January 27, 2021

Dear Members,

The Newsom Administration has announced major changes to the COVID-19 vaccine delivery system that will affect the vaccine rollout in the state. Beginning in mid-February, the state will implement a statewide standard under which the following groups will be eligible to make appointments to receive the vaccine, pending vaccine availability. These are the groups identified in Phase 1B, Tier 1.

  • Health Care Workers
  • Individuals 65+
  • Education & childcare workers
  • Emergency services personnel
  • Food & agricultural workers

Future groups will become eligible based on age. This statewide standard will move in unison across all 58 counties. This will allow the state to scale capacity up while also ensuring the vaccine goes to disproportionately impacted communities. Vaccines will no longer be available based on industry and there will no longer be a “tier” system.

We recognize that the transition to an age-based vaccine plan puts other essential workers, including the construction industry, previously in Phase 1b, Tier 2, in with the general population. However, the administration’s idea and goal is by simplifying the vaccine distribution strategy, it speeds up the entire process and everyone gets access to a vaccine faster than under the prior approach.

Should you have any questions, please reach me at my mobile number: 657-281-9720

Thank you,

Ray M. Baca
Executive Director