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After frontline health care workers, who will get the coronavirus vaccine next?


Shipments of the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines continue to arrive in our state as more and more frontline and healthcare workers get vaccinated every day.

Who will get the coronavirus vaccine next in California?

News Channel 3’s Caitlin Thropay breaks it down.

Many of the people expected to get the vaccine next are those who are unable to work from home or they live or work in highly impacted areas and are most likely to spread the virus.

The current phase we are in 1A has three tiers.

The next phase is called plan 1B and it has two tiers.

Phase 1B tier one:

  • people 75 and older
  • teachers and childcare workers
  • emergency services workers
  • farmworkers and grocery store workers

Phase 1B tier two:

  • anyone 65 or older with an underlying health condition or disability
  • workers in transportation and logistics
  • industrial, residential and commercial sectors
  • critical manufacturing workers
  • incarcerated people
  • homeless people

For questions about vaccines, call 833.422.4255 or email

News Channel 3 asked Riverside County Public Health how people will know when it's their turn to get vaccinated.

“We will be communicating out messaging, we’ll be communicating the description of who’s next, who’s up now," Jose Arballo, a spokesperson for the county said.

In these first few tiers Arballo said people like first responders will be contacted directly. The county will be working with community partners to reach out to those individual groups.

“We will notify them through the media as to when they can get vaccinated," he said.

He said it might not be a matter of finishing one tier before we move into the next tier.

“There might be some overlap because it’s impossible to tell when every person in a particular category has been done," Arballo said.

As far as cutting in line, you may be asked to show your work ID.

“Remember you have to register before you can get the vaccine so that’s one of the screening processes we’ll use at that level," he said.

Eventually, the county plans to convert some of their testing sites into vaccination clinics but that is still in the works.

Valley hospitals are still in the process of vaccinating frontline health care workers. They received their 2nd shipment of doses last week.

Valley nursing homes are expected to get their vaccines distributed by pharmacies this week.

Read more here: Valley nursing homes awaiting vaccines as pharmacies roll out distribution

We will need to finish the first phase before moving to phase 1B which is expected to start in January.

For questions about vaccines, call 833.422.4255 or email

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Caitlin Thropay

Caitlin Thropay is the Weekend Morning Anchor and Lifestyle Reporter for KESQ News Channel 3, The Desert’s News Leader. Learn more about Caitlin here.


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