COVID-19 Vaccine Updates
- Vax for the Win Incentive Program: Get Vaccinated and You Could Win $1.5M! Ten winners will be selected on June 15th to receive $1.5 million each. Thirty winners will also be selected for cash prizes of $50,000. All Californians who have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose will be automatically entered to win. People who get vaccinated May 27th or after will also receive a $50 gift card of their choice (while supplies last). For more information, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/vax-for-the-win/
- Be Aware of Fraudulent Activity Related to the Vax for the Win Incentive Program. Winners will be notified by officials from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) through official “State of CA CDPH” call ID, text, CDPH email address, or in-person by CDPH district staff. Winners will not be asked to pay any fees associated with verifying eligibility and will not be asked for their bank information. They will be emailed an official governmental form by CDPH in order to be awarded their winnings. If you have questions or would like to report fraudulent activity, you can call the Vax for the Win hotline at 833-993-3873, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Individuals Can Now Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine at the Same Time as Other Vaccines. With substantial data and real-world experience with COVID-19 vaccines, health officials feel confident that it is safe for everyone to get other vaccines at the same time they get their COVID-19 vaccine. The revised CDC immunization guidance will make it easier for individuals to catch up on any immunizations they are due for when they get a COVID-19 vaccine at their doctor’s office. Click here to view the joint statement from Bay Area Health Officers in support of the revised CDC guidance.
- Public Vaccination Dashboard Now Available on the County’s COVID-19 Website. Santa Cruz County has launched a public dashboard documenting local progress on COVID-19 vaccinations. The dashboard includes data on the percentage of all residents who are fully vaccinated, or who have at least one vaccine dose. The data will be updated every Monday. Click here to view the dashboard.
- Everyone 12 Years of Age and Older is Now Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are an important tool that will help us end the pandemic. Get vaccinated as soon as you can. Check https://myturn.ca.gov or call (833) 422-4255 for help finding a nearby vaccine appointment. You can also go to VaccineFinder.org, or check with your healthcare provider or local pharmacy. Visit the updated Santa Cruz County COVID-19 vaccine webpage for more information.
- Vaccine Appointment Reminders:
- Please bring your CDC COVID-19 vaccination card to your second-dose appointment. Take care of this card as it is your record of vaccination.
- If you can no longer attend your vaccine appointment, please cancel your appointment so that it can be opened for other people.
- If you need a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but don’t have an appointment, you can call the County’s COVID-19 Call Center at (831) 454-4242 or you can email HSAC19VaccineClinics@santacruzcounty.us. Please include the date and type (Moderna or Pfizer) of your first dose for help in getting scheduled.
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
- Employer Vaccination Toolkit Available to Support Vaccine Access. Employers interested in supporting their employees with getting vaccinated can visit the State’s Employer Vaccination Toolkit. The toolkit provides information about partnering with local providers, requesting a worksite mobile clinic, as well as other best practices to promote COVID-19 vaccines. To set up a clinic through the County, employers can email HSAC19vaccineclinics@santacruzcounty.us. Businesses must provide the organization name, contact information, and number of people it employs.
- Youth-Led COVID-19 Vaccine Videos. FoodWhat’s Youth COVID-19 Communication Project provides up-to-date COVID-19 information from youth, for youth. The videos give youth direct access to trusted voices to help them make informed decisions about how to stay safe during the pandemic. Click here to view the weekly videos and for more information about the project.
- COVID-19 Vaccine Fliers:
- NEW! COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (English, Spanish)
- It’s Important to Get Your Second Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine (English, Spanish).
- Facts About the COVID-19 Vaccine (English, Spanish)
- COVID-19 Vaccination: What to Expect (English, Spanish), and
- Building Vaccine Confidence: Communication Tips for Healthcare Providers (English)
- California Department of Public Health Vaccine Fact Sheets. Click here to view downloadable COVID-19 vaccine fact sheets in multiple languages to help you decide which vaccine is right for you. CDC does not recommend one vaccine over another. The most important decision is to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
- Vaccine Interest Survey for Homebound Individuals. If you are a homebound resident of Santa Cruz County and would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at home, please visit https://www.santacruzhealth.org/coronavirusvaccine and click the “homebound vaccination” survey link near the top of the page. Available in English and Spanish.
- Bridges to Access: Community Bridges COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline. If you are over 65, call the Bridges to Access Vaccination Helpline for help in getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Bilingual staff provide information and help make appointments. Staff are also able to help homebound individuals fill out the vaccine interest survey for homebound individuals. Please call (831) 219-8607 and leave a message with your name, phone number, age, and zip code. They will call you back within 48 hours.
General COVID-19 Updates
- California will align its mask guidance with CDC’s on June 15th, 2021. California will keep existing mask guidance in place until June 15th, when the state expects to fully reopen the economy. While vaccinated persons no longer are required to wear masks in most outdoor settings, all residents are currently required to continue wearing face coverings in indoor settings. For more information about what will change on June 15th, click here.
- California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Face Covering Guidance. Vaccinated persons may remove face coverings while outdoors, unless attending crowded outdoor events. Unvaccinated persons must still wear face coverings outdoors anytime physical distancing cannot be maintained. Face coverings are still required to be worn in indoor settings outside of one’s home, regardless of vaccination status. Click here to read the full guidance.
Visit the Public Health Coronavirus Website, including the Signs and Media Library, Employer Webpage, and Informacion en Espanol, for the latest information, updates, and guidance related to COVID-19. Follow us on social media: Visit Santa Cruz County Public Health on Facebook and Instagram for daily updates.
New COVID-19 guide
Santa Cruz School District’s Timeline for Return to In-Person Learning
COVID-19 Vaccinations: Check Your Eligibility Here
COVID-19 Testing Sites
Vaccination Distribution Plan
AT&T Disaster Recovery- Customer Relief and Tips
Health Services Agency COVID-19 Information & Updates
Save Lives Santa Cruz County
COVID-19 United Way Resource Page
June Bilingual Family Resource Calendar
COVID-19 Information for Employers
Santa Cruz Fire Information
Sign up for incidents updates: www.tinyurl.com/czulightning
Live evacuation map: www.smco.community.zonehaven.com
“List Yourself as Safe and Well”: www.redcross.org/safeandwell
Public Information Line for Fire Incident: 831-335-6717
Res Cross Hotline for Accommodations for Evacuees ONLY:1-866-272-2237
Shelters are open to county residents. Pets can come, but we are requesting them to be under owner’s control – bringing a carrier not a bad idea. Let staff at shelters know if there are special needs. Behavioral Health on site for support. Food is being worked on. Sites are Santa Cruz Civic and County Fairgrounds – call the Red Cross hotline or just show up.