From the start of the pandemic, data and science have guided California's response to COVID-19. That continues to be true when it comes to vaccine planning and distribution.

California is leveraging its well-established existing immunization framework and emergency response infrastructure to coordinate efforts between state, local, and territorial authorities and administer the vaccine. The state is building on lessons learned from previous vaccination campaigns and seasonal influenza efforts to prepare and plan for the receipt and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and its implementation across the state.

A safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is one of the most important interventions to end the COVID-19 pandemic. California is working hard to be transparent, careful, and above all, equitable in efforts to provide a COVID-19 vaccine to everyone in California who needs and requests vaccination.


Advisory Committees

California has established three advisory committees to make recommendations on its distribution plan, which will draw from national recommendations but will incorporate considerations specific to California’s population, health care system, and state/local infrastructure.

The three advisory committees are:

  • Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, which also includes partners from other western states, will independently review vaccine safety and efficacy data.
  • Drafting Guidelines Workgroup is developing California-specific guidance for the prioritization and allocation of vaccines when supply is limited.
  • Community Advisory Vaccine Committee provides input and feedback to the planning efforts to ensure equity in COVID-19 vaccine access. CMA is represented on the Community Vaccine Advisory Committee by Hendry Ton, M.D., associate vice chancellor for health equity, diversity and inclusion at UC Davis Health.

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