Vaccination Opportunities

  • May 10, 2021: FDA Approves Pfizer vaccine for Youths 12-15


    The Food and Drug Administration on Monday authorized use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds in the United States.

    The F.D.A.’s go-ahead is not the final hurdle. An advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to meet shortly to review the data and make recommendations for the vaccine’s use in 12- to 15-year-olds.

    We will have information in this space about opportuntiies for families to have their youths vaccinated in Alameda County as soon as its availabile.


     

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  • May 5, 2021: Coliseum Clinic Closing, Vaccine Opportunities Open Now, Anticipated Authorization for 12-15 Age Group


    Today Alameda County and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) announced that the Oakland Coliseum mega vaccination site will close on May 23. Alameda County will expand community-based vaccination access to meet people where they are.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize the Pfizer vaccine for children 12- to 15-years old as soon as next week. The vaccine is currently authorized for those 16 and older.

    Vaccine appointments are currently available for 16- and 17-year olds.

    • Please note that Pfizer is the only vaccine currently approved for 16- and 17-year olds, and any person under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to vaccination appointments. Parents or guardians as well as the teens receiving the vaccine will need to bring identification with a birth date to the site.

    • Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is currently scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments for individuals who are aged 16-17 in San Jose and Pleasanton. Click here to schedule an appointment. 


    Appointments for all eligible age groups are available now:

    • Alameda County residents that have not received a vaccination are encouraged to call 510-208-4VAX (510-208-4829) or visit bit.ly/AlCoSignUp to arrange an appointment, or take advantage of numerous walk-in opportunities available throughout the county.

    • Appointments are available across California at myturn.ca.gov, by phone at (833) 422-4255, and through healthcare providers. 


     

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  • April 23, 2021: Vaccine Opportunities for Ages 16 & 17

     

    Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is currently scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments for individuals who are aged 16-17 in San Jose (Cisco Garage) and in Pleasanton (Alameda Fairgrounds). Click here to schedule an appointment. 

     

    Two important reminders regarding vaccine for those under the age of 18:

    • Pfizer is the only vaccine currently approved for 16- and 17-year olds, thus the only vaccine available to this group.

    • Parental consent is required for this age group, and any person under 18 who receives this vaccine must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents or guardians as well as the teens receiving the vaccine will need to bring identification with a birth date to the site.

     


     

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  • April 22, 2021: Vaccine Opportunities for Education Personnel

     

    Visit the Alameda County Public Health Department vaccination portal at https://www.primarybio.com/r/alco-vax-signup for access to appointments at

     

    Appointment opportunities are available and regularly updated at http://myturn.ca.gov/.

     

    Those who live/work in Berkeley may sign up here for COVID-19 Vaccine Notifications from Berkeley Public Health

     

    You can also contact your healthcare provider for appointment options. 


     

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  • April 15, 2021

    Vaccine Opportunities for Education Personnel

    Visit the Alameda County Public Health Department vaccination portal at https://www.primarybio.com/r/alco-vax-signup for access to appointments at:

    Appointment opportunities for the Oakland Coliseum are available and regularly updated at http://myturn.ca.gov/.

    You can also contact your healthcare provider for appointment options. 


     

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  • April 5 2021

    Time-Limited Opportunity: SPECIAL Child Care Provider COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on April 10th & 17th - Register Today!

    Alameda County’s Emergency Child Care Response Team is proud to offer a Pfizer Vaccine Clinic specifically for licensed and license-exempt (family, friend, and neighbor) child care providers and family members living in the homes of family child care businesses who are at least 16 years old and live or work in Alameda County.


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  • March 26, 2021

    Majority of Alameda County TK-12 Education Workforce Has Been Offered COVID-19 Vaccine Opportunities

    Due to the collaborative efforts of the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) and the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD), virtually all TK-12 education personnel in Alameda County have been offered the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine since the education sector became eligible within Phase 1B in Alameda County on February 8.

    Both targeted and widespread outreach efforts have been conducted by ACOE in partnership with ACPHD, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) over the past few weeks to secure vaccination appointments for education staff in public and private schools across the county. Initial outreach efforts were specifically targeted to staff from schools in zip codes identified by the county as most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The efforts have required coordination with agencies at a multitude of sites, including: ACOE’s main offices in Hayward, the Oakland Coliseum mass vaccination site, the Alameda County Fairgrounds and other community PODs (points of dispersal) supported by county public health, community-based organizations and retail pharmacies.

    ACOE surveyed district and school staffs across the county to determine who was seeking vaccine and provided scheduling support to education staff, distributing thousands of single-use codes provided by the State of California to ensure that school staff prioritized access to vaccination appointments.

     

    Options Available to Schedule a Vaccination Appointment

    • Education personnel in Alameda County who are still seeking a vaccination appointment and would like to be connected with the following options should work through their district or school; all public and private TK-12 schools have a process in place to notify ACOE:
      • ACOE is partnering with Rite Aid to provide vaccinations for education staff. Based on need, we will likely hold weekly clinics with Rite Aid for remaining education personnel. 
      • Educators may access appointments at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton via a link provided by ACOE. 
    • School personnel may independently pursue appointments through the following:
      • California's MyTurn system: The State is no longer providing MyTurn access codes for education personnel, though appointments may still be booked at http://myturn.ca.gov/ based on eligibility as determined in the registration process. 
      • Healthcare providers: School personnel may pursue appointments through their healthcare provider.
      • ACPHD clinic at Fremont High School in Oakland: If you would like to seek an appointment at this site (located at 4610 Foothill Blvd, Oakland), please complete the registration form here.

     

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  • March 18, 2021

    As new populations of residents are added to the vaccine eligibility list, vaccine supply has tightened over the past week. ACOE continues to work to identify those remaining education staff seeking vaccine appointments. 

    ACOE was informed on March 15 that the State will no longer provide MyTurn access codes for distribution to education personnel. Since then, however, we have identified additional vaccine opportunities for our county’s education personnel.

    Below are the vaccination opportunities available to Alameda County education personnel at this time. Educators seeking vaccine must work through their districts and schools, who have a process to notify ACOE, who will, in turn, provide registration information to educators.

    ACOE and Rite Aid Partnership
    We are excited to announce a partnership with Rite Aid to provide vaccinations for education staff. ACOE and Rite Aid will offer a vaccination clinic on Thursday, March 25 from 3-6pm. Appointments will be required. This will be an ongoing partnership and, based on need, we will likely hold weekly clinics with Rite Aid for remaining education personnel.

    ACPHD Clinic at Fremont High School in Oakland
    Starting today, the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) opened one of its Oakland vaccination clinics at Fremont High School (4610 Foothill Blvd, Oakland) to educators.

    Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton
    Educators may continue to access appointments at the Fairgrounds.

    State Vaccination Sites
    School personnel may pursue appointment opportunities using California's MyTurn system at http://myturn.ca.gov/. Please note that the Oakland Coliseum vaccination site is only offering second doses at this time; it will open scheduling for new appointments soon.

    Healthcare Providers
    School personnel may also pursue appointments through their healthcare provider.


     

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  • March 8, 2021

    CVS Expands COVID Vaccination Sites
    The rollout of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccination triggered an expansion of inoculation sites in the Golden State, and there are still a number of CVS locations with appointments available this week.


     

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  • March 4, 2021

    Status Update for Alameda County Education Community

    This is the first weekly status newsletter from the Alameda County Office of Education as we enter a new phase in vaccinating our education communities and preparing for the return to classrooms.

    We will provide weekly updates about the efforts to provide/expand vaccine opportunities for our education workforce in Alameda County, and the fast-changing circumstances at the public health level which are opening the door for more of our schools to welcome students and staff back to classrooms and school sites.

    Click here to read the update.


     

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  • March 3, 2021

    Coliseum Vaccine Update

    We are excited to report that the Oakland Coliseum mega site will be holding two educator-only vaccine days on Thursday and Friday, March 4 and 5, as part of the Governor’s plan to prioritize vaccines for the education workforce in our state. 

    • Appointments for these dates will be by invitation only, and may be made using the MyTurn.ca.gov system. Education staff identified by districts and schools as part of high-priority groups are receiving single-use codes from our office this week to access those appointments. 
    • We expect the Coliseum site will be offering more educator-only days moving forward and that we will have more single-use codes to disseminate.
    • The educator days at the Coliseum are open to education staff from multiple counties. This is not merely an Alameda County effort, which will limit the number of appointments available to Alameda County educators.


    We are so appreciative that the state’s effort to prioritize education staff is leading directly to our increased ability to match staff with appointments.

     

    Matching Education Staff With Vaccine

    ACOE staff has been working tirelessly over the past few weeks to match education employees  seeking vaccine appointments with opportunities to secure an appointment.

    In addition to vaccinating 750 education staff in our Priority 1 group from the most-impacted zip codes in the county at our Cal OES Pod at ACOE two weeks ago (with second doses next week), we are actively engaged in matching education staff with appointments at multiple levels.

    We have been able to add significant numbers of education staff to the list for vaccine at the Alameda County Fairgrounds site, as well as county PODs (point of dispersal sites), such as the La Familia POD in Hayward.

    In addition, ACOE surveyed every school district, charter school and private school to determine how we can assist their staff in accessing vaccination priority codes. We have received responses from the majority of schools and districts, and are using these responses to provide vaccination accessibility codes to highest-priority staff.

    We are also conducting weekly surveys of all education staff in the county to determine who is still seeking vaccine appointments in order to more effectively and efficiently assist in matching staff with vaccine appointments. We ask that staff please keep an eye out in the emails for these surveys and fill them out according to the deadlines listed.

    We are doing a significant amount of data work in this process and ask for your patience as we support thousands of education staff across the county.


     

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  • February 28, 2021

    The weekend doesn't stop the efforts being made to vaccinate as many of our education workforce as possible!

    Two key pieces of information today:

    • You may well have received a survey from your school or district in your email. Please fill it out when you get a moment. We are working with county public health, Cal OES and FEMA to coordinate making vaccine available and we need this information for our planning purposes to determine who is still seeking vaccination from our ed workforce. Thank you in advance!
    • Next is also big news! The Alameda County Fairgrounds is opening appointments for educators starting on March 1. These appointments will be targeted by Priority to education staff in the South and East Alameda County areas. You may receive an appointment link as soon as this weekend.


    And we look forward to sharing more new about vaccine availabiliity as soon as tommorrow.

    Stay tuned!


     

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  • February 26, 2021

    Governor's Plan to Allocate 10 percent of Vaccine for Education Workforce Detailed

    Follow this link to get more information about the Governor's Plan to allocate 10 percent of the state's vaccine supply to the education workforce. ACOE is working closely with ACPHD and the state to ensure that education staff is getting opportunities to access vaccine.


     

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  • February 25, 2021: VACCINE UPDATE SLIDE SHOW

    We wanted to provide the community the update on vaccine rollout for educators that we shared with our school leaders this week.

    Follow this link: February 24, 2021 Vaccine Update


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  • February 24, 2021: NEW WAY TO REGISTER FOR VACCINE APPPOINTMENTS AT COLISEUM SITE 

    Oakland Coliseum Vaccine Photo in Car The Coliseum vaccine site now has a toll- free phone number available to make appointments. COVID-19 Hotline: 833-422-4255 ( 833-4CA-4ALL)

    The call center is open 7 days a week: 8:00-8:00 PM Monday- Friday & Saturday & Sunday 8:00-5:00 PM https://myturn.ca.gov

    Alameda County Fairgrounds also opening appointments to educators beginning on Saturday, February 27. Please register with the ACPHD registration site HERE

    More information about additional vaccine opportunities are coming in the next day or two.


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  • February 22, 2021

     

    Vaccine is coming into many different sources at this point. But there is still not enough coming in to meet the need of all of the sectors they have opened in Phase 1B. And weather delays are likely going to cause issues with supply in the coming couple of weeks.
     
    County: The County supply is limited at this point. They find out on Tuesdays how much they are going to get for the next week and it varies. They have informed us that they don't have enough supply to prioritize educators, which is why my boss went to the Feds and ended up with the FEMA mobile site.
     
    Private providers: Kaiser is still on 75+, but just sent out a note to members that they going to start getting 20 percent of the state's supply beginning next week and will be booking appointments a few weeks out. They cover the largest share of the education community, so it's an issue that they are unable to provide any supply at this point.
     
    AC Fairgrounds: Sutter and Stanford folks can endeavor to get appointments there, and the county is also vaccinating there. But much more limited supply than what's at the Coliseum.
     
    Retail sites: The retail sites like CVS, Walgreen's and Rite Aid are getting increasing numbers of doses and they have appointments open to those who are eligible, which include educators, but have largely been focusing on 65+
     
    Federal:  We are so fortunate to live in a region to with a mega site at the Coliseum. The MyTurn.ca.gov is the way to get signed up. They release appointments in large batches every two days first thing in the a.m. - maybe around 8 a.m. 
     
    ACOE "Mobile" site: The FEMA/Cal-OES Mobile site that was operationalized at ACOE for last three days last week targeted at specific groups of education staff in high-transmission areas. It was not an open call. We asked districts to prioritize workers who were dealing directly with students and families in those high-transmission areas and we brought them in. The Mobile Vaccination Unit will return to do second doses in three weeks.
     
    Starting March 1, the Governor has said that he will hold aside 10 percent of all vaccine supply in the state for education staff. That could mean as many as 75,000 vaccines statewide.

     
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  • February 16, 2021: Coliseum Site offers vaccine to education workforce

    • The opening of the Oakland Coliseum mass vaccination site is now offering opportunities for education workforce to make vaccine appointments. Those working in Alameda County schools are eligible for appointments at the Coliseum. Appointments must be made through https://myturn.ca.gov/. Those working in public K-12 school districts may receive more information from their districts and or labor representatives. Our understanding is that new appointments will be opening up every couple of days. Until a new batch of appointments is released, you may register for notification through myturn.ca.gov and you will be notified of new appointments via SMS text.
    • In addition, the mass vaccination site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds is open, but only accessible for eligible patients with a pre-scheduled appointment through your health care provider.
    • On Feb. 15 the City of Berkeley expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations coordinated through the City to include all those who live or work in Berkeley who are currently employed in grocery stores, convenience stores, or in-person education and childcare settings. Those who fit into one of these groups, as well as Berkeley residents who are at least 65, can register for appointments or notification of future appointments.
    • In addition, you and your community will likely hear about educators who were able to receive a vaccine through other avenues. That is a reality due to the fragmented nature of the vaccine rollout across the country. We will continue to provide as much clarity as we can about available avenues for vaccine, understanding that we will not be privy to all of the potential options that education staff may receive through personal channels. Our goal is always to minimize confusion and be a reliable source of information.

     

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  • February 10, 2021: Vaccine still in limited supply

    • No vaccine appointment registration information has been sent by ACOE or ACPHD to any education employees in Alameda County based on the Phase 1B Tier 1 rollout.
    • Based on information from Alameda County Public Health, we do not expect any appointments to be available this week or next week for education workforce due to the limited vaccine supply. 
    • You and your community will likely hear about educators who were able to receive a vaccine through other avenues. Unfortunately, that is a reality due to the fragmented nature of the vaccine rollout across the country. We will continue to provide as much clarity as we can about available avenues for vaccine, understanding that we will not be privy to all of the potential options that education staff may receive through personal channels. Our goal is always to minimize confusion and be a reliable source of information.

     

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  • February 8, 2021: First Steps for Education Personnel

    Education personnel can take the following steps to make sure they are notified of vaccination opportunities as soon as possible:

    • Register at https://myturn.ca.gov/, California's vaccination notification system, to be notified about appointments at the Oakland Coliseum that will begin on Feb. 16
    • Contact your healthcare provider and identify your occupational sector so the provider can schedule you in the 1b group

    Educators are advised to check this webpage frequently for information about COVID-19 vaccinations.


     

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