vaccine shortages for several months before everyone who wants a vaccine can get one. During this time of limited vaccine supply, Marin Public Health will distribute the vaccine in phases to ensure those most at risk of exposure to COVID-19 or at highest risk of complications due to COVID-19 are vaccinated first. Marin County is also prioritizing vulnerable populations and communities that had high COVID-19 illness.
The chart below models the order in which people will become eligible to get vaccinated based on criteria developed by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). This is a "working model" that is subject to change from day-to-day based on additional recommendations and definitions from CDC and CDPH. Timelines are tentative and are determined based on vaccine supply allocations from CDPH.
- Green circles show groups that have been, or are being, offered vaccine
- Red squares show groups that are waiting to be offered vaccine
|Phase 1A (Mid-December through late January*)|
Tier 1 - Vaccinating now
Tier 2 - Vaccinating now
Tier 3 - Vaccinating now
Vaccination options for healthcare workers in Phase 1A (all tiers):
|Phase 1B (Starting late January*)|
Vaccination options for Phase 1B eligible groups:
|Phase 1C (Starting late February or early March*)|
|Phase 2** (Late Spring 2021*)|
|Phase 3** (Summer 2021*)|
Phases 1A, 1B, and 1C are determined by CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and approved by California Department of Public Health (Sources: CDPH's Drafting Guidelines Workgroup; Phase 1A guidelines; Phases 1B & 1C guidelines).
* Phase timelines are estimates as of January 14, 2021 and are subject to change based on vaccine supply.
** Phases 2 and 3 are subject to change.
Vaccine Pace Across California
The California Department of Public Health has convened a Drafting Guidelines Workgroup which is leveraging national prioritization frameworks and reviewing data regarding occupational exposure and COVID-19 risk to prioritize sectors across phases and tiered population groups. All California counties will follow these guidelines in administering vaccine. However, given the number of people falling into the various tiers in a specific county, the uptake of those in the priority group in getting vaccinated, and the logistics and timeline for use of the vaccine so that no doses go to waste, counties may be in different tiers in administering vaccine to their population.
Federal, State and Local Roles
- Which vaccines are approved for use in United States (FDA)
- How much vaccine will be allocated to each state (CDC)
- Overall framework for who gets vaccine at each phase of the rollout (CDC)
- Ongoing research, monitoring, and oversight (NIH, FDA, CDC)
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will decide:
- Which vaccine(s) will be used in CA
- How much vaccine will be allocated to each local health jurisdiction/county
- State-specific framework for who will get vaccine when (per federal guidelines)
- Which data systems will be used across the state to monitor vaccine distribution and uptake
- Ongoing data collection, monitoring and oversight
Marin Public Health will:
- Coordinate local infrastructure for vaccine storage, distribution, & administration
- Promote efficient, transparent and equitable distribution across local communities
- Conduct ongoing data reporting and monitoring
What should I do while I wait to be vaccinated?
- Follow the prevention guidelines you’ve heard about since the pandemic started. You should cover your mouth and nose with a face covering whenever you are around others. Avoid close contact with other people outside your household, especially if they could be sick. Practice physical distancing and wash your hands often. And note: you still have to follow these steps after you get both doses of vaccine.
- Connect with us. Sign up for Marin Public Health's COVID-19 Status Update Newsletter and/or get more information by visiting the COVID-19 vaccine website.
This webpage will be updated frequently with information pertaining to vaccination priority areas as resources become available to allow for expansion of categorical groups.