The County continues to pat themselves on the back for their handling of the vaccine doses. Perhaps they deserve credit, but I will continue to scream out against Newsom and the way his people are handling the vaccine rollout. It seems most of the problem stems from confusing and contradictory and impossible announcements from Sacramento. Governor Newsom does not seem to be engaged in reality. With that said, is there anything we can do to help or speed up the process?
There has been quite a bit of confusion regarding who can get vaccinated for COVID19 and when. In order to schedule a vaccination, and to try to clear up any confusion, there was a pretty good article in late January on the issue-click here for the PD article-
The frustration is nearly universal in the Bay Area. Companies doing essential work (like most of our ECA firms), want to get their employees vaccinated as soon as possible. In the ongoing (three this week alone!) Zoom meetings I participate in regarding vaccinations, the County sounds like a broken record: “we are not getting enough vaccinations, so we are allowing those at most risk to get vaccinated first. As we continue to move forward, your health providers might be your best bet to schedule vaccinations (Kaiser, Sutter, Memorial) while others are also getting vaccinations to administer (Walgreens, CVS, Safeway) and people are kind of left to fend for themselves when it comes to contacting these “third party” vaccine administering agencies. The County has their SoCoemergencyvaccine website that will frustratingly inform you that our essential workers are scheduled to get vaccinations sometime this summer or Fall.
President Josh Cleaver was not satisfied with this and directed me to contact the County and see if we can, at risk of bad publicity, pay for vaccinations and get them early. I have done so and there is a “glimmer” of hope along that avenue. I should hear back from the County on Monday (a Holiday) or Tuesday about securing 50-100 vaccination slots a week for our essential workers. If this happens, rest assured, I will come out with an email blast next week to inform you of such.
In the meantime, some people are going to great lengths to travel outside of the area to get vaccinated. To try and go out on your own to “beat the system” is tedious, frustrating, time consuming, and not at all certain of success. Again, the latest reporting on that issue is from the PD today and the article is right here-
The frustration is real. The danger of contracting COVID 19 is real. I am doing all that I can to work within and maybe even a bit outside, of the system to get our people vaccinated as soon as possible.
Thanks for your patience-below are some websites that we have been including and perhaps there is some new information for you to assimilate in those announcements. Perhaps some of you can travel out of County or out of State and see how much less confusion exists there. I know I got in on Feb 1 and got my first dose and I go back on Feb 22 for my 2nd dose. Easy.
We all want the same thing. We just want to have the message get out to local administrators that we want them to JUST SHOOT ME with the vaccine!!!
Perhaps they will soon.
That’s all folks!
Where and When Do YOU Get Vaccinated?
In Sonoma County-To find out what your vaccination eligibility is, go to
In Marin County- To find out what your vaccination eligibility is, go to
In Napa County-go to
I expect all or you are up to speed on CARB compliance issues, but if you need to refresh your equipment manager/fleet manager on the rules, here is a handy link for CARB compliance