Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions

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.


Topic:
COVID-19 Vaccine
Question:
In a very recent FAQ response you state, "With that said TCPHB will be moving to vaccinating all those 65 years of age and older with or without chronic health conditions and all those 64 years of age and older with chronic health conditions," Did you mean, "64 years of age and younger"?
Answer:

My apologies yes, to clarify those age 18-64 years of age with chronic health conditions that put them at increased risk for severe illness and those 65 years of age and older regardless of pre-existing condition. 


Topic:
COVID-19 Vaccine
Question:
Will there be any preference given to essential workers trying to get the vaccine if they are not in the health care industry or a first responder? Or do essential workers have to wait until they are eligible with their age group?
Answer:

With the significant shortage of vaccine the state is trying to prioritize those at greatest risk. With that said TCPHB will be moving to vaccinating all those 65 years of age and older with or without chronic health conditions and all those 64 years of age and younger with chronic health conditions, and all those persons requiring their second dose beginning with the February 11, 2021 mass vaccination PODS. Essential Workers and other critical infrastructure workers will be prioritized in... Read more


Topic:
COVID-19 Vaccine
Question:
How many doses of vaccine have been received in Trinity County? How many doses have been administered? When will there be doses available for those who have been excluded for health reasons, from the mass vaccinations?
Answer:

Trinity County has received a total of 1,400 doses to date. We have given 240 of those to first responders, and other front line workers in Phase 1A tier one and some in tier two, including essential staff that will assist with Point of Distribution Site (PODS).  The hospital has been provided 300 doses to begin to vaccinate their high risk clients through their clinics. The remaining 860 doses will be distributed within the next 2 weeks as follows: 3 Mass vaccination PODS - February 5th,... Read more


Topic:
COVID-19 Vaccine
Question:
Is the hospital trying to arrange vaccine distribution to at risk people. My 72 year old husband had bad reaction to Amoxicillin but never to a vaccine, ie. flu, pneumonia, shingles. He has factors which make him vulnerable to Covid so he needs the vaccine as soon as possible.
Answer:

We have begun to allocate vaccine to our hospitals that will then provide the vaccine to their clinic network. It is our goal that all clinics in Trinity County will vaccinate their clients, starting with those that are 65 years of age and older as well as those any age that have existing conditions that put them at risk. We encourage our residents to reach out to their healthcare providers on a regular basis to check if the vaccine is available through their healthcare provider.


Topic:
COVID-19 Vaccine
Question:
How many total vaccines do you have available to administer during our first 2-day mass-Vax POD in Weaverville (now delayed one week due to weather)?
Answer:

We have 600 doses available at this time. We have had to accumulate those over time due to weekly shipments of 100 doses only to our County.


Topic:
COVID-19 Vaccine
Question:
Why not allow folks over 75 on blood thinners to get vaccinated by the county? Seems like you're excluding a lot of high risk folks.
Answer:

In order to ensure the safety of those being vaccinated, we are excluding persons that have both contraindications and precautions that could put them at risk in a mass distribution setting such as our PODS. This does not mean they are not able to receive vaccine through other avenues such as their providers, a pharmacy, etc. once vaccine is available through other entities beyond the health department.