Blue Shield of California
COVID-19 Resource Center for Employers, Plan Sponsors, Brokers and Consultants

COVID-19 vaccines

Blue Shield of California is connecting you to the resources you need.

COVID-19 vaccine information and administration is complex and evolving daily. Below you will find resources to help you navigate to vaccine resources currently available.

Essential information about the COVID-19 vaccine

A phased approach:
Know your turn

Administration of the COVID-19 vaccine is a complex, evolving system requiring coordination at the federal, state, and county level. Different geographies may move through phases at different paces based on vaccine supply and population demographics.

Below is the latest in California’s phased approach. We recommend using the MyTurn website to check vaccination eligibility.

Healthcare workers and long-term care residents (Phase 1A)

Now vaccinating

People with high chance of exposure and those 65 or older (Phase 1B)

Sector populations with high chance of exposure:

  • Agriculture and food
  • Education and childcare
  • Emergency services

Now vaccinating

Individuals age 16 or older at higher risk

People with certain signicant high risk: • Medical conditions

  • Disabilities
  • Illnesses
  • Living spaces
  • Work environments

Now vaccinating

Individuals 50 or older

Starts April 1, 2021

Every Californian 16 or older

Vaccination of people younger than 16 will start as soon as the COVID-19 vaccines are approved for them.

Starts April 15, 2021

Administration is managed locally:
Get connected

It is up to each state to determine when to move into various phases and county or city health departments facilitate local vaccine distribution. Use the dropdowns below to find vaccine information by county (for the state of California) or by state.

Select your county

This information is updated weekly and based on available resources including county public health department websites. Prioritization may change without notification based on vaccine supply availability. Individuals should confirm eligibility when scheduling an appointment. Proof of eligibility may be required.

Find a vaccination location

Eligible individuals, based on location and phase, can receive vaccinations through several options. Vaccines are provided at no cost to individuals regardless of the location. Scheduling an appointment is usually required. Some vaccine administrators/sites require documentation to confirm eligibility, such as an ID card, work badge, pay stub, or employer letter. Please check administrator websites for information.

Public health departments

County/local public health departments have set up vaccination sites in their area. This includes 'supersites' such as sports parks or event venues. Check county sites in the above section.

Register for updates on MyTurn. Scheduling vaccination appointments may be available in select counties.

Health systems / Healthcare providers

Not all providers have COVID-19 vaccines; distribution is determined by the state. Some provider sites allow users to register, and receive a notification when they are eligible for vaccination and appointments are available.

Beginning March 15, 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.

Some provider sites allow users to register, and receive a notification when they are eligible for vaccination and appointments are available.

Retail pharmacies

The pharmacies listed below are offering COVID-19 vaccinations. Check the pharmacy websites for information, including registering for updates and scheduling appointments. Availability of vaccinations varies by location. Appointments are required and prioritization follows the state guidelines.

Select national pharmacies receive supplies of COVID-19 vaccines as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Other pharmacies receive doses through the state or local health departments.

MyTurn is the recommended source for determining eligibility and scheduling a vaccination appointment when eligible. Additional resources exist in the market that identify specific locations offering vaccines. While they may be useful to some users, Blue Shield cannot endorse these resources as the information has not been verified.

On-site vaccination administration for employers/businesses are not generally available at this time. Blue Shield is working with our contracted providers and pharmacies for planning and will update this resource as information becomes available.