Vaccine Eligibility

Alameda County's vaccine eligibility is aligned with the StateCalifornians 50+ will be eligible for vaccination starting April 1. Every Californian 16 and up will be eligible for vaccination on April 15, 2021.

Who can get vaccinated now

The following groups are eligible to be vaccinated now:

  • Healthcare workers
  • Long-term care residents
  • Individuals 65 and older
  • Sector populations: agriculture and food, education and childcare, and emergency services
  • Individuals with certain significant, high-risk medical conditions, disabilities, illness, living spaces, or work environments that put them at higher risk for serious COVID-19 illness (see below for more information). Individuals with these conditions are strongly encouraged to seek vaccination with a primary health care provider or system, or in an alternate clinical setting. Check first with your usual health care provider.

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Health Conditions

Healthcare providers may use their clinical judgement to vaccinate individuals aged 16-64 who are deemed to be at the very highest risk to get very sick from COVID-19 because they have the following severe health conditions

  • Cancer, current with weakened immune system
  • Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
  • Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent
  • Down syndrome
  • Solid organ transplant, leading to a weakened immune system
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (but not hypertension)
  • Severe obesity (Body Mass Index ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%

Disabilities or illness

Healthcare providers may then also vaccinate individuals with  developmental or other severe disabilities or illness if:

  • The individual is likely to develop severe life-threatening illness or death from COVID-19 infection
  • Acquiring COVID-19 will limit the individual’s ability to receive ongoing care or services vital to their well-being and survival
  • Providing adequate and timely COVID care will be particularly challenging as a result of the individual’s disability.

These include people with a range of physical and behavioral disabilities. Examples include all enrolled consumers of regional centers, independent living centers, in-home supportive services, and community-based adult services/adult day health centers, Medi-Cal HIV/AIDS waiver, Medi-Cal home and community-based alternatives waiver, Medi-Cal assisted living waiver, programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly, California children’s services program (if the child is 16-21 years old), and California genetically handicapped persons program.

Congregate living spaces 

Individuals who live or work in a congregate residential setting, such as an incarceration/detention facility, homeless shelter, or behavioral health facility, will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. These settings are at high risk for outbreaks and have a concentration of individuals with high-risk chronic health conditions. This includes people experiencing homelessness, who may transition into congregate settings at short notice.

Transportation and logistics – public transit/airport and commercial airlines

Public transit workers, including airport workers for commercial airlines (but not private airplanes), will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. They are at high risk for occupational exposure, and maintaining continuity of transportation operations is critical.

See CDPH’s Provider Bulletin (updated on March 11, 2021) for details, including a fact sheet on vaccines for people with high-risk medical conditions or disabilities.

When will more groups be eligible to be vaccinated?

Californians 50+ will be eligible for vaccination starting April 1. Every Californian 16 and up will be eligible for vaccination on April 15, 2021.

Sign up to be notified when it is your turn for a vaccine:

  • Register to the notified by the State when it is your turn for a vaccine and to schedule an appointment at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum on the State's My Turn website (available in English and Spanish)
  • Complete Alameda County's vaccine notification form in EnglishSpanish, or Chinese to register to be notified by the County when a vaccine is available.