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COVID-19 Resources2021-03-02T17:21:22-08:00

Updated: March 2, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccinations at Open Door, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Open Door health centers are now vaccinating our patients against COVID-19 in line with Humboldt and Del Norte Counties’ Public Health plan.

To get a vaccine as soon as it is available for patients in your risk category, please sign up for MyChart, our secure online patient portal. We will contact you directly.

Please Note:

Information regarding availability for the COVID-19 vaccination changes rapidly based on availability of vaccine stock and by information received from the Del Norte and Humboldt Public Health departments.

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions from Open Door patients.

The exact timelines for when different groups will be able to be vaccinated are based on when vaccine is made available in our county. The exact timelines are unknown at this point because the information is changing quickly as vaccine is received in our counties from the state. Patients will be broken up into groups based on age and various risk factors.

You may hear the groups referred to as “tiers”. The current tier is patients 75 years and older (with one or more risk factors). Learn more about California’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan.

At this time there is no sign up list. We are only vaccinating Open Door patients. We are currently contacting patients 75 and older for vaccine appointments, and based on vaccine availability. Be sure you are signed up for the MyChart Patient Portal to be contacted when it is your turn. We will contact you when it is time to schedule your vaccination based on your age and risk category.

Notify us through your MyChart Patient portal and we will update your chart.

More vaccines will be made available in the coming months. There will be enough vaccines for everyone.

At this time, we are giving the Moderna vaccine in Humboldt County and Pfizer vaccine in Del Norte County.

At this time, we are only vaccinating current Open Door patients. Please contact your Public Health Department.

If patients and caregivers fall into the same risk category and are seen at the same location, and are both established patients of Open Door they can be scheduled together when it is their turn to receive the vaccine.

Caregivers in other risk categories/tiers and/or who are not established patients will not be given vaccine at this time. Caregivers can receive their vaccination at their Public Health Departments:

This message was sent to ALL patients 16 years of age and older, regardless of it they received the first dose or not.

Vaccination in Humboldt continues. As of 1/21/2021 the group of vaccines that were being held were released back into distribution.

Health care workers are in one of the first tiers and should be coordinating with Public Health to get their vaccinations. Please contact Public Health and request to be scheduled:

Open Door is following the CDC guidelines for how vaccinations should be administered, which includes prioritization for certain diagnosis known to put patients at an increased risk. Please contact your care team via MyChart to determine if you should receive the vaccination sooner.

Open Door Community Health Centers is committed to staying open for essential health services during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Your care team is evaluating all upcoming scheduled appointments to determine what appointments will be kept as scheduled, and what appointments will be rescheduled for a future date.

Please help us in the following ways:

  • If you are sick, please contact your health center before you come in.
  • Please wear a mask to your visit. If you do not have a mask, please let us know and we will provide one.
  • Expect to be greeted by a staff person, at your health center’s front door, to have your temperature taken, before being directed into the health center.
  • Please call ahead before you come in for a lab only appointment.
  • If you have an urgent dental need (pain, infection, swelling, or broken teeth), please call your dental center for an appointment.
  • Sign up for MyChart to communicate online with your care team.
  • If you have an appointment, do not bring a companion to your appointment unless a companion is essential to your care. Please call your health center in advance to discuss your needs.

This is a unique and rapidly changing event for our country and the world. We acknowledge the need for clear, transparent and frequent communication. We are working diligently every day on solutions to the many challenges that arise.

Open Door Leadership is following the guidance from federal, state and local public health officials around the transmission of COVID-19 and it is vital that our health centers remain open as an essential service to our community. We are continually evaluating and working to minimize risk to staff, patients, and community while maintaining our services.

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