VACCINE APPOINTMENT PORTAL OPEN FOR ALL TIERS IN PHASE 1a Please note that the vaccination sites are open to both physicians as well as their medical staff. Vaccine sites open at county health and hospital locations in addition to PAMF, Stanford and Kaiser. Website link: SCCFREEVAX.ORG Full Press Release from Santa Clara County Public Health Department Dear Santa Clara County Doctors, As of January 6, 2021, Santa Clara County Public Health has finalized their guidance regarding the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to health care providers in outpatient care settings. In partnership with local hospitals, vaccinations will be provided to PCPs and specialists and their office staff, including practices that are not affiliated with a hospital. Vaccine appointments are available on a rolling basis as vaccines become available. The projected supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines is subject to change, which may affect the processes for distribution of those vaccines to care providers. If appointment slots are filled up, please try again another day. This email summarizes our knowledge to date and collects important resources. SCCMA will continue to share key information with its members as it becomes available. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department is pleased to announce important information for healthcare workers on how to schedule appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. Those eligible for vaccination in Phase 1a are invited to check the County’s COVID-19 website for information on how to schedule a vaccination appointment. Healthcare workers who receive their primary care through Kaiser, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Stanford Healthcare, or Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Hospitals and Clinics, should schedule an appointment through those systems. Scheduling details are provided on the website. Healthcare workers who are not patients of Kaiser, PAMF, or Stanford may schedule appointments with either the County’s Health and Hospital System or El Camino Health. The County’s website contains the latest scheduling information for each healthcare network. We anticipate that additional healthcare partners will make appointments available soon, so we advise that your members check the website frequently for additional options. Please note that these vaccination sites are open to both your physician members as well as their staff. However, due to limited quantities of vaccine, our health systems must limit vaccination only to those individuals who meet criteria set forth by the CDC and California Department of Public Health. Healthcare workers will be asked to sign an attestation at the time of their appointment to ensure they meet eligibility criteria. Additional documentation such as an ID badge or paystub may also be required. Each health system will provide their specific requirements when the appointment is made. Website link to schedule vaccinations: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/COVID19-vaccine-information-for-public.aspx#vaccineinfo Who Qualifies for Phase 1a Vaccines: As reported in previous alerts, all health care workers who are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 – including both clinical and nonclinical outpatient medical office staff with patient-facing responsibilities – are included in the CDC’s prioritization group 1A . Vaccinations are currently ongoing for group 1A. Within group 1A, there are three prioritization phases and at this time ALL TIERS can make their appointments and receive their vaccines. Phase 1 includes health care workers in acute care settings Phase 2 includes health care workers in primary care settings Phase 3 includes health care workers in specialty care settings Medical Board of CA Notice: California has instituted penalties including discipline up to and including revocation of licensure for distributing outside the approved phase structure. April Becerra, CEO Santa Clara County Medical Association firstname.lastname@example.org | 408-998-8850 ext 3024 P.S. Pass along the appointment link to your independent physician colleagues please. This link is not for general public use and should not be forwarded to those not in Phase 1a. Phase 1b vaccination instructions are forthcoming.