Who will get the COVID-19 vaccine next in California? Here's who's included in phases 1A, 1B and 1C

SAN FRANCISCO -- UPDATE, Jan. 13, 1:15 p.m.: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that Californians 65 and older are being moved up in line as next to get the vaccine, right after health care workers and nursing home residents. The tiers below have been updated to reflect the change.

As California continues to receive hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses, Gov. Gavin Newsom explained who is next up to receive the shot.

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Right now, California is in Phase 1A of vaccine distribution, which covers:

  • Health care workers
  • Workers and residents at skilled nursing facilities and other long-term care homes

After Phase 1A comes Phase 1B, which includes people who are unable to work from home, live or work in highly impacted areas, or are most likely to spread the virus to coworkers or the public.

But who does that mean exactly? Gov. Newsom offered more specifics Monday, but bear with us as this gets a bit in the weeds. Phase 1B is further broken down into two tiers.

Phase 1B, Tier One includes:

  • People 65 and older
  • Workers in education, like teachers, and childcare
  • Emergency services workers
  • Food and agriculture workers, like farm workers and grocery workers

Next up comes Phase 1B, Tier Two:

  • Workers in transportation and logistics
  • Industrial, residential and commercial sectors
  • Critical manufacturing workers
  • Incarcerated individuals
  • Homeless individuals

Phase 1C will include:

  • Anyone 50 and older
  • Anyone 16 to 64 years old with an underlying health condition or disability
  • Workers in water and waste management
  • Workers in the defense, energy and chemical sectors
  • Communications and IT workers
  • Financial services and government operations workers
  • Community service groups


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The state has received more than 2 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, Newsom said. Both vaccines require an individual receive two doses to be effective.

Newsom said more than 750,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have already been administered in California.

Phase 1B vaccination is expected to start at some point in January.
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