California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) and the California Department of Corrections (CDCR) are working to provide a vaccine for COVID-19. In alignment with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) priority guidelines, vaccination administration started on December 22, 2020 at California Health Care Facility (CHCF). While early vaccination efforts focused on frontline staff and patients in long-term/skilled nursing beds, we have expanded to all institution staff and yesterday we received further approval to include all incarcerated persons who are over the age of 65 and those at higher risk of complications. Vaccine administration data will be added to the COVID-19 Dashboard in the coming days.
It is our intent to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to all CDCR and CCHCS employees and incarcerated individuals. We are prioritizing the initial vaccine distribution in a manner that is consistent with CDPH guidelines.
All CDCR/CCHCS staff and incarcerated individuals will qualify to receive the vaccine by Phase 1C.
How does the COVID-19 vaccine work?
COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness. COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized by FDA have been carefully evaluated in clinical trials for their ability to protect us from COVID-19.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized by the FDA and have been carefully evaluated in several rounds of clinical trials. The CDC is also tracking any adverse reactions patients may have as the vaccine rollout begins.
Will a flu vaccine protect against COVID-19?
Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, however flu vaccination has many other important benefits. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death. Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever, not only to reduce your risk from flu but also to help conserve potentially scarce health care resources.