COVID-19 FAQ

COVID-19 FAQ

Updated: 1/29/21

What is the California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy based on? 

The state looks at two things, case rate and testing positivity within a county. Please visit APPENDIX 1: Calculation of metrics to learn more.  

The state also uses the Healthy Places Index to ensure most disadvantaged neighborhoods do not lag significantly behind well-resourced communities.  


What is open and what is closed? 

As of January 25, 2021, counties are back in the color coded tier system of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.  

The stay-at-home order that was implemented after Thanksgiving, segmenting California in 5 regions and basing information on shared ICU capacity, is now rescinded. The majority of California’s 58 counties are back in the most restrictive tier, purple, in which outdoor dining, barber shops, and salons are open under limited capacity.  

Find the status of your county here: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/  


What framework is the state using in vaccinations? 

The California Department of Public Health created three advisory committees to guide its vaccine plan. These are: Drafting Guidelines WorkgroupCommunity Vaccine Advisory Committee, and Scientific Safety Review Workgroup

The California Department of Public Health recently updated their guidance, as per the federal government’s direction, to begin vaccinating everyone 65 and older. 

Each county, depending on their allotted doses and where they are in the original phase system in vaccinating health care workers, will determine when they will be vaccinating those 65 and older. 

After 65+ and healthcare workers, state will prioritize first responders, food & agriculture workers, teachers and school staff. After that eligibility will be based on age. 


How do I know when it is my turn to get the vaccine? 

You can sign up for updates at the state website: https://myturn.ca.gov/  

For individuals who do not have an email address or mobile phone, they can call the CA COVID-19 Information Hotline at 1-833-422-4255 (M-F 8AM-8PM, Sa-Su 8AM-5PM) to inquire on their specific concern and receive assistance. 

Alternatively, you can contact your local county public health department for more information.  


What vaccinations are available? 

The two vaccines currently being used are the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. Both vaccines require two doses of the shot. Both have been reviewed by the federal government and state and have been shown to be effective and safe. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/COVID-19Vaccine.aspx  


How is the state doing on vaccination? 

The state continues to rank 33rd among the 50 states and Washington, D.C 

https://www.sacbee.com/news/coronavirus/article249284140.html?ac_cid=DM387491&ac_bid=-521875536

There are many concerns in the state and nationwide that Black, Indigenous, people of color are being vaccinated at the lowest rates. https://www.kff.org/policy-watch/early-state-vaccination-data-raise-warning-flags-racial-equity/  

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