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This information is current as of , 2021

  • 4Cs and our partners (see below) are working closely with SMC Health to ensure that we have the most-up-to-date information available and that early care and education providers are prioritized as highly as possible to receive the vaccination.
  • In addition to this web-page, 4Cs will be utilizing social media and will directly email providers when the vaccine becomes available for the field. If you are not in 4Cs’ database, or are unsure, please send your contact information to so that we can send you vaccine information.

Current status:

  • Vaccine priorities are being set by the state and federal government
  • SMC Health is providing updates on county distribution based on those priorities. They are partnering with the hospitals, clinics, and care facilities throughout the county to ensure they are positioned to be able to administer the vaccine.
  • The majority of vaccinations in San Mateo County will be done by health care organizations. When organizations cannot vaccinate directly, a county partner will do so.  Contact your health care provider for the most accurate and up to date information about when and how you can expect to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • SMC has begun vaccinating people in the top priority category, Phase 1, Tier 1a – front-line health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, and individuals over the age of 65.
  • Educators and child care providers are expected to be in the next group, Phase 1, Tier 1b. Tier 1b is expected to start in the next few weeks, though that may change depending on further guidance from the state. The exact time-frame has not yet been determined.

For more information:

SMC Health is coordinating county-wide implementation of the vaccine and has a dedicated web-page for vaccine information and status:

SMC Health provided more detailed information in the following presentation:

A FAQ from EveryChild California:

Frequently asked questions about prioritization of essential child
care workers in Tier 1 Phase 1B

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for two COVID-19 vaccines. More vaccines may be authorized early this year.

Learn more about FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines and watch a video on what an EUA is.

What is California’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan?

After healthcare workers and long-term care residents, the next to be vaccinated will be individuals who:

  • Have higher risk for severe disease or death (due to age or other factors)
  • Frontline essential workers – Child care workers are considered in this category
  • Are unable to work at home
  • Live or work in geographic areas that have been highly impacted
  • Are most likely to spread disease to other workers or to the public

What phase is the child care workforce listed for prioritization?

When will Tier 1 Phase 1B occur, making the vaccine available for child care workers?

  • Vaccinations are being distributed on a county by county basis.
  • Vaccination plans for each county are available at the county websites.
    • After focused and appropriate efforts to reach the prioritized groups, vaccine providers may offer doses to people in lower priority groups when: demand subsides in the current groups, or doses are about to expire according to labeling instructions.
    • Read CDPH Recommendations for Moving Through Vaccine Phases and Tiers.

Who and how will the vaccine be administered?

  • Child care and early learning professionals are categorized as frontline essential workers in Tier 1 Phase 1B of the state prioritization. It is crucial to contact your county Department of Health, your agency health care provider and partner agencies to see what access you have to vaccine distribution.
  • This is yet to be determined and will vary from county to county, see the county website link above to monitor.

What proof of employment will we need to be able to provide to staff? Will they need ID Cards?

  • We are still seeking clarification around the specific proof child care providers need to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. However, proof required by health care workers include: an employer-issued ID card, a letter from the employer stating current employee status and/or a recent paystub. None of these items have been deemed required for child care professionals, this is just a sample list. Your agency should begin to prepare a process now that can meet the need of providing proof of employment and proof of eligibility. EveryChild California will share resources and templates as they become available.

What can I do to ensure my staff has everything they need to get vaccinated when Phase 1B opens?

  • EveryChild California continues to advocate to get as much clarity on the vaccination process as possible.
  • We are still seeking clarification around this, EveryChild California will share resources and templates as they become available. 

Who will be the primary person of contact so that I can check on the status of the vaccination?

  • This is yet to be determined and will vary from county to county, see the county website link above to monitor.

Where can I review COVID- 19 vaccine facts and resources?

CDC: Information about the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

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