Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions

Topic:
COVID-19 Vaccine
Question:
Hi, There has been some talk that the vaccine programs have been moved from the individual counties to the state. I have already had my 1st dose. When going onto the myturn website it states it will let me know when an appointment becomes available due to no priority. In Trinity County I got my shot based on the criteria of being 43 and a smoker. The criteria the state has set is different and no longer makes me eligible, it also makes no reference to 1st or second shot. Shouldn't 2nd dose be a priority also? Is there a way to ensure I get the second dose in a reasonable time frame? I know others who have these same questions. Thank you.
Answer:

Excellent question, as we transition to the public/private partnership with the Third Party Administrator to expand access to vaccination in Trinity County and ensure those at greatest risk are vaccinated, we will be providing second doses to all those that have received first doses for our PHB PODS. We will have the MyTurn ready prior to the March 5th PODS for persons to be able to register for their second dose.


Topic:
COVID-19 Vaccine
Question:
When will the people who need a second vaccine during the first week of March be able to schedule their appointment?
Answer:

We are anticipating registration will open on March 1, 2021 for all 4 second dose PODS.


Topic:
COVID-19 Vaccine
Question:
For those who received their 1st dose of the vaccine on Feb 5-6, will they have priority in scheduling and registering for their 2nd dose in early March?
Answer:

Yes. The PODS on March 5th, 6th, 12th and 19th are for second doses only. Persons whose second dose is due will register for one of these PODS that fall under any of these categories: on or after 28 days from the first dose or if these PODS do not fall directly on the 28 day mark, in order to prevent delaying the second dose until the next PODS persons can receive the second dose up to 3 days prior to the 28 day mark - for example on the 25th day after receipt of first dose.


Topic:
COVID-19 Vaccine
Question:
Are people who have hypertension and take medication for it (but are under 65 and have no other risk factors) being vaccinated at this time?
Answer:

Per the CDC these are the conditions that are likely to increase severity of COVID-19 illness and are therefore the conditions that qualify persons between the ages of 18-64 for vaccination:

  • Cancer, current with weakened immune system
  • Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
  • Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent
  • Down syndrome
  • Solid organ transplant, leading to a weakened immune system
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease... Read more

Topic:
COVID-19 Vaccine
Question:
When will I be able to schedule my SECOND vaccination for March 6th or later? I keep trying, but can't.
Answer:

For the March 5th vaccination PODS and beyond we will be utilizing the MyTurn statewide scheduling system https://myturn.ca.gov/ We are currently being on-boarded to this system and will have it on our website around March 1st or 2nd.


Topic:
Definitions
Question:
Does your definition of "resident" of Trinity county include people who own homes in Trinity county, live there periodically (do NOT rent out their Trinity county homes) and pay property taxes to Trinity County, as well as paying the special Health Care tax and donating to local volunteer fire departments?
Answer:

Residency means primary residence.


Topic:
COVID-19 Vaccine
Question:
I’m supposed to be in phase 1 for the vaccine due to my profession, but it’s impossible for me to be near a computer to register each time you open registration! I feel like I will never get a chance to get the vaccine if this is the only method of registration. Is there any other way for me to access the vaccine? I’m sure I’m not the only person having this issue.
Answer:

For those that are in Phase 1A that have not yet been vaccinated please call the COVID-19 vaccine line at 530-623-8235 and you will be prioritized for vaccine at our upcoming PODS.


Topic:
COVID-19 Vaccine
Question:
Why is smoking considered a chronic health condition under Phase 1B Tier 1, but asthma is not?
Answer:

Regarding the identification of chronic illnesses and prioritization the CDC outlines the following:

“Adults of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19: Cancer; Chronic kidney disease; COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease); Down Syndrome; Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies; Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from... Read more


Topic:
Testing and Laboratory
Question:
Why are so few tests being performed in Trinity County? How can we be confident in moving to the orange tier when such a minuscule portion of Trinity County has been tested?
Answer:

Thank you for this question, we continue to provide access and resources for testing weekly and through our partner agencies. We continue our contact tracing and case investigation efforts as well as encourage persons to get tested.


Topic:
COVID-19 Vaccine
Question:
Question: I am a 69-year-old teacher in Trinity County. When will you be scheduling appointments through the website for that group?
Answer:

Thank you for your question all persons including those that work in critical infrastructure such as schools that are 18-64 years of age with chronic health conditions that put them at high risk for severe COVID-19 and all those 65 year of age and older with or without chronic health conditions will sign up for vaccination starting with the February 11th PODS. We will be providing information on the registration process next week.