Tulare County Vaccine Plan and Distribution

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COVID Vaccine Playbook - Version 1.0

A safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine will be one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccine safety is a top priority. The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Learn how the federal government is working to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

California is planning to distribute and administer vaccines as quickly as possible. COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be available for the general public in the Spring of 2021. This timeline will be adjusted as the Public Health Department learns more. Initially vaccine supply will be VERY LIMITED. California is making sure that these supplies are distributed and administered equitably.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine distribution on the California COVID-19 Response website. For Frequently Asked Questions for COVID-19 Vaccination, visit the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs webpage.

Tulare County COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

Currently there are limited supplies of the vaccine. This information will be updated when supplies improve. 


VACCINATING NOWPersons at risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 through their work in any role in direct health care or long-term care settings.

Phase 1A

Tier 1

  • Acute care, psychiatric, and correctional facility hospital staff

  • Staff at skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and similar settings for older or medically vulnerable individuals

  • Paramedics, EMTs, and others providing medical services

  • Dialysis centers staff

  • Staff of residential and inpatient substance abuse disorder treatment and mental health facilities

  • Residents in long-term care settings

Tier 2

  • Intermediate care facilities staff

  • Home health care and in-home supportive services personnel

  • Community health workers, including promotoras

  • Public health field staff

  • Staff at primary care clinics, including federally qualified health centers, rural health centers, correctional facility clinics, and urgent care clinics

Tier 3

  • Staff at specialty clinics (i.e., optometry, cardiology, neurology, outpatient, surgery, physical therapy, etc.)

  • Laboratory workers

  • Staff at dental and other oral health clinics

  • Pharmacy staff not working in settings at higher tiers

  • Mortuary service industry personnel


Starting Phase 1B - Tier 1:

  • Individuals 65 and older

  • Those at risk of exposure at work in the following sectors:

    • Education and childcare: teachers, school staff, early childhood, higher-education staff

    • Emergency services: first-responders, public safety, social service field staff

    • Food and agriculture: farm labor, grocery workers, food manufacturing



VACCINATING LATER – Pending Vaccine Supply

Remainder Phase 1B – Tier 2

  • Those at risk of exposure at work in the following sectors:

    • Transportation and logistics

    • Industrial, commercial, residential, and sheltering facilities and services

    • Critical manufacturing

  • Congregate settings with outbreak risk:

    • Incarcerated

    • Homeless

Phase 1C

  • Individuals 50 -64 years of age

  • People 16-49 years of age who have an underlying health condition or disability which increases their risk of severe COVID-19

  • Those at risk of exposure at work in the following sectors:

    • Water and wastewater

    • Defense

    • Energy

    • Chemical and hazardous materials

    • Communications and IT

    • Financial services

    • Government operations / community-based essential functions