Where to get a vaccine (when it’s your turn) in Santa Cruz County

Vaccine

Between drug stores; the multicounty entities (MCEs) Dignity Health/Dominican, Sutter Health/PAMF and Kaiser; and county government options, here is the latest update on the various options that exist and who is eligible at the moment.

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been confusing and frustrating for many, as state and local public health officials send mixed, often-changing messages.

Officials are inoculating residents using a four-pronged approach that divides doses among the county, major health care systems, independent providers and pharmacies. Public health officials have said that most people will receive the vaccine through their primary care provider.

In an effort to provide Santa Cruz County residents more clarity, here’s a breakdown of all the places a person might go to get vaccinated. Two big things to note:

  • If you are an employer and your employees are elibile in Phase 1A or Phase 1B , or if you are in those groups but are not linked to an employer, you can fill out a survey by the county. The survey will help them notify businesses and individuals when and where they can receive a dose of the vaccine.
  • The state’s MyTurn system is now active in Santa Cruz County, but continues to show limited appointment availability and occasionally has technical issues. But everyone should still check for appointment availability if they’re eligible, and sign up for notifications if they’re not, officials say. The form is available here.

This story will be updated periodically as new information about the vaccine rollout becomes available. Here’s a look at the latest available information as of March 8:

CVS pharmacies

Who is eligible? People age 65 and older, Teachers K-12, day care and preschool workers, and staff, health care workers, food and agriculture workers, long-term care residents and staff.
How to make an appointment: Sign-up can be done online here.

Rite-Aid pharmacies

Who is eligible: Ages 65 and older, child care workers, food and agriculture workers, health care workers, K-12 educators, long-term care facility residents and staff, pharmacy staff, public health employees.
How to make an appointment: Sign-up can be done online here.

Walgreens pharmacies

Who is eligible: Walgreens appears to be offering vaccines to everyone who is eligible in California. The full list of who is eligible includes health care workers, long-term care residents, individuals 65 and older, agriculture and food workers, education and child care workers, and emergency services workers.
How to make an appointment: Sign-up can be done online here.

County Office of Education


Who is eligible? The County Office of Education is working to help facilitate vaccinations for teachers, school staff, and child care providers who live in the county, regardless of where they work.
How to make an appointment: You may not be able to make an appointment right away, but to be put on the appropriate list, teachers and school staff can call (831) 466-5600, and daycare/childcare providers can call Diane Munoz at (831) 466-5822.

Kaiser Permanente

Who is eligible? Kaiser Permanente members who are health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, people 65 and older, and those working in education, child care, agriculture, food and emergency services.
To make an appointment: Call Kaiser at (866) 454-8855 or use their online portal to schedule an appointment.

Sutter Health/Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF)

Who is eligible? Due to limited supply, Sutter is not currently scheduling first dose appointments.
To make an appointment: Call (844) 987-6115 or make an appointment on their online portal.

Dignity Health Medical Group/Dominican

Who is eligible? Dignity Health patients who are 65-plus, those employed in education, childcare, food services, agriculture, fire, law enforcement, and emergency services; and health care workers from Phase 1A.
To make an appointment: Call (831) 288-6526 or through the online patient portal.

OptumServe

Pedestrian clinic location: 250 Main Street, Watsonville
Who is eligible? People who are in Phase 1A of the vaccine rollout, 75-plus from anywhere in Santa Cruz County and South County residents who are 65-plus and live in the 95019, 95076 and 95077 ZIP codes.
To make an appointment: Call (877) 218-0381 or register here.
Days open: Thursday thru Monday, with 210 appointments each day



Salud Para La Gente

Who is eligible? Health care or home health care and in-home supportive personnel in Phase 1A, regardless of insurance. Also, those who are 75-plus and receive primary care through Salud Para La Gente.
To make an appointment: Call (831) 728-0222

Santa Cruz Community Health (SCCH)

Who is eligible? Health care or home health care personnel in Phase 1A, regardless of insurance or primary care provider and those who receive primary care through Santa Cruz Community Health and are age 65 and older, patients or non-patients.
To make an appointment: Call (831) 427-3500. If you are a health care worker, certification of status is required.

Emeline Health Center

Who is eligible? Healthcare personnel included in Phase 1A, regardless of insurance and people who are 65-plus and receive primary care at the Emeline Health Center.
To make an appointment: The health center is currently reaching out to registered patients. You can also call (831) 454-4100

Watsonville Health Center

Who is eligible? Health care workers in Phase 1A, regardless of insurance and those who are 65-plus and receive primary care at the Watsonville Health Center.
To make an appointment: Call or text (831) 515-9399. If you send a text message include your full name, date of birth and phone number. You can also contact the clinic main line at (831) 763-8400

Homeless Persons Health Project (HPHP)

Who is eligible? Healthcare personnel included in Phase 1A, regardless of insurance and people who are 65-plus and receive primary care at HPHP.
To make an appointment: Call (831) 454-2080 or register here.

The county also updated its vaccine tiers Monday. State health officials are still formulating final tier guidelines.