March 31, 2021

Kaiser Vaccination Update

 

As you’ve probably heard, California is expanding vaccine eligibility to people 50+ starting April 1, and to people 16+ starting April 15.  Kaiser Permanente welcomes this broadening in vaccine eligibility. Please keep in mind we’re not able to preschedule appointments in advance of these eligibility dates and our ability to accommodate all who will be eligible is dependent on Kaiser Permanente receiving enough vaccine supply.   

How to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination

In order to properly screen and physically distance people, we are providing the vaccine by appointment only. People should:

  • Visit kp.org/covidvaccine to check appointment availability and follow instructions to book an appointment. If we do not have enough information, individuals may be asked to complete an e-visit and will be sent a booking link. Individuals who don’t have access to kp.org may call 1-866-454-8855 for assistance.

Please note that we are currently experiencing high call volumes and you may experience longer than normal wait times. Appointments will be scheduled as supply allows.

People can get the vaccine from any provider that has been approved as a COVID-19 vaccine distributor by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Visit California’s My Turn site where people can search for available vaccination appointments at many locations in their area, including select Kaiser Permanente facilities, vaccination hubs (new hub opening in Bakersfield), and other sites. Some cities and counties may have expanded vaccine eligibility to additional groups. People can check Northern California local health department sites for additional information.

Current COVID-19 vaccination eligibility

Kaiser Permanente is now providing COVID-19 vaccine appointments for essential workers including those in the following industries:

  • Agriculture and food
  • Education and childcare
  • Emergency services
  • Public transit

For a complete list of essential workers and for definitions of each industry, visit the California COVID-19 vaccine website.

We are also offering vaccine appointments to residents and workers in high-risk congregate settings and people 16 to 64 with certain medical conditions that put them at increased risk of complications from COVID-19. For a list of eligible medical conditions, visit the CDC COVID-19 website. Kaiser Permanente also continues to vaccinate health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, and people 65 and older.

Answers to your COVID-19 vaccine questions

Visit kp.org/covidvaccine to find the latest information on who we’re vaccinating now, who we’ll be vaccinating next, and Kaiser Permanente’s total vaccination progress across California.

You can also view additional information, including state eligibility guidelines, at COVID-19 vaccine — What employers need to know.

Kaiser Permanente administered our first COVID-19 vaccine 100 days ago and since then we’ve administered more than 2.5 million doses in our facilities as well as hundreds of thousands of doses at mass vaccination sites in several states. Watch this video to see how far we’ve come since that first vaccination.

Stay hopeful, stay safe

Please continue to protect yourself and your loved ones — wear a mask, wash your hands often, and avoid crowds, even after vaccination, to help ensure we are not spreading the virus. Together, we’ll continue to keep your workforce — and our communities — healthy and strong.

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by Brooke Fishel, Director of Labor Relations