Trinity County firefighters and other first responders have been receiving COVID-19 vaccinations as part of Phase 1A of the California Department of Public Health COVID-19 vaccine rollout. According to Trinity County Public Health, the county will soon see drive-through Vaccine Point of Distribution.
Under Tier 1 of Phase 1A of the vaccine rollout, firefighters, and others providing emergency medical services are among the first to receive access to vaccines produced by Moderna. Vaccines were administered by Trinity County Public Health staff.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the Pfizer mRNA vaccine consists of two shots, the second administered no less than three weeks from the first. The second shot of the Moderna vaccine comes 28 days after the first.
At the vaccination clinic hosted by Trinity County Life support in Weaverville Friday, Cudziol explained that those who have received their first dose may show their records to receive the second shot from any agency providing it.
In the last week of December, Trinity Hospital administered 101 doses of the vaccine to its staff.
Sheriff Tim Saxon said Monday that all TCSO personnel have been offered the vaccine but did not know how many had received it.
“I have been in contact with Public Health and they advised that the inmates will be offered the vaccine as soon as they get to that tier in the distribution,” he said by email.
California Highway Patrol officers at the Weaverville station have not received the vaccine.
Phased vaccinations in Trinity County will begin Jan. 29 and will continue every 2 to 3 weeks as doses become available. According to Trinity County Public Health, the POD will be located in the Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center parking area, which has been used for COVID testing since the summer. The POD will ensure that all listed in the next phase will be able to get their first dose, and those who have had it will have access to the second dose.
“TCPHB expects that COVID-19 vaccine access will expand beyond the TCPHB Mass Vax PODs as more vaccine becomes available and more vaccine providers are added outside of the Public Health system such as Pharmacies and Healthcare Providers,” a Monday release stated. “The start and end time and pre-registration information will be coming out in the next week for the Jan. 29, 2021, closed COVID-19 mass vaccination POD.”
Phase 1A eligibility
Eligible for vaccination on Jan. 29, Phase 1A will be all health care providers and caregivers, veterinary hospital providers and support staff, all social workers, community providers, law enforcement and correctional officers, all health technologists and technicians, emergency medical technicians and paramedics, providers serving individuals with disabilities, all home health care and in-home supportive services, pastors, reverends, priests, etc. that minister to ill individuals in the home, all COVID-19 response POD personnel and vaccinators, mortuary services providers, patient interpreters, patient transport, public health and environmental health workers, and workers supporting operations of outdoor recreational facilities.
Some have been moved into Phase 1A, due to significant infection risk, including those 64 and older.
According to Trinity DHHS, the county cannot vaccinate those with severe allergic reactions to medications, who may be using blood thinners, or pregnant or breast-feeding women.
“These persons should seek vaccine from their medical provider when it becomes available,” the latest release said.
What it does
According to DHHS, the vaccines generate some level of immunity within a week or two of the initial vaccine, but one may still get COVID-19 if exposed to the virus.
“A few weeks after the second dose, studies have shown that the vaccine efficacy is approximately 95 percent,” according to DHHS “Even after getting both doses of the vaccine, since the efficacy is not 100 percent, you could still get COVID-19, but according to what the science tells us from clinical trials, you’re probably going to have less severe disease than if you didn’t get the vaccine.”
The latest release said the vaccine has not been shown to reduce transmission of the virus.
“There is just not enough information yet to know if people who are vaccinated could still be carriers of the virus, even if they don’t get sick,” the DHHS release states. “We know so far through clinical trials that the vaccine does provide a lot of protection, essentially reducing the chance of getting the virus and getting severely ill from it.” Trinity DHHS recommends that people continue to follow the familiar precautions when outside their household.
More information is available online at www.trinitycounty.org or call the COVID-19 Vaccine line with questions or concerns at 623-8235.
As of Monday, Jan. 11, the county has had 297 cases of COVID-19, which have resulted in four deaths. One person remains hospitalized and there are 16 active cases around the county. According to the County’s COVID-19 dashboard, seven people are in active quarantine.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that hope is offered through the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, which are currently being distributed around the state. He said it’s been a challenge to get 100 percent of the distributed vaccines into people’s arms. He said the state has been working to increase the number of distribution sites and which agencies can handle them. He said more pharmacies, National Guard members, dental offices and others are being considered to implement vaccination sites around the state.
Editor’s note: Reporter Tony Reed is also a volunteer with Junction City Fire Department and responds to vehicle crashes, fires, medical aids, lift assist and other calls. He was among those to receive a first dose of the Moderna vaccine on Jan. 8.
On Monday, the California Department of Public Health announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19, including data on intensive care unit (ICU) capacity across the state. Based on ICU data, four regions, San Joaquin Valley, Southern California, Greater Sacramento and the Bay Area continue under the Regional Stay at Home Order. Once a region’s four-week ICU projection shows a capacity of greater than or equal to 15%, the order will be lifted for that area. At this time, the Bay Area remains under the Regional Stay at Home Order.
Current Available ICU Capacity by Region
► Bay Area: 0.7%
► Greater Sacramento: 9.7%
► Northern California: 35%
► San Joaquin Valley: 0.0%
► Southern California: 0.0%
Current Status of Regional Stay at Home Order in Affected Regions
► San Joaquin Valley: Remains under order; four-week ICU capacity projections do not meet criteria to exit order.
► Southern California: Remains under order; four-week ICU capacity projections do not meet criteria to exit order.
► Greater Sacramento: Remains under order; four-week ICU capacity projections do not meet criteria to exit order.
► Bay Area: Remains under order; The region’s four-week ICU projections will be assessed in the coming days.
Due to high rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations impacting the health care system, California is also under a Limited Stay at Home Order. The order applies to all counties that are currently under the Regional Stay at Home Order and those in Tier One (Purple) of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The Limited Stay at Home Order will expire after the Regional Stay At Home Order has been terminated in all regions of the state.
Hospital Surge Order
On Jan. 5, CDPH issued a public health order to reduce pressure on strained hospital systems. To preserve services for the sickest patients, the hospital surge order requires some non-essential and non-life-threatening surgeries to be delayed in counties with 10 percent or less of ICU capacity under the Regional Stay at Home Order where the regional ICU capacity is at 0 percent. Examples of procedures that may be delayed include carpal tunnel release and non-urgent spine surgeries. Surgeries for patients who have serious and urgent medical conditions will continue. Examples of procedures that will continue include serious cancer removal and necessary heart surgeries. The order will remain in effect for at least three weeks and will continue until rescinded.
The order requires hospitals statewide to accept patient transfers from facilities that have implemented contingency or crisis care guidelines as long as those transfers can be done capably and safely. On Dec. 28, CDPH provided guidance to health care facilities on implementing the Crisis Care Continuum Guidelines issued in June 2020.
Statewide COVID-19 Data
► California has 2,710,801 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.
► There were 39,839 newly recorded confirmed cases Sunday.
► The 7-day positivity rate is 14.2% and the 14-day positivity rate is 13.7%.
► There have been 36,170,528 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 343,704 during the prior 24-hour reporting period.
► As case numbers continue to rise in California, the total number of individuals who will have serious outcomes will also increase. There have been 29,965 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
► As of Jan. 10, a total of 783,476 vaccine doses have been administered statewide. As of Jan. 10, a total of 2,919,925 vaccine doses, which includes the first and second dose, have been shipped to local health departments and health care systems that have facilities in multiple counties.
Updated Travel Advisory
CDPH has issued an updated travel advisory. Except in connection with essential travel, Californians should avoid non-essential travel to any part of California more than 120 miles from one’s place of residence, or to other states or countries.
Avoiding travel reduces the risk of virus transmission, including by reducing the risk that new sources of infection and, potentially, new virus strains will be introduced to California. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Non-essential travelers from other states or countries are strongly discouraged from entering California and should adhere to the state’s self-quarantine procedures for 10 days.