ACIP, California Workgroups Finalize Recommendations for First Phase of COVID-19 Vaccines

On Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) issued its recommendations for recipients of the first round of COVID-19 vaccines. ACIP determined both health care personnel and residents of long-term care facilities be offered the first vaccines that are anticipated to be distributed over the coming weeks. The full CDC ACIP recommendation is available here.

Additionally, this week, the California COVID-19 Drafting Guidelines Workgroup and Community Advisory Committee similarly finalized its recommendations for recipients of the first round of COVID-19 vaccines. In Phase 1a, California will prioritize health care personnel and long-term care facility residents. The state is anticipated to receive 327,600 doses of the Pfizer vaccine within the next two weeks.

Based on the scarcity of vaccine supplies expected to be received, the state will additional sub-prioritize vaccine allocation into three tiers:

Tier 1:

  • Acute care, psychiatric, and correctional facility hospitals
  • Skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and similar settings for older or medically vulnerable
  • Paramedics, EMTs, and other providing emergency medical services
  • Dialysis centers

Tier 2:

  • Immediate care facilities
  • Home health care and in-home supportive services
  • Community health workers
  • Public health field staff
  • Primary care clinics, including Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Centers, correctional facility clinics and urgent care clinics

Tier 3:

  • Other settings and health care workers
  • Specialty clinics
  • Laboratory workers
  • Dental/oral health clinics
  • Pharmacy staff not working in settings at higher tiers

Additional information on COVID-19 vaccine distribution in California is available here.