At this time, COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) approval for use in the United States. The first shipments of Pfizer and Moderna vaccine have been received in Tuolumne County and we continue to receive some additional shipments of first and second doses. Some of the vaccine was redistributed to our neighboring counties as part of the statewide distribution plan, and vaccinations have been administered to individuals according to the State's phased plan. More shipments of vaccine are expected in the coming weeks and months, yet the situation remains fluid. As new details become available regarding COVID-19 vaccines, Tuolumne County Public Health will update the information on this website.
At first, supply will be very limited. Vaccines will be given in phases according to priority groups. Tuolumne County is following federal and state guidelines, as well as working with our healthcare and community partners to determine the groups receiving vaccine.
As the vaccine becomes available for the general public, information and details on COVID-19 vaccination sites will be shared.
*We were notified on 1/17/21 that a higher than usual number of adverse events were reported with a specific lot of Moderna vaccine administered at one vaccination clinic outside of Tuolumne County. Out of an extreme abundance of caution, providers are recommended to pause the use of this lot of Moderna vaccine while the CDC and FDA review the situation. Tuolumne County Public Health has received some of this lot number and it has been put aside and will not be used at this time.
We are currently working through the last of Phase 1A and beginning to move into Phase 1B, Tier 1 of the vaccine distribution plan based on vaccine availability. Vaccine is being administered primarily at Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) by appointment.