Here's which COVID-19 vaccine distribution regions Central CA counties are in

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Saturday, December 5, 2020
Who will be given COVID-19 vaccine first in California?
On Thursday afternoon, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced those who will be first in line for Pfizer vaccines in the state.

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- California could see a COVID-19 vaccine by mid-December, and we're now getting a better look at how they'll be distributed among the state's 58 counties.

On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state would be divided into six regions for vaccine distribution.

It's another of many tier maps Californians are following now, but we've broken it down by which counties are in each region and how many of the first available doses they'll receive:

  • Region 1 (126,750 vaccines): Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura
  • Region 2 (80,497 vaccines): Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Shasta, Solano, Sonoma
  • Region 3 (8,592 vaccines): Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Santa Cruz, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yuba
  • Region 4 (35,145 vaccines): Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo
  • Region 5 (16,706 vaccines): Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced
  • Region 6 (59,910 vaccines): Imperial, Inyo, Mono, Riverside, San Bernardino
  • Most of the Central Valley's counties are all grouped into Region 5, except for Tulare County. It wasn't immediately clear how the counties were divided.

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    So what does this mean?

    Each region will distribute its first vaccines to healthcare workers, but those workers have also been divided into tiers.

  • Tier 1: Acute care facilities, psychiatric facility hospitals, correctional facility hospitals, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, paramedics, EMTs, emergency medical responders and dialysis centers
  • Tier 2: Intermediate care facilities, home health care and community health care workers, public health field staff, primary care clinics, urgent care clinics and correctional facility clinics
  • Tier 3: Specialty clinics, lab workers, dental clinics, pharmacy staff (especially in higher risk areas)
  • Newsom also said more vaccines will arrive in California from multiple companies in the coming months, and the state will continue to use a phased approach to distribute those doses based on risk levels.

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    He gave more details on who would receive the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine if they become available, broken into three tiers of priority.