Humboldt COVID-19 vaccine plan includes undocumented people and Spanish resources, sign up open

People who want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can now sign up and fill out a “vaccine interest form” on the Humboldt County website. 

This interest form is available on the county’s website under the “Vaccine Info” tab in Spanish and English. Filling out the form doesn’t book an appointment for a vaccine but it does help the county connect people to vaccination clinics.

Eligibility

People living in Humboldt County will be able to receive the vaccine once it becomes available for their phase and tier according to the state’s vaccination plan. Immigration status will not disqualify individuals from receiving the vaccine.

“Citizenship status is not requested for vaccination appointments, and people do not need to prove citizenship status to be vaccinated, only age or profession,” Meriah Miracle, the public information officer at the Humboldt County Joint Information Center, said via email.

Spanish Information

Miracle also said that, at vaccine sites, the county will use a phone based translation service or rely on Spanish-speaking staff to assist Spanish-speaking patients who have questions or want to talk to someone.

There is no cost to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

There is more information in Spanish and English about the vaccine, the timeline and availability of the vaccine on the county’s website.

Tiers & Timeline 

Graphic by Lupita Rivera and Steffi Puerto

Humboldt County is completing the  vaccination of healthcare workers and long-term care residents in Phase 1A of California’s vaccination plan.  

In February, the county plans to begin Phase 1B, Tier 1, to vaccinate those who are 75 and older, as well as education and childcare workers, emergency service workers and food and agricultural workers, according to an infographic by the Humboldt County Joint Information Center.

The state has set the age minimum at 65 for Phase 1B Tier 1 but Humboldt County has decided to set it at 75. 

“Humboldt County continues to prioritize those ages 75 and older due to limited vaccine supply. Appointments will be scheduled by priority group as vaccine supply allows,” Miracle said.

When the county moves onto Phase 1B, Tier 2, they will be vaccinating 65 to 74 year olds, people experiencing homelessness, people who are incarcerated, and some essential workforce sectors. 

Following this, the county will initiate Phase 1C where those 50 and over, those 16 to 64 with increased risk of contracting COVID-19 and other critical infrastructure workforce members, will be eligible for vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccine will not become available to the general public until Phase 2, the health department asks residences to continue to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. 

Photo courtesy of Humboldt Public Health

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