COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Update - The CDC recommends a COVID-19 booster (third dose) for anyone 18 or older who received a Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their second shot. For those who received a J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, it is recommended that everyone receive a booster dose at least two months after their initial shot. Mix and match of vaccine dosing is allowed. For more information on boosters and to find your vaccine, visit MyTurn.ca.gov or the Sacramento County COVID-19 Vaccine webpage. There are also vaccination sites in hospitals, physicians’ offices, local pharmacies, pop-up clinics, and more. Read the SacCountyNews story for details: 11/23/2021 - COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Update
Sacramento County Public Health Forum on COVID-19, Thursday, December 16 - Public Health has its next COVID-19 Community Conversation with Dr. Kasirye and Dr. Cohen Thursday, 12/16 from 6-7:30PM. We understand that many community members may have questions around the variants, vaccine and testing. This would be a great opportunity for community members to connect directly with our Public Health Leadership. Community members can register for the online forum Eventbrite registration: https://bit.ly/3qpjO3G. This event will have American Sign Language (ASL), Chinese, Hmong, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Arabic and Vietnamese Interpretation. NOTE: If you had previously registered on Zoom you will need to re-register on Eventbrite.
COVID-19 Holiday Safety Tips - Gatherings and travel for fall and winter celebrations may put people at increased risk for COVID-19. For a safe holiday, decide how to minimize COVID-19 risk while celebrating, e.g., wash hands often or use hand sanitizer, stay home when sick, wear a face mask and clean/disinfect high contact surfaces. Sacramento County Public Health recommends reducing the spread of COVID-19 during holidays by following the COVID-19 Holiday Safety Tips and read the SacCountyNews Story, Holiday Food Safety and Reducing COVID-19 Risk.
COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children Ages 5-11 - Soon, children who are 5-11 years old can receive the rigorously tested and reviewed Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Visit MyTurn.ca.gov to make an appointment starting Nov. 4, 2021 or contact your primary care provider for available appointments. The vaccination for this age group is a 2-dose series taken 3 weeks apart and is one-third the dose of the vaccine for those 12 years old and up. COVID-19 has become one of the top 10 causes of pediatric death, and tens of thousands of children and teens have been hospitalized with COVID-19. This vaccine is the best way to protect children, and before being authorized for children, scientists and medical experts completed their review of safety and effectiveness data from clinical trials of thousands of children. Learn more about vaccines.
Reduce Risk of COVID-19 for Fall/Winter Gatherings - Fall and winter are full of wonderful celebrations that can include large gatherings of family, friends and travel. Read the
Sacramento County Public Health COVID-19 Guidance for Holiday Events and Gatherings to reduce your risk while enjoying this time of year. For additional guidance go to the County’s Environmental Management website.
CDC recently released additional information regarding booster shots - The guidance outlines who should get a third vaccine dose and who can receive a booster. If you are confused, you’re not alone. Read the COVID-19 Booster Shot FAQs.
Teleconferencing Recommendation for Public Meetings - The Sacramento County Health Officer currently recommends the use of teleconferencing for local legislative bodies, including commissions, committees, boards, and councils to allow for virtual participation in public meetings and is a social distancing measure that may help control the transmission of COVID-19 and its variants. Utilizing teleconferencing options for public meetings is an effective and recommended social distancing measure to facilitate participation in public affairs and is intended to satisfy the requirement of the Brown Act. Please review the SCPH Teleconferencing Recommendation Document (09/28/2021).
FDA Approves COVID-19 Vaccine - Comirnaty - On Aug. 23, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the vaccine, Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 for those 16 years old and older, which had been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine under the emergency use authorization – EUAs are used during public health emergencies to prevent, diagnose, or treat a disease. The vaccine also continues to be available under the EUA for individuals 12 through 15 years old and as a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals. Read the details on the FDA website:
Indoor Mega Events Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or Negative Test - CDPH announced that starting Sept. 20 through Nov. 1, mega events in California require attendees of indoor gatherings with 1,000 or more must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or show a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event beginning. Review details: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Beyond-Blueprint-QA.aspx
July 30, 2021 Sacramento County Health Order - The Sacramento County Health Office issued a Health Order that is effective July 30, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., and will continue to be in effect until rescinded or amended. The Order reflects the CDPH Guidance for Face Coverings and directs that face coverings are to be worn, regardless of vaccination status, in all Sacramento County indoor public settings, venues, gatherings, and workplaces, such as, but not limited to: offices, retail stores, restaurants and bars, theaters, family entertainment centers, conference centers, and State and local government offices serving the public. Read the July 30, 2021 Sacramento County Health Order for details.
New CDPH Face Coverings Guidance, July 28, 2021 - About 15 percent of the population do not have the option for vaccination and the more contagious Delta variant develops more severe symptoms. As a result, CDPH recommends universal masking indoors statewide. Until we reach immunity through vaccination, the COVID-19 infection risk will remain.
View the July 28, 2021 CDPH Guidance for Face Coverings.
State Provides a Portal to Access Your Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record - You can safely access your digital vaccine record for free at MyVaccineRecord.CDPH.CA.GOV by entering your name, DOB, and phone/email associated with your vaccine record. Then create a four-digit PIN that generates a special QR code so you decide how and when to share your vaccination record. This is an optional means to obtain your COVID-19 vaccine information, and is the digital version of your paper vaccine card. It is one of the options to show proof of vaccination - the QR code will work with specific types of QR readers. However, the State is not implementing a mandatory passport system in California. Learn more and access your digital vaccine record by going to https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/