NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. February 11, 2021 – Ryan Gruver, Health & Human Services Director, Dr. Scott Kellerman, Public Health Officer for Nevada County and Dr. Alinea Stevens, Medical Director for Chapa-De Indian Health, joined us for the weekly status update.
As of this week 12,318 doses of vaccine have been administered to Nevada County residents. This includes both first and second doses. In accordance with state guidelines, Nevada County started by vaccinating healthcare providers and people aged 75 and over.
Last Friday, new state guidelines changed the parameters. Phase 1A and Phase 1B are now eligible to be vaccinated.
Dr. Stevens reported that Chapa De has limited doses available for their patients and, like all other providers, is prioritizing the most vulnerable populations with a focus on equity. “Right now, we are able to vaccinate Chapa-De only patients, 65 and up and our American Indian patients 18-64 with certain medical conditions. If you want to check if you are eligible, you can go to our website. We update that as soon as there is new information. However, it is only for Chapa-De patients, because that’s the number [of patients] we have given the federal government, and that’s what the number of doses are based on. Unfortunately, even though we’d like to immunize everyone, we just don’t have the doses. “
Ryan Gruver talked about the importance of signing up through the state’s MyTurn.ca.gov website. Once doses arrive in Nevada County, Public Health can notify qualifying people of the availability and you can then sign up for appointments. Nevada County is in the process of beta testing the interaction between the site and their system with very limited appointments being made available.
“We need to test it to work out the kinks, and there were some kinks with