This article contains old information. For the most up-to-date information on how to receive a booster in Yolo County, read "Where to Receive a Booster in Yolo County".
Yolo County has begun the process of distributing Pfizer booster doses to residents who received their second Pfizer dose at least 6 months ago. Updated: The CDC has expanded eligibility to those who received Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. This article will take you through who should and who may get the Pfizer booster, and how to go about receiving a third dose in Yolo County.
Who Should Get a Booster?
Older adults, who have been especially affected by COVID-19, are high on the priority list for a third dose of Pfizer. The CDC and California Department of Public Health recommend a booster dose for individuals in the following groups who completed their 2-dose primary series of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months ago:
Age 65 years and older or residing in a long-term care facility, or
Age 50 through 64 years with underlying medical conditions (click the link to view the underlying medical conditions)
One key takeaway is that for older adults, there has been a small drop overtime of the effectiveness of two Pfizer doses in preventing hospitalization. For this reason, the groups listed above are encouraged to receive a booster dose. According to Yolo County Public Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson, "We have seen some drop in the protection against hospitalization in older adults over time, which is why we are recommending a booster for those over 65."
Who May Get a Booster?
Booster doses have also been authorized for those ages 18 through 64 with underlying medical conditions, or age 18 through 64 and at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting.
Yolo County Public Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson advises that there is no need for everyone to rush out and get a booster vaccine. "Two doses of the Pfizer vaccine still protect very well against severe disease, hospitalization, and death in most people." People who may get a booster are advised to speak with their healthcare provider to discuss whether they would benefit from a booster at this time. Occupations at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission include the following:
First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
Food and agriculture workers
Public transit workers
Grocery store workers
Where Can I Receive My Booster?
1. Health Care Provider or Clinic
There are several ways to receive a Pfizer booster in Yolo County. Your first step is to check with your health care provider. Click on your health care provider below to find out about their booster process and availability:
If you are eligible for the vaccine in Yolo County, call (916) 530-0727 to reach the direct vaccine line for the West Sacramento Elica Health Center and sign up for an appointment.
2. Call-to-Order Vaccine Program
Individuals who are 65 or older or have difficulty leaving their homes can have a booster vaccine delivered to them through Yolo County’s call-to-order vaccine program. To schedule an appointment to have the vaccine delivered, residents can call (530) 902-3230. To schedule an appointment in Spanish, call (530) 379-3465. To schedule an appointment in Russian, call (530) 902-0721. The program delivers vaccine between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
For booster doses, the call-to-order program can only be used for those eligible for the booster who are 65 or older or have difficulty leaving their homes. For first or second doses, anyone may use the call-to-order program.
Several retail pharmacies are also providing booster shots Please click one of the links below to schedule an appointment at one of the pharmacies. Vaccines.gov is a useful link that shows where the nearest available appointments are, including local pharmacies.
5. Healthy Yolo Together/CommuniCare Vaccine Clinics
Healthy Davis Together has partnered with Yolo County, CommuniCare, and other community organizations to make COVID-19 vaccinations accessible for everyone in Yolo County. Healthy Davis Together and CommuniCare offer free vaccinations at Salud Clinic in West Sacramento, Hansen Family Health Center in Woodland, and Davis Community Clinic in Davis. Please schedule an appointment by calling 530.754.IVAX (4829).
For the most up to date hours of operations and locations, or to schedule an appointment online, visit healthydavistogether.org/vaccines/.
6. Yolo County Clinics
Though most Yolo County Clinics are first dose only, a limited number of clinics will be available for booster doses if you cannot access the vaccine in the ways listed above.
You can make an appointment by calling (530) 666-8552. When receiving a booster from a Yolo County clinic, please bring you white paper vaccine card as proof of Pfizer vaccination completed at least 6 months earlier, and so that your vaccine card can be updated.
If you are looking for your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, you can find their current clinics at https://www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-vaccine.
Finally, Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance is here to help you! If you are 50+ and 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."