Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine has finally begun to pick up its pace, which means we are getting vaccines into arms and beginning our journey back to normality!
Because the vaccine is in short supply and high demand, you may be finding it difficult to book an appointment, even when you are eligible to receive the vaccine. And with frequent changes to vaccine distribution plans as more information becomes available, you may be frustrated and confused about when you are eligible and how to actually get the vaccine in your arm once you are eligible.
So to make things easier, we have compiled a list of your current options for receiving a vaccine:
1. Check with your health care provider.
The first step would be to check with your health care provider. Note that each provider may have different eligibility requirements for the vaccine. For example, even though Yolo County announced today (2/16/2021) that it will begin vaccinating frontline workers, such as teachers, most of the major healthcare providers in Yolo County are not currently vaccinating frontline workers, but rather still focusing on health care workers and older adults. Click on your healthcare provider below to find their vaccine information.
Currently vaccinating those 65+ (2/23/2021)
Currently vaccinating health care workers and those 65+ (2/23/21)
Currently vaccinating health care workers, long term care patients and staff, and those 65+ (2/23/21)
Currently vaccinating health care workers, people living in long-term care facilities, those 65+, and those who work in education and childcare, emergency services, and food and agriculture (2/23/21)
If you do not have a health care provider, or your health care provider is unable to vaccinate its qualifying patients at this time, do not panic. You still have options.
2. Sign up for a vaccine clinic.
Yolo County Clinics
Yolo County is holding weekly vaccine clinics around the county for those who are eligible to receive the vaccine. As of 2/16/21, those eligible for a vaccine at a Yolo County Clinic include health care workers (including caregivers, both paid and unpaid), seniors 65 and older, and frontline workers in education, childcare, emergency services, and the food and agricultural industries that live or work in Yolo County.
You must make an appointment, and slots fill up fast, so keep checking back at the Yolo County Coronavirus Page to see when new slots become available. Because the process of vaccine distribution is ever-changing, new slots become available at different days and times throughout the week, though often slots for one week’s clinic become available the week before and often toward the end of the week. Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance also posts on our Facebook and Instagram pages as soon as possible when new slots become available in county clinics, so follow us on social media to keep up with county vaccine appointment openings: YHAA Facebook; YHAA Instagram
When openings become available, you can register for an appointment at the Yolo County Coronavirus Page. We also post the sign-up links at https://www.yolohealthyaging.org/covid-19-vaccines.
As of February 22, CommuniCare has received a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines. As of 2/23/2021, their eligibility requirements are patients 65 years of age and older and workers in education and childcare, emergency services, and food and agriculture
Contact your nearest health center to schedule an appointment or click here for more information.
Davis Community Clinic (Davis): (530) 758-2060
Hansen Family Health Center (Woodland): (530) 405-2800
Salud Clinic (West Sacramento): (916) 403-2900
Winters Healthcare has recently received a limited number of COVID-19 vaccine doses and is hosting vaccination clinics for Winters residents who are in the current tier. You can check for open appointments and sign up at https://www.wintershealth.org/vaccineclinic.
Northern Valley Indian Health is prioritizing their patients, but will make appointments for non-patients that are 65 and older, provided they have enough of the vaccine. Go to https://nvih.org/clinics/woodland/ and determine your eligibility by calling the number listed on the website.
3. Sign up for a CVS, Rite Aid, or Walgreens appointment.
CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens are now distributing COVID-19 vaccines at select stores. CVS appointments are currently completely booked throughout California, but their website says to check back later for more availability. For Rite Aid, you must fill out a form here to determine your eligibility and see if there are appointments available in your area. For Walgreens, click here and enter your area code. Then, you will be prompted to fill in some information to check your eligibility and availability in your area.
4. Register with MyTurn.
All Yolo County residents are encouraged to sign up for the statewide vaccine registration system at the following website: https://myturn.ca.gov/. After you have signed up, you will receive notification when you are eligible to receive the vaccine. At this time, for Yolo County, you cannot schedule an appointment through the system but will still be notified when it is “your turn”.
This is taking the place of the County’s old vaccine interest form, so even if you had previously completed the County’s interest form, you may need to fill out the My Turn form as well, in order to be notified.
If you are homebound and need an in-home vaccine or need assistance with the online form call 211 or their toll free number: (855) 866-1783 and staff will assist you.
If you need further assistance signing up for a vaccine, you can call Yolo Healthy Aging at (530) 757-5583, and we will walk you through the process. You can also sign up for a phone friend at https://www.yolohealthyaging.org/phone-friend-forms and check the box that says "I would like help finding a COVID-19 Vaccine."