Roth also said the latest vaccine — which isn’t considered a booster, but an entirely new vaccine that replaces the former vaccine and handles the newest variants — will be available in Contra Costa County either at the end of this week or the beginning of next week.
“For those of you who have not been vaccinated in the last 60 days, you will be eligible,” Roth said. “This is a vaccine for everybody 6 months and over.”
Roth said the county is no longer running any mass vaccination sites and people should go to their regular providers.
“We do expect that there will be high demand the first couple of weeks,” Roth said. “What we have historically seen is that demand settles down and your regular providers will have the vaccine available.”
Roth said Contra Costa Health providers will turn no one away, but it’s important to go to a regular provider, who can record the vaccination for people to keep track.
Dr. Sefanit Mekuria, the county’s deputy health officer, told the board that the county — and county libraries — are still offering free test kits through the mail.
Sonoma County’s health officer issued a similar order Tuesday for health care workers who work directly with patients to wear face masks during an anticipated surge in the transmission of respiratory viruses this fall and winter.
The order lasts from Nov. 1 to April 30 and covers workers in facilities such as hospitals, clinics and other facilities where patient care is provided indoors.
“Each year we see that higher rates of influenza, COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses that can cause severe respiratory infections occur annually between late fall and spring,” said Dr. Karen Smith, Sonoma County’s health officer.