San Bernardino County has already received more than 33,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine along with the necessary supplies to deliver the vaccinations.
To date, according to local officials, Tier 1A of the first phase of vaccine distribution is running smoothly. Vaccines are being administered as planned to front-line healthcare workers, people at skilled nursing facilities and long-term care facilities as well as to medical first responders including both paramedics and EMTs.
“COVID-19 has impacted every person in our county in many ways but there is hope on the horizon with FDA-approved vaccines arriving in San Bernardino County,” the county advised. “We want to present our residents the facts so you can make an informed decision on how you can help stop the spread as we all work together to make our community safer and stronger.”
The county also wants residents to know the phases of vaccine allocation proposed by the California Department of Public Health as of Dec. 30, 2020 and are subject to change. The goal, of course, is to make a COVID-19 vaccine available to all persons who choose to receive it. As such, health care officials have developed a phased approach to first make the vaccine available to high-risk health care workers, skilled nursing and long-term care facilities and first responders.
The vaccination distribution is divided into two phases and the first phase consists of three tiers—1A through 1C. Phase 1 launched Dec. 16. Follow this link for a description of the two phases and a list of groups included in each tier.
The County of San Bernardino, in alignment with the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, are partnering to implement a comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination process based on federal, state and local guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the San Bernardino County COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force.