Check your county for participating vaccination clinics, then click or call to arrange your vaccination.

Don’t wait – offer only good while supplies last.

Alameda County

Color Health

The Community Church, Greater St. Paul, and Friendship Christian Center locations only. 

Make an appointment on MyTurn.

LifeLong Medical Care

San Pablo, Richmond, East Oakland, and West Berkeley locations only. 

Go to https://www.lifelongmedical.org/covid-vaccine.html or call 510-549-5454 for more information.

Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center

Ashland, Fire House Clinic, and Union City locations only. 

Go to https://tvhc.org/covid-19-vaccine/ for more information.

Contra Costa County

LifeLong Medical

Brookside and William Jenkins Health Center locations only. 

Go to https://www.lifelongmedical.org/covid-vaccine.html or call 510-549-5454 for more information.

Kern County

Clinica Sierra Vista

34th Street, Arvin, East Bakersfield, East Niles, 1st Street, Fraizer Mountain, Greenfield, Lamont, and South Bakersfield locations only. 

Go to https://www.clinicasierravista.org/vaccinations/ or call 661-635-3050 for more information.

Los Angeles County

Center For Family Health & Education

Panorama City location only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://www.cffhae.org/ for more information.

Chinatown Service Center

767 N. Hill Street location only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://www.cscla.org/ for more information.

Curative

Palmdale Oasis, Santa Clarita, and mobile van unit locations only. 

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://curative.com/covid-19-vaccine for more information, including daily van locations.

JWCH Institute

S. San Pedro, Norwalk, Lynwood, Bellflower, Vermont, Southeast LA, Bell Gardens, Downey, Pasadena, and Lancaster locations only.

Go to http://jwchinstitute.org/ or call 866-733-5924 for more information.

Kaiser Permanente

Antelope Valley and Panorama City locations only.

Go to https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health-wellness/coronavirus-information/vaccine-appointments or call 833-574-2273 for more information.

Priority Care Medical Group

El Monte and Long Beach locations only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://www.cffhae.org/ for more information.

St. John’s Well Child & Family Center

Vermont Ave., Compton, Compton College, Crenshaw, East LA Civic Center, Lincoln, Magnolia, Rolland Curtis, Washington, Avalon, Clinton, and Williams locations only.

Go to https://www.wellchild.org/covid-vaccine-appointments/ or call 877-612-8299 for more information.

Orange County

UCI Family Health

Anaheim and Santa Ana locations only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://www.ucihealth.org/covid-19 for more information.

Riverside County

Curative

Riverside City Sears, Lake Elsinore, Indio, Palm Springs, and mobile van unit locations only. 

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://curative.com/covid-19-vaccine for more information, including daily van locations.

Sacramento County

Elica Health

Arden Arcade, Franklin Boulevard, N. Highlands, Mack Road, Marysville, and Midtown locations only.

Go to https://www.elicahealth.org/ or call 916-454-2345 for more information.

Color Health

Antioch Progressive Church, Life Matters Logan Park, Life Matters Point Natomas, and Bethel Ministries locations only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn.

Curative

McClellan Park, Cal Expo, and mobile van unit locations only. 

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://curative.com/covid-19-vaccine for more information, including daily van locations.

San Bernardino County

Color Health

Rialto Palm Ave, San Bernardino Depot, San Bernardino Downtown, Orange Way, and Chino locations only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn.

Curative

San Bernardino mobile van unit locations only. 

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://curative.com/covid-19-vaccine for more information, including daily van locations.

Dignity Health

St. Bernardine Health Center location only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://www.dignityhealth.org/socal/locations/stbernardinemedical for more information.

Kaiser Permanente

Fontana and Ontario locations only.

Go to https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health-wellness/coronavirus-information/vaccine-appointments or call 833-574-2273 for more information.

San Joaquin County

Community Medical Centers

Channel, E. March Lane, and Manteca locations only.

Go to http://www.communitymedicalcenters.org/ or call 209-425-0007 for more information.

Solano County

Community Medical Centers

Dixon and Vacaville locations only.

Go to http://www.communitymedicalcenters.org/ or call 209-425-0007 for more information.

Tulare County

Color Health

Granite Hills High School, Whitendale Community Center, Terra Bella Veterans Memorial Building, Strathmore, Goshen Neighborhood Church, Lindsay Wellness Center, Exeter Veterans Memorial Building, and Tipton SPDES locations only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn.

Ventura County

Curative

Ventura mobile van unit locations only. 

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://curative.com/covid-19-vaccine for more information, including daily van locations.

Yolo County

Elica Health

Halyard location only.

Go to https://www.elicahealth.org/ or call 916-454-2345 for more information.

Yuba/Sutter Counties

Curative

Yuba/Sutter mobile van unit locations only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://curative.com/covid-19-vaccine for more information, including daily van locations.

Terms and Conditions

PURPOSE: 

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will conduct a series of randomized drawings for prizes to be awarded to vaccinated persons in order to reinforce the importance of vaccination as a way to protect public health in the face of a pandemic. The persons identified in the drawings will be able to claim a California Dream Vacations trip.

TERMS OF PROGRAM:

Drawings for the six (6) California Dream Vacations will take place on July 1, 2021. Six people will be drawn at random on that date. Drawing dates are subject to change. An eligible individual can win no more than 1 destination vacation package. CDPH reserves the right to terminate or extend this promotion at any time.

ELIGIBILITY AND PARTICIPATION: 

The persons eligible for the drawings will be limited to living persons, age 18 and older at the time of the drawing, who were not temporarily present in California[1] when they received a vaccine dose, and are identified in the State’s vaccine registry, as of the time of the drawing, as having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.[2] No action is needed by eligible persons to be included in the drawings. No purchase or payment of fees is necessary for participation. Immigration status is not a barrier to eligibility. Incarcerated persons are not eligible. Employees of CDPH, the California State Lottery, the California Health and Human Services Agency, the Government Operations Agency, Visit California, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, and the Office of the Governor, and their immediate families, are not eligible. “Immediate family” means spouse and dependent children, consistent with California Government Code section 82029.  Note: Eligible persons below the age of 21 may not be able to redeem some portions of the California Dream Vacations is selected as a winner.

WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION:

  • CDPH will lead a process by which the State will randomly select provisional winners from eligible participants. To do so, CDPH will provide a list of random number identifiers representing each eligible participant – identifiers that can only be connected with persons’ identities by CDPH – to the California Lottery, which will conduct the random drawing using standard practices applicable to drawings that ensure randomness and integrity of the draw. The California Lottery will then transmit the selected numbers back to CPDH, which will identify and contact the selected persons.  Following confirmation from CDPH, CDPH will provide the winner with contact information which can then be used to contact Visit California to redeem their package. 
  • The names of award winners will not initially be announced due to state law concerning disclosure of immunization records. The names of award winners may subsequently be announced if consent is first received from the award winner. 
  • Winners will be given the opportunity to decline the prize or decline publicity associated with the prize. 
  • Accepting the prize will require giving consent to disclose the winner’s information from CDPH’s vaccine registry for purposes including, but not limited to, tax withholding/reporting.
  • If CDPH cannot immediately make contact via telephone with the persons selected in the drawing, CDPH will repeat efforts to contact the persons via telephone, text, email or other contact information associated with the person’s record in the State’s vaccine registry.  Contact attempts will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Time.  CDPH’s efforts to contact persons selected in the drawing may end 96 hours after the first attempt at contacting the persons, after which time they may no longer be offered a prize and another person may be selected for the prize from the pool of eligible persons. The method of attempting to contact selected persons, using the contact information available, is within the sole discretion of CDPH and not subject to appeal or review.  
  • The timing and degree of efforts used to locate a winner or to deem a winner ineligible based upon the terms of the program shall be at the sole discretion of CDPH. 
  • The random drawing will also include selection of alternates in case selected persons decline the prizes, are ineligible for the prizes, or cannot be contacted, to ensure all prizes are awarded.

ODDS: 

The odds of winning will depend on the total number of eligible persons identified in the State’s vaccine registry at the time of the drawing.  Publicly available data regarding the number of eligible persons may be found on the State’s COVID dashboard.

ADDITIONAL TERMS:

  • Prizes may be subject to taxation.
  • Portions of the California Dream Vacation prize packages may be non-transferable.  
  • Except as otherwise specified herein, prize winners who agree to the use of their names and/or likenesses for advertising and publicity purposes, do so without compensation.  
  • Proof of age, eligibility and identity must be furnished upon request.
  • Winners will receive the prize only upon completion of their second dose (when receiving a vaccine that requires that the person receive two doses to be fully vaccinated).
  • Awarding of prizes will be made through Visit California. 
  • Awarding of prizes is contingent on the completion of any necessary and appropriate paperwork to facilitate awarding of any prize. 
  • CDPH has the right to modify or end the Vax for the Win program at any time.
  • To accept and receive a prize, participants must agree to release and hold harmless CDPH, Visit California, and their employees, agents and officers from any claim, demand, judgement, award and/or any liability of any kind related to this Vaccine Incentive Public Health Program.

In the event of a conflict, these official rules supersede any applicable general rules or advertisements of the Vax for the Win program.

[1] The determination of whether a person was temporarily present in California shall be at the sole discretion of CDPH and not subject to review or appeal.

[2] Some persons who have received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in California may not be identified in the State’s vaccine registry.  If CDPH is unable to obtain vaccination status information about such individuals from other governmental agencies holding such information prior to the drawings, such individuals will not be eligible for drawings.  CDPH makes no commitment or promise that such information will be obtained from other governmental agencies prior to the drawings. 

Vax for the Win

California’s vaccine incentive program

Get vaccinated, get rewarded

We’ve already awarded millions of dollars in prizes and perks to vaccinated Californians, but we’re not done yet.

Get vaccinated and you could win one of 6 California dream vacations! No matter when you were vaccinated, you’re automatically entered.

Ready to win but not yet vaccinated? Do it soon for your chance to get a $50 card and a ticket to any Six Flags park in California!

And thank you for helping us beat the pandemic!

CA dream vacations

Tickets to Six Flags

$50 cards

How you can win

CA dream vacations - “Golden State Getaways”

Who’s ready to travel again? Get vaccinated and you could win a travel package to a great California destination! On July 1, we’re giving away 6 dream vacations, including hotels, food, and entertainment for up to four.

Plus you’ll get $2,000 for expenses. All vaccinated Californians 18 and over are automatically entered to win!

Get details for each package at Visit California. See Terms and Conditions.

Want to get away?

Illustration of California landmarks reflected in sunglasses with text WIN THE DREAM!

Tickets to Six Flags

Do you miss amusement parks? Select vaccination sites are giving away tickets to any Six Flags park in California while supplies last!

  • Six Flags Magic Mountain is the undisputed Thrill Capital of the World, with more coasters than anywhere on the planet.
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is the Thrill Capital of Northern California, featuring a unique combination of animal attractions, thrilling rides, exciting shows, and wildlife presentations.
  • Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles and Hurricane Harbor Concord offer thrilling waterpark fun for the entire family.

Just get your first vaccine dose at a participating clinic, and you’ll get a ticket.

But don’t wait. Each clinic has a limited supply!

Ready for some fun?

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$50 cards - “You Call the Shot California”

Not yet vaccinated? Now's the time. Get your vaccination now and get a $50 card! Choose between a $50 virtual cash card, Kroger card, or Albertsons card.

Only the first 2 million vaccinated starting May 27, 2021 will get this $50 card, so act fast. Available while supplies last.

You’re eligible to receive a $50 card if you:

  • Live in California,
  • Are aged 12 and older,
  • And get vaccinated starting on or after May 27.

To get your $50 card, just:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Get your code (sent within 7-10 days)
  • Redeem and pick your reward

See Terms and Conditions.

Ready to get rewarded?

Illustration of a $50 incentive card and what you could get with it: groceries, vegetables, and cash

Questions and answers

For rules, eligibility, and more details, see Terms and Conditions.

All drawings and incentives

What do I need to do to enter?

Just get vaccinated in California for COVID-19. No need to fill out an entry form. You are automatically entered in the drawing based on California immunization records once your vaccinator provides the state vaccination registry with your information. Vaccinations count whether you got the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. You must be living in California to win. Winner gets the prize money after they complete their vaccination series.

How do I book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment?

You can schedule appointments or find walk-in clinics at myturn.ca.gov. You can also use other websites or hotlines provided by the CDC or local health departments. Appointments can also be made by calling the California COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255.

What if I get vaccinated outside of California’s My Turn system?

You do not need to vaccinate through My Turn to be eligible. You are still eligible if your vaccination site is in California and reports doses given to the state.

What if I opted to not share my data with the Immunization Information Systems (IIS)?

The data is still reported to the state, so you would still be eligible for the incentive and other cash prizes.

How will winners be notified?

The state protects your privacy, and has taken steps to protect Californians against scams. The winners will be notified by officials from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) through official "State of CA CDPH" caller ID, text, CDPH email address, or in person by CDPH district staff. Only CDPH knows the identity of the person associated with the random number that has been drawn. For more information, see the Terms and Conditions.

Winners will not be asked to pay any fees associated with verifying eligibility for the cash prize. Any fraudulent activities or misinformation should be reported to rumors@cdph.ca.gov or 1-833-993-3873. Individuals can use this email address or phone number to report any concerns about the authenticity of any contact they have received related to cash prizes.

Will you make public the names of winners?

At the time of the drawing, no names will be announced. Winners can decline the prize, or decline publicity associated with the prize.

Does a person need to be a U.S. citizen to win?

No. Eligibility is not determined by immigration status. Those eligible to win must only meet the following criteria:

  • Live in California,
  • Are aged 12 and older,
  • And have received at least a first dose of their COVID-19 vaccine.

Who is not eligible?

You are not eligible if you are:

  • An employee of certain government agencies or their immediate family member, 
  • Incarcerated,
  • Live outside of California, or
  • Got vaccinated outside of California. 

Prize money will be paid after the winner completes their vaccination series.

I got a call about Vax for the Win that seemed fraudulent. What should I do?

Winners will be notified by the California Department of Public Health and will not be asked to pay any fees associated with verifying eligibility for the cash prize.

Any fraudulent activities or misinformation can be reported to rumors@cdph.ca.gov or 1-833-993-3873. Individuals should also use this email address or phone number to report any concerns about the authenticity of any contact they have received related to cash prizes.

Is personal health information shared through these vaccine incentive programs?

No, Californians' personal health information is not shared by these programs. The Lottery will assist the programs, but will not receive personally-identifiable information. All entries will be anonymous to them.

The names of winners won't be disclosed without their consent. However, the county of the winner could be announced. The state will ensure the drawings are fair, honest, legal, and protective of personal information.

Who pays for this program?

This program is being paid for by the State of California.

$1.5 million grand prizes and $50,000 Fridays

How will the prize money be paid?

All prize money is subject to taxation and will be paid by the State Controller’s Office. The prize money will also be subject to any back taxes, child support payments, or liens owed by the winner.

Dream Vacations

How will the Dream Vacations be disbursed?

After a winner accepts the Dream Vacation, their name and contact information will be provided to the organizer of that trip. The organizer will serve as the travel liaison for the winner. The organizer will contact the winner within five business days of them accepting the prize to provide details on redeeming the Dream Vacation. 

The organizing companies are:

Is there a choice of Dream Vacations?

No, one winner will be chosen for each of six trips:

  • San Francisco (4 people for 5 nights)
  • Greater Palm Springs (2 people for 2 nights)
  • Anaheim/Orange County (4 people for 6 nights)
  • Los Angeles (4 people for 3 nights)
  • San Diego Beach (4 people for 5 nights)
  • San Diego Downtown (4 people for 5 nights)

Do the Dream Vacations expire?

Yes. 

The Anaheim/Orange County Dream Vacation and the San Diego Dream Vacations must be used by May 31, 2022. 

The San Francisco, Greater Palm Springs and Los Angeles Dream Vacations must be used by June 15, 2022.

Are the Dream Vacations taxable?

Yes.

Tickets to Six Flags

How many free tickets are available and who is eligible? 

Six Flags is donating 50,000 free tickets to any Californian who receives their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination at participating providers starting June 16, while supplies last.

Which parks are eligible?

The tickets will be eligible at any of the four Six Flags parks in California - Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord.

How will I receive my ticket?

Paper tickets will be provided at the provider’s location at the time of vaccination.

Which providers are distributing tickets and how can I get an appointment?

There are 65 vaccination brick and mortar locations and a number of vaccination pop-up sites which will be giving away the tickets through 14 provider organizations. The organizations distributing tickets are the Center for Family Health and Education, the Chinatown Service Center, Clinica Sierra Vista, Community Medical Centers, Elica Health Centers, the JWCH Institute, Lifelong Health, UCI Family Health, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Centers, and St. John’s Well Child and Family Centers. Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health, Curative, and Color Health will also be distributing tickets in select locations. The counties covered by the site service areas include Alameda, Contra Costa, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Solano, Tulare, Ventura, Yolo, and Yuba. See the full list of participating locations.

When will participating providers begin distributing tickets?

Participating providers will begin distributing tickets to newly vaccinated persons beginning on Wednesday, June 16th following the announcement by Governor Gavin Newsom.

What are the terms and conditions of the tickets? 

Tickets are valid until September 6th at any of the four Six Flags parks in California - Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord. Tickets are non-transferrable and not available for resale. Any attempt to resell tickets will result in a deactivation of the ticket.

$50 cards - "You Call the Shot California"

How long will the incentive cards last? When will the program run out?

Cards are only available for the first 2 million eligible individuals. To be eligible, you must start your vaccination process on May 27 or later.

If I got my first dose before the incentive card program started, then get my second dose after it started, am I eligible?

No, you are not eligible to receive an incentive card. But you are eligible for the other cash prizes. The purpose of the card program is to motivate unvaccinated Californians to get vaccinated before the state fully reopens on June 15.

Can I get the $50 incentive card if I completed my vaccination before the program started?

No. The incentive card program is intended to motivate the remaining Californians to get vaccinated before the state fully reopens on June 15. However, fully vaccinated Californians are eligible for other cash prizes.

How do I get my redemption code?

If you get vaccinated on or after May 27, you’ll get a redemption code by text or email within 7-10 days after your last vaccination. For those receiving a two-dose series, your $50 card will be set aside until your completed second dose.

  • If you do not have a mobile phone or email address, then 7-10 days after your vaccination, you can call 1-833-993-3873 to receive a physical card.
  • If you don’t have a permanent address, then 7-10 days after your vaccination, call 1-833-993-3873 to coordinate delivery of your $50 card.

How long after redeeming the incentive card does it take to receive it?

It takes up to five business days to receive the incentive card. If you have not received your card after five business days, call 1-833-993-3873.

How will people prove they’ve had both doses? What if someone tries to cheat with a fake vaccine card?

COVID-19 vaccines are tracked in California immunization records. Incentive cards and other cash prizes will be awarded based on those records.

What if I got vaccinated, but did not receive my code?

If you do not receive a code after 14 days, call 833-993-3873.

Is there a choice of incentive cards?

Yes, there are three choices:

  1. Virtual Mastercard®: Not an ATM card so it cannot be cashed out. It can be redeemed online where Debit Mastercard® is accepted. This is a virtual incentive card and can be added to a phone mobile wallet.
  2. Kroger: Good at Ralphs, Food 4 Less and Foods Co. We recommend printing the card, as not all grocery stores can scan it on a phone.
  3. Albertsons: Good at Safeway, Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions, and Andronico's Community Markets. We recommend printing the card, as not all grocery stores can scan it on a phone.

Available while supplies last. If you are younger than 18, you will need to have a parent or guardian complete the card selection process for you, unless you are an emancipated minor.

Does my redemption code ever expire?

Yes. You must use the redemption code within 90 days to claim your card. Once claimed, the Virtual Mastercard® expires after 12 months. The grocery cards never expire.

This information makes vaccination data transparent and accessible to all Californians.

On this page:


Overview of vaccine administration

This chart shows all vaccinations administered in California, by county of residence. This data is updated daily.


Vaccination progress by group

These charts show our progress in vaccinating groups and communities with the most urgent need. You can view by Vaccine Equity Metric (VEM), race and ethnicity, age, either statewide or by county. These charts are updated weekly on Wednesday.

These charts use the California Healthy Places Index (HPI), developed by the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, which explores local factors that predict life expectancy and compares community conditions across the state. The HPI quartiles are the total state population divided into 25% segments based on conditions that shape health, including housing, transportation, and education.

The VEM combines HPI with California Department of Public Health (CDPH)-derived scores. Zip codes range from less healthy community conditions in Quartile 1 to more healthy community conditions in Quartile 4.

Vaccinations by zip code

A map of California with dots that provide zip code-level vaccination data

Select the image to go to an interactive version of the map.

This map shows the share of the population that has received COVID-19 vaccine by zip code and the VEM quartiles.

The percentage of those who have received a partial or full series of COVID-19 vaccine out of the total eligible population in each zip code are indicated by gray shading. Darker shades of gray indicate a higher percentage. Lighter shades of gray indicate a lower percentage.

The VEM quartiles are identified by the colors of the circles at the center of each zip code.


Vaccinating equitably across groups

These charts show how California has distributed vaccines to date and over time by VEM, race and ethnicity, age, and gender. Providing this information is voluntary and not required for vaccination. These charts are updated weekly on Wednesday.

Vaccinations to date

This chart shows how doses have been prioritized across VEM quartiles, which align with community health conditions. Our vaccination goals in this area are so important that we tied California’s reopening to them.

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Vaccinations over time

This graph shows our efforts over time to distribute equitably to different quartiles. You can see the progress made after two major policy and logistics changes in early March and mid-March.

Proportion of first vaccine doses by group

These charts show the distribution of first vaccine doses by race and ethnicity, age, and gender to date. Providing this information is voluntary and not required for vaccination.

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Vaccination data

COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the pandemic. We’re tracking the progress of vaccinating Californians across the state.

See the data statewide and in each county

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How do I get a vaccine appointment or walk-in site near me?

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Check myturn.ca.gov or call (833) 422-4255 to get a COVID-19 vaccine appointment or walk-in site near you.

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Use the CDC’s VaccineFinder to find an appointment or walk-in site near you.

You can also check with your healthcare provider or local pharmacy.

Get vaccinated – it’s safe, effective, and free. Vaccination is the most important tool to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Every Californian 12 and up is now eligible for vaccination.

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Vaccinations for kids 12-15

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is authorized by the FDA for those aged 12-15. It was found to be safe and effective in protecting children as young as 12 in clinical trials.

This broader authorization of this COVID-19 vaccine for younger people will help California build on our huge success vaccinating the majority of the population 16 and up. The COVID-19 vaccine is free for all Californians, regardless of insurance and immigration status. You will not be asked about your immigration status when you receive the vaccine.

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How to get vaccinated

Schedule with My Turn

Every Californian can sign up at myturn.ca.gov or call (833) 422‑4255 to get their COVID-19 vaccine appointment or find walk-in sites near them.

Schedule with a local provider

You can use the CDC’s VaccineFinder tool to find vaccination locations near you.

You should also check with your healthcare provider. They can advise if you can get your vaccination with them, or in another setting.

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Vaccines are highly effective against severe COVID-19. No fully-vaccinated person died due to COVID-19 during clinical trials of the three authorized vaccines.


How vaccines work

COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It typically takes a few weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus. That means it is possible a person could still get COVID-19 just after vaccination, because the vaccine has not had enough time to build immunity. 


What to expect after vaccination

You may have mild side effects

After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. These are normal signs that your body is building immunity. Your arm may hurt where you got your shot or you may have redness or swelling. You may be tired or have a headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, or nausea.  They may affect your ability to do daily activities, but should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects. Learn more about Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine.

The CDC recommends women younger than 50 years old to be aware of the rare risk of blood clots with low platelets after taking Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine, and that other COVID-19 vaccines are available where this risk has not been seen. Read CDPH’s Fact Sheet: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Benefits and Risks.

If you have experienced a side effect after COVID-19 vaccination, you can report it to:

  • VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System)
  • V-safe (After Vaccination Health Checker)

When to call the doctor

In most cases, discomfort from pain or fever is a normal sign that your body is building protection. Contact your doctor or healthcare provider:

  • If the redness or tenderness where you got the shot gets worse after 24 hours
  • If your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days

If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and rare severe allergic reactions.

What you can start to do

If you’ve been fully vaccinated, you can resume most activities that you did prior to the pandemic

Read more at the CDC’s When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated.

What we know

  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death.
  • COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19.

What we’re still learning

  • How effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Early data show the vaccines may work against some variants but could be less effective against others.
  • How well the vaccines protect people with weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive medications.
  • How long COVID-19 vaccines can protect people.

Get a digital copy of your vaccine record 

You can now access a digital copy of your vaccination record, known as the Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record. It’s available to you if you got vaccinated in California and your information is updated in the state’s immunization systems. 

This digital copy can be used as proof of vaccination. 

See Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about your digital vaccine record.

If you have trouble

If you were not able to get your digital vaccination record, you may need to correct or update some information. Follow the troubleshooting tips at cdph.ca.gov/covidvaccinerecord.

What might prevent you from getting your COVID-19 vaccination record:

  • The site you received your vaccination from does not report to the state’s immunization systems, or didn’t report your vaccination
  • The information you entered doesn’t match your record in the registry

If the record you received is inaccurate or incomplete, please update your information through the Troubleshooting Form.

Read CDPH’s Vaccine Record Guidelines & Standards for more information.


Vaccine equity for hardest-hit communities

The Governor announced seven equity strategies in California’s vaccine rollout to protect hard-to-reach communities, address vaccine questions, and drive innovative efforts in communities hardest hit by the pandemic.

Vaccination progress data

Spread the news about the vaccines

Vaccinate ALL 58 is our state’s COVID-19 vaccination program for Californians in all 58 counties.

Share that vaccination against COVID-19 is here. Visit the COVID-19 Response Toolkit page to find images and videos you can post on social media.

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Questions and answers

Vaccination for children

Do providers need parental consent before administering  a COVID-19 vaccine to a minor?    

Yes. Vaccine providers must obtain consent from a parent, legal guardian, or other adult having legal custody before vaccinating a minor. But there are some exceptions:  

  • Emancipated minors do not need the consent of a parent or guardian to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Providers may accept written consent from a parent or legal guardian of an unaccompanied minor. The written consent must verify the parent/guardian has been provided the Pfizer EUA Fact Sheet.
  • Phone or video consent is possible if the parent/guardian confirms that they have been provided the Pfizer EUA Fact Sheet or the Fact Sheet is read to the parent/guardian.

Families should check with their vaccine provider on acceptable forms of consent. See CDPH’s Pfizer Vaccine Minor Consent Guidance for more details.

Why should I vaccinate my child?

Cases in children are increasing. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that youth now account for 22% of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. This time last year it was only around 3%. It is important to get young people vaccinated to prevent new cases from increasing further.

The more vaccinations, the more we stop the spread of highly contagious coronavirus variants and shrink the pool of people vulnerable to COVID-19. By getting our 12- to 15-year-olds vaccinated, families can be safer as we get back to doing the things we love.

My child has had reactions to other vaccines – should they still get the vaccine?

Yes, unless they have had anaphylactic type reactions to components of the Pfizer vaccine. Allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine are rare and very few people have had severe adverse reactions. If your child has allergic reactions to the flu vaccine or other severe allergies, you should report that to their health providers in advance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and important to receive in order to overcome this pandemic.   

Is there an increased vaccination risk to children who have pre-existing conditions like asthma?

Youth aged 12 to 15 can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine even if they have underlying health conditions. If you have specific questions about a condition, please talk to your healthcare provider, local community clinic, or public health office.

Will my child be required to get vaccinated before returning to in-person schooling, especially in the fall?

While vaccination isn’t currently required to return to in-person learning, the state’s objective is to get as many of our 2.1 million 12 to 15-year-olds vaccinated prior to the new fall term. By getting our young people vaccinated soon, we can take comfort in knowing those over age 12 are protected against highly contagious coronavirus variants and COVID-19, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Why is the vaccine only for adolescents 12 and over? When do you expect vaccines to be available for younger children?

Vaccine trials and approvals commonly begin with older, more vulnerable populations then extend to younger ages. Adolescents were the next group to be prioritized because they are most similar to adults and are more likely than younger kids to spread the virus and become seriously ill. This approach balances the need for safety and speed, while protecting our children throughout vaccine development.

Both Pfizer and Moderna have ongoing clinical trials in people younger than 12. Depending on the outcome of those trials, authorization for this next age group could happen later this year. Johnson & Johnson is currently in clinical trials for the 12-17 age group.

Vaccines allocation and distribution

I’m an employer and want to help my employees get vaccinated. How do I do that?

The Employer Vaccination Toolkit provides all the information you need to:

  • Partner with local providers for offsite vaccination events
  • Request a worksite mobile clinic
  • Help employees find and book vaccination appointments
  • Share and promote resources that support employees in getting vaccinated

Getting vaccinated

How many COVID-19 vaccine doses are needed? Can I get my second vaccine shot at a different interval than recommended? Can I mix and match COVID-19 vaccines from different manufacturers?

Ideally, you’d get:

  • Two doses for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, 21 days apart
  • Two doses for the Moderna vaccine, 28 days apart 

The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine only requires one dose.

If two shots are required, get your second shot as close to the recommended interval as possible, but not sooner. However, if you can’t get it at the recommended interval, second doses may be given up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. There is limited data on how well these vaccines work beyond this window. But if the second dose is given after 42 days, there is no need to start over.

You can’t mix and match different vaccines. Be sure to get the same vaccine the second time that you got the first time. COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable with each other. The safety and efficacy of mixing vaccines has not been tested.

How much will the COVID-19 vaccine cost? 

Nothing. COVID-19 vaccines, including their administration, are free to the public.

Read more at the Department of Managed Health Care’s Know Your Health Care Rights.

Do I need to be a California resident to get COVID-19 vaccine?

No. Vaccine distribution is based on eligibility irrespective of residency or immigration status.

How do I cancel or reschedule my vaccine appointment through My Turn?

If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, you can do so on your phone or computer, using the SMS or email appointment confirmation notification you received after booking.

On your phone, click the “QR Code link” in your SMS appointment confirmation. This will take you to a web page that contains your QR code and a link to the “Manage your appointments” page.

On your computer, click the “Manage your appointment(s) here” link in the email appointment confirmation you received from My Turn. The “Manage your appointments” page will open and you will be asked to confirm your appointment with your appointment confirmation number and either your cell phone number or your email address.

After confirming, you will have the choice to cancel or reschedule your appointment(s). If you choose to reschedule both your first and second dose Moderna or Pfizer appointment(s), or your single-dose Johnson & Johnson appointment, you will have the choice to change the clinic, appointment time, and/or appointment date. If you want to reschedule your second dose only without changing your first dose, you will only be able to change the second dose appointment time.

Once you have made your changes and click “Continue,” you will receive a new confirmation email and or text message. Your original appointment will not be changed unless you click “Continue.”

I’ve already had COVID-19. Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. We do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19.

Can I get vaccinated against COVID-19 while I am currently sick with COVID-19?

No. People with COVID-19 who have symptoms should wait to be vaccinated until they have recovered from their illness and have met the criteria for ending isolation. Those without symptoms should also wait until they meet the criteria before getting vaccinated. This guidance also applies to people who get COVID-19 before getting their second dose of vaccine.

Will COVID-19 vaccine sites be accessible?

Yes. All vaccine clinics in California are required to ensure sites and services are accessible in accordance with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements.

How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine at home, if I am unable to travel to a vaccine site?

Check with your healthcare provider, local health department, or local pharmacy.

If you cannot leave your home to get vaccinated, you can indicate this on myturn.ca.gov or when calling the state’s COVID-19 hotline at (833) 422‑4255. If eligible, you will be connected with your local health jurisdiction to arrange for in-home vaccination services.

How do I get transportation to a vaccine site?

If you do not have a way to get to a vaccination site, you can receive free transportation through myturn.ca.gov or by calling the state’s COVID-19 hotline at (833) 422-4255.

Transportation options include automobile transportation for ambulatory patients and non-emergency medical transportation for non-ambulatory patients, including wheelchair vans, gurney transportation, and other options. Medi-Cal managed care and fee-for-service beneficiaries will be connected with their health plan or service provider to get transportation through existing health benefits.

You can also check with your healthcare provider, local health department, or local pharmacy. 

If you receive Medi-Cal through a managed care plan, contact your plan’s member service department to request assistance for transportation to receive covered benefits. If you receive Medi-Cal through Fee-for-Service (FFS), you can access a list of Non-Medical Transportation (NMT) providers in your county and you can contact them directly to arrange transportation to your appointments. 

If there is not a provider in your area, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) can assist if you email them at DHCSNMT@dhcs.ca.gov. Please do NOT include personal information in your first email. DHCS staff will reply with a secure email asking for your information about the appointment. 

If you have a need for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, please inform your medical provider who can prescribe this service and put you in touch with a transportation provider to coordinate your ride to and from your appointment(s).

What to expect after vaccination

What is acceptable as proof of full vaccination?

The following are accepted: 

  • Original DHHS CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (which includes name of person vaccinated, date of birth, type of vaccine provided, lot number, date last dose administered, and site where administered)
  • A photo or paper copy of your DHHS CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card
  • A photo of your DHHS CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card stored on a phone or other electronic device
  • Paper or digital documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider or other issuer.
  • A digital copy of your vaccination record from the Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (DCVR). 

Read CDPH’s Vaccine Record Guidelines & Standards for complete details.

What does it mean to be “fully vaccinated”?

People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they receive the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson/Janssen).

See CDPH’s COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People for complete details.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine make me test positive for COVID-19?

No. A vaccine will not cause you to test positive on viral tests.

If your body develops an immune response (the goal of vaccination), there is a possibility that you may test positive on antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate that you may have protection against the virus.

How is my privacy protected if I take the COVID-19 vaccine?

California law strictly limits how personal information about those who are vaccinated can be shared. California negotiated with the federal government to limit the required data sharing to only information that will not allow an individual to be identified.

Read more at CDPH’s California Data Use Agreement and Frequently Asked Questions.

Should I keep my COVID-19 vaccination record card?

Yes. We urge Californians to keep their vaccination record cards for themselves and their families in a safe place to prevent loss or damage.

The Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (DCVR) portal gives you a digital copy of your vaccine record. If you’ve lost your paper vaccine card, you may print out your digital record and use it at any place where you would show your paper vaccination card.

Read CDPH’s Vaccine Record Guidelines & Standards for complete details.

Vaccine limitations

If I get a COVID-19 vaccine, will I still need a flu shot this fall?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccine does not provide protection against flu.

Are there certain populations who should not get a COVID-19 vaccine? What about people with allergies?

The CDC recommends that:

  • If you have had a severe allergic reaction or an immediate allergic reaction—even if it was not severe—to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get either of the currently available mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna).
  • If you have had a severe allergic reaction or an immediate allergic reaction to any ingredient in Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get the J&J/Janssen vaccine.
  • If you had an immediate allergic reaction after getting the first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get the second dose.  
  • If you are allergic to PEG, you should not get an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. Ask your doctor if you can get the Janssen vaccine.
  • If you are allergic to polysorbate, you should not get the Janssen vaccine. Ask your doctor if you can get an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
  • If you aren’t able to get one type of COVID-19 vaccine because you are allergic to an ingredient, ask your doctor if you should get a different vaccine. 
  • If you aren’t able to get the second shot of an mRNA vaccine because you had an allergic reaction, ask your doctor if you should get a different vaccine.

People with underlying medical conditions can receive the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines provided they have not had an immediate or severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Learn more about vaccination considerations for people with underlying medical conditions. Vaccination is an important consideration for adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions because they are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.

To learn about the ingredients in authorized COVID-19 vaccines, see

If I’m pregnant or breastfeeding, should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that pregnant and lactating individuals can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Experts have not identified any safety concerns for pregnant or lactating people who were vaccinated or their breastfeeding babies. The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain the live virus, so they cannot cause COVID-19.

Pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can protect you from severe illness if you get COVID-19. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine. 

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How long should I wait to get the vaccine after I’ve had COVID-19?

The CDC recommends:

  • If you tested positive, had only mild symptoms, and were not treated for the coronavirus, you should wait at least 10 days after the start of COVID-19 symptoms and satisfy criteria to discontinue isolation before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Wait 90 days to get the vaccine if you recovered from a COVID-19 infection and were treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma.

Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as another vaccine?

Yes, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines at the same visit. You no longer need to wait 14 days between different vaccinations. Experience has shown that the way our bodies develop protection after getting vaccinated (immune response) and the level of side effects are generally the same when given alone or with other vaccines. Learn more about getting more than one kind of vaccine.

Vaccine choices

Will I have a choice between the various COVID-19 vaccines?

Yes. VaccineFinder allows you the option to search for vaccines by manufacturer.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines mandatory? 

No, there is no mandatory vaccination requirement from either the state or federal government. Once more and more Californians see how safe and effective the COVID-19 vaccines are, we hope they will voluntarily opt to receive them.

May an employer require COVID-19 vaccination for all employees entering the workplace?

Yes, if certain requirements are met. Under the ADA, an employer may require all employees to meet a qualification standard that is job-related and consistent with business necessity, such as a safety-related standard requiring COVID-19 vaccination. However, if a particular employee cannot meet such a safety-related qualification standard because of a disability, the employer may not require compliance for that employee unless the employer can demonstrate that the individual would pose a “direct threat” to the health or safety of the employee or others in the workplace.  

Read What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws for complete details.

How can I convince my family and friends to take a COVID-19 vaccine?

Talking with family and friends about the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine can be hard. You can help by listening without judgement and identifying the root of their concerns. Things to remember to help open the discussion include:

  • Listen to questions with empathy
  • Ask open-ended questions to explore concerns
  • Ask permission to share information
  • Help them find their own reason to get vaccinated
  • Help make their vaccination happen

The CDC has recommendations on how to talk about COVID-19 vaccines with friends and family.


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All Californians—regardless of where they live, their working environment, their social supports, or how they identify⁠—deserve a healthy life.

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How California is addressing health inequity

COVID-19 has highlighted existing inequities in health. Many of these inequities are the result of structural racism. One form this takes is the unequal distribution of and access to health care resources.

Committed to a California for All, the state is identifying communities most impacted and directing resources to address COVID-19 health inequities. Reducing COVID-19 risk in all communities is good for everyone, and California is committed to making it part of our reopening plan.

State public health leaders cannot address COVID-19 health inequities alone. A healthy California for everyone requires partnership with the private sector, local government, and community partners at all levels.

The disparities in our diverse communities are severe

COVID-19 disproportionately affects California’s low income, Latino, Black, and Pacific Islander communities, as well as essential workers such as those in health care, grocery, and cleaning services.

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Note: This data is cumulative since the first COVID-19 case was reported in January 2020. Case rate is defined as cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100K population. Death rate is defined as cumulative COVID-19 deaths per 100K.

Reopening equitably

California took action to ensure equitable distribution of the vaccine. For example, we partnered with mobile clinics in local school districts and places of worship. We also provided free transportation to vaccine sites. We’re still working to provide access to vaccines in our hardest-hit communities.

See how communities are impacted in your county

COVID-19 impact by race and ethnicity

Latino, Black, and Pacific Islander communities have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. We have made some strides in addressing disparities within these communities, but we must do better.

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COVID-19 health equity metric

The health equity metric measures the positivity rate in the most disproportionately-impacted communities. These communities are identified in the Healthy Places Index, developed by the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, as census tracts that have less healthy community conditions such as low median income, education completeness, and health care access. The Blueprint for a Safer Economy ensures that counties address COVID-19 in all communities. To open further, the health equity metric cannot significantly fall behind overall county positivity rates. Read more about the the plan for reopening that includes the health equity metric.

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Data completeness is critical to addressing inequity

We know a lot about the impact of COVID-19 on certain communities, but we can better invest our resources by increasing the collection of race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation and gender identity data. This data collection requires close cooperation with private sector partners, laboratories, and state and county officials. View resources on how to improve reporting.

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Underlying health conditions

Existing health problems can increase the severity of COVID-19. Examples include heart conditions, obesity, kidney disease, and diabetes, all of which are more common in communities of color.

A history of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) increases risk for chronic health conditions including heart disease, obesity, kidney disease, and diabetes and may increase the risk for severe COVID-19 illness.

  • ACEs are experiences of abuse, neglect, and household challenges occurring by age 18 and are associated with long-term risk for poorer physical, mental, and behavioral health.
  • Exposure to prolonged ACEs, when experienced without protective buffering factors, can lead to changes to the biological stress response which can affect immune functioning (the toxic stress response).
  • Individuals with a history of ACEs may also be more sensitive to the effects of new stressors, such as those presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. See how to manage stress for health.

Find testing near you

State-sponsored testing is searchable at the link below. Testing sites from other providers may be available at your county’s COVID-19 website.

Find a testing location

Free, confidential COVID-19 testing is available to every Californian. Get vaccinated to minimize the need for testing.

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Testing guidance

As the vaccination rate increases across California, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is adapting testing guidance to focus on high-risk populations and individuals who have not been vaccinated.

Testing provides insights into community prevalence and transmission, letting us monitor the introduction of new variants into the community and the evolution of the virus. 

In general,

  • Fully-vaccinated individuals do not need to undergo diagnostic screening testing in non-healthcare workplace settings.
  • Diagnostic screening testing of asymptomatic employees in acute health care and long-term care facilities should continue regardless of vaccination status, with a few exceptions:
    • Facilities may stop routine testing of asymptomatic staff who are fully vaccinated where:
      • More than 70% of residents and more than 70% staff are fully vaccinated in a long-term care facility, or
      • More than 70% of staff are fully vaccinated in an acute health care facility.
    • Facilities may consider continuing routine testing for fully-vaccinated staff with underlying immunocompromising conditions (like organ transplantation or cancer treatment), which might impact the level of protection provided by COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Diagnostic testing should be considered for all individuals with symptoms or exposure to COVID-19:
    • All individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 should be subject to diagnostic testing immediately.
    • Individuals who have not been fully vaccinated and have close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should be tested.
  • Testing before entry, admission, competition, or travel: Non-vaccinated individuals should be tested if they will be taking part in activities that put them or others at higher risk for COVID-19 exposure. Pre-testing should be considered for those attending large indoor social or mass gatherings (such as large private events, live performance events, sporting events, or theme parks), competing in high risk sports, or other events in crowded or poorly-ventilated settings.

Read CDPH’s Updated Testing Guidance to find out who needs to get tested, when, and how often.


Cost for testing

There are no out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing. A health plan enrollee can get a COVID-19 test when needed by any provider, in or out of their health plan network, at no cost. If you’re uninsured, the government pays for your test.


How to get tested

California has partnered with OptumServe to provide free, confidential testing statewide. Tests are available for everyone, including underserved communities and individuals who are at high risk. 

Testing with OptumServe

Tests are by appointment only. Find a location near you and make an appointment at:

Register to be tested for COVID-19

If you do not have internet access, call 1-888-634-1123.

OptumServe community testing sites serve all individuals who qualify for a test. This includes uninsured, underinsured, undocumented and homeless individuals. You do not need a driver’s license to get this test.


Questions and answers

Does my health plan have to cover my COVID-19 test? 

Yes. The federal guidance requires health plans to provide t testing at no cost to everyone (even those without COVID-19 symptoms or possible exposure to COVID-19). You do not need to be an “essential worker” to get a COVID-19 test.

To get tested you can go to any COVID-19 testing provider authorized or licensed by the state, including drive-through testing sites (such as at a pharmacy) and “pop-up” testing sites. You do not need to go to a provider that is in your health plan’s or health insurer’s provider network. You do not need to get permission from your health plan or health insurer before going to get a COVID-19 test. And you do not need to pay a co-payment for a COVID-19 test.

What if I don’t have health insurance and I need COVID-19 testing or care?

For the uninsured, the government pays for all necessary COVID-19 testing and care. Check your symptoms using the Symptom Screener or by talking to your doctor.

Is there an over-the-counter COVID-19 test I can take at home?

Yes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued several Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for  over-the-counter (OTC) fully at-home diagnostic tests for COVID-19. The tests are authorized for individuals with or without symptoms. You can buy these tests in drug stores and similar retailers.

Individuals with positive results should:

Individuals who test negative and experience COVID-like symptoms should follow up with their health care provider. It is possible to get a negative test result and still be infected with coronavirus.

For more information, see the following FDA news releases:

Is there a prescription COVID-19 test I can take at home?

Yes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for an at-home COVID-19 diagnostic self-test. The authorization is for home use with self-collected nasal swab samples in individuals aged 14 and older. This test is currently authorized for prescription use only. 

The test works by swirling the self-collected sample swab in a vial that is then placed in the test unit. In 30 minutes or less, the results can be read directly from the test unit’s light-up display. 

Individuals with positive results should:

Individuals who test negative and experience COVID-like symptoms should follow up with their health care provider. It is possible to get a negative test result and still be infected with coronavirus.

For more information, see the FDA news release.

How long does it take for coronavirus test results to come back?

Turnaround time for coronavirus test results is usually less than two days. Approximately two-thirds are returned within a day and more than 85% are available within two days.

This turnaround time includes shipping time. So for labs that process home testing kits, turnaround time may depend on when an individual mails back their kit.

If you haven’t received your test results and it’s been several days, contact your healthcare provider, testing service, or local health department.

Read more at California’s COVID-19 Testing Task Force.

What is acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 test result?

The following are accepted:

  • Printed document from your test provider or laboratory
  • An email or text message displayed on your phone from your test provider or laboratory

The information provided should include name of person tested, type of test performed, and date of negative test result. For PCR, the date of negative result must be within the prior 72 hours; for antigen, the date of negative result must be within the prior 24 hours.

When can I be around other people after I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms?

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since your test.

The CDC has detailed recommendations for people who test positive but have no symptoms.

If I test positive for COVID-19 in a viral test, what should I do to protect others in my household?

You should self-isolate from others in your household who have not tested positive. Sleep and stay in a separate room from them, and use a separate bathroom, if possible. Multiple infected people in the same household can use the same room for isolation.

Members of your household should get tested right away. They should quarantine for at least 14 days: 

  • Close contacts who have never had any symptoms may discontinue quarantine after Day 10 from the date of last exposure without testing.
  • If you are released from quarantine before Day 14 after exposure, you must:
    • Monitor yourself daily for COVID-19 symptoms through Day 14 and if symptoms occur, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health department or healthcare provider to get tested.
    • Wear a mask or facial covering around others, continue to wash your hands frequently, and stay at least 6 feet from others through Day 14.

You do not have to quarantine if:

  • You recovered from COVID-19 within the past 3 months and have no new symptoms.
  • You are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show no symptoms.

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Great Plates – food delivery

California’s older adults can get three free, restaurant-quality meals through Great Plates Delivered. This home delivery program helps seniors stay safe at home during the pandemic. It is currently authorized through July 9, 2021.

See if you qualify 

You may qualify to get meals from Great Plates if you:

  • Are age 65 or older, are 60-64 and have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19, or are considered high risk by the CDC
  • Live by yourself or with one other program-eligible adult
  • Are not currently receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs, like CalFresh/SNAP or Meals on Wheels
  • Have difficulty accessing food or preparing your own meals
  • Earn 600% or less of the federal poverty limit
  • Live within a county or city participating in the program 

Sign up for delivery

Contact a Great Plates administrator in your city or county and ask about free home delivered meals for seniors.

More details about receiving meals are available in the participant FAQ.

How to provide meals

If you’d like to supply meals or help administer the Great Plates program, review this information and submit your request.

After reading, you can request to volunteer or provide meals.

Other meal delivery options

Living in senior facilities

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities continue to be severely affected by outbreaks of coronavirus. Rules on visits to residents help reduce the disease’s impact on residents and staff. 

Read what you can do to protect and connect with your loved ones in senior living.

State guidance for senior living

Keeping residents safe

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COVID-19 statistics

Facility information

To find out what steps a senior living facility is taking to protect residents and staff, contact them or check their website. 

Find details about specific facilities through Nursing Home Compare, provided by Medicare.gov.

See and file complaints about a facility through CDSS’s Care Facility Search.

More services

Thanks to your trust in the vaccine and falling transmission rates, California has fully reopened its economy. This means no more physical distancing, no capacity limits, no county tiers, and relaxed mask guidance.

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Reopening California 

California is moving Beyond the Blueprint to safely and fully reopen the economy. 

As of June 15, 2021, the Governor terminated the executive orders that put into place the Stay Home Order and the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. He also phased out the vast majority of executive actions put in place since March 2020 as part of the pandemic response, leaving a subset of provisions that facilitate the ongoing recovery.

The new public health order effective June 15 supersedes all prior health orders. The order has limited restrictions, only related to masking and mega-events, as well as settings serving children and youth pending an expected update to the K-12 schools guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Restrictions that ended on June 15 include:

  • Physical distancing
  • Capacity limits on businesses
  • County tier system

Read the Governor’s orders: N-07-21 and N-08-21. Find details in the California Department of Public Health’s Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors and the Questions & Answers.


Continuing safety measures

Everyday life will feel a lot like before COVID-19. But reopening safely means continuing vaccinations and protecting the health and well-being of Californians.

Do’s and don’ts for daily life

Restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters, and most everyday places will be open as normal with no capacity limits or social distancing required. Protect yourself and others by keeping these common-sense rules in mind.

Do

  • Wear a mask if you’re unvaccinated, especially in crowded, indoor spaces
  • Follow safety rules for mega-events
  • Get tested if you’re sick
  • Wear a mask while on public transit, even if you’re vaccinated
  • Honor mask and distancing rules in place at a private business
  • Get tested if required by your workplace
  • Wear a mask when you travel

Don’t

  • Expect others to be ready to shake hands or hug
  • Lose your proof of vaccination
  • Think you can’t get the virus or pass it on because you feel well
  • Assume everyone is vaccinated
  • Expect all COVID-19 rules everywhere to be lifted
  • Travel into the U.S. without proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travel if you’re sick

Masks

California’s Department of Public Health has updated statewide masking guidance to match the CDC’s guidance, lifting California’s mask requirements for vaccinated individuals starting on June 15. Vaccinated people are able to come together without masks in most circumstances.

People who are unvaccinated must continue to wear a mask indoors in public settings to protect themselves and others. Also, there are some settings where masking is still required for everyone, such as:

  • Public transit
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Homeless shelters
  • Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings 

See CDPH’s Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings to learn where masks are recommended or may be required.

Travel

California no longer has a travel advisory in effect. There is now no state recommendation to test and quarantine before and after travel.

However, the California Department of Public Health asks that you do the following:

  • Delay travel until you’re fully vaccinated
  • If you’re not fully vaccinated, but choose to travel, get tested before and after
  • No matter your vaccination status, wear a mask while on public transportation or in a transportation hub

Get tested if you feel sick, and avoid traveling if you have or may have COVID-19.

See CDC’s travel guidelines and read more at CDPH’s travel flyer.

K-12 schools, day camps, overnight camps, and childcare

California continues to follow current COVID-19 public health guidance for K-12 schools until further updates from the CDC. For school re-opening information, please visit the  Safe Schools for All Hub.

Day camps and other supervised youth activities must follow these specific portions of the current K-12 schools guidance:

Day camps and other supervised youth activities may post the checklist for day camps and other supervised youth activities in the facility.

The K-12 schools guidance does not apply to youth sports.

Current guidance for childcare programs and providers remains in effect.

The guidance for overnight camps remains in effect through September 2021 unless otherwise indicated by CDPH.

Mega-events

Mega-events are indoor events with 5,000 or more people and outdoor events with 10,000 or more people. This includes events like:

  • Conventions, conferences, and expos
  • Concerts, shows, and nightclubs
  • Sporting events
  • Live events and entertainment
  • Fairs, festivals, and parades
  • Theme parks, amusement parks, and water parks
  • Large private events or gatherings
  • Large races, marathons, and endurance events
  • Car shows

For indoor events with 5,000 or more people, attendees must confirm proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 status in order to attend. 

For outdoor events with 10,000 or more people, it is recommended that attendees confirm proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 status in order to attend. 

All attendees must follow CDPH’s Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings. These public health requirements and recommendations will be reviewed and reevaluated no later than September 1, 2021.

Workplace safety

There are no physical distancing or capacity limits for businesses and activities. Most businesses are required to maintain compliance with California’s COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), which include current public health guidelines. Certain workplaces, like hospitals and correctional facilities, are required to comply with the Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) standard instead of the ETS. Find more details in the frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 Prevention ETS.

Visit saferatwork.ca.gov to learn more about COVID-19 workplace requirements.


Retiring the Blueprint map

Under the old Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework, every California county was assigned to a risk-level tier. Based on their positivity rate, adjusted case rate, and/or health equity metric (for counties with populations more than 106,000), counties faced varying degrees of activity and capacity restrictions. The weekly status was shown on a map with four tier colors: purple, red, orange, and yellow.

The Blueprint framework was California’s reality from August 2020 to June 2021, but it is no longer in effect. You can find the latest data about your county on the State Dashboard.

See how tier restrictions were assigned and changed, as well as historical county data at CDPH’s Blueprint Data Archive.

Housing for the Harvest is a program that offers services to agricultural workers who need to isolate due to COVID-19. It helps positive or exposed workers protect their loved ones and coworkers by giving them an opportunity to self-isolate.

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How the program works 

Farm and food processing workers play an essential role in maintaining our food supply. But some who need to self-isolate are finding it difficult due to their housing situation.

The State offers in-home or in-hotel quarantine options in participating counties for workers who need to self-isolate for up to 14 days. The State coordinates with local administrators who manage the program.

Local administrators:

  • Serve as primary point of contact with workers who need isolation housing 
  • Verify participant eligibility
  • Coordinate with the State to book rooms if that is preferred
  • Provide services including transportation, meals and wellness checks
  • Ensure services are provided in the participant’s language, and
  • Collect data required for FEMA reimbursement
  • Provide financial assistance for those quarantining

Local administrators are identified in coordination with the State government. They may be a county or city agency, tribe, non-profit organization, or a philanthropic organization.  


Who qualifies

Participants must meet these criteria:

  • Work in California food processing or agriculture  
  • Meet FEMA non-congregate sheltering criteria for COVID-19: 
    • Have tested positive, or 
    • Been exposed as documented by a public health official or medical health professional
  • Be unable to self-isolate at home, if requesting a hotel room 

How to get a hotel room

Participate in Housing for the Harvest by contacting the administrator for your county:

More counties may be added to the program.


Where the program is available

The program is offered in the 14 counties listed above.   


How your county or organization can participate

If your county or organization would like to be a local administrator, please contact HousingforHarvest@dss.ca.gov. See more details in this Program Overview.


Funding and program costs

California has received FEMA approval for non-congregate sheltering during the public health crisis.

The State will seek reimbursement for hotel costs for this program at 75% federal cost share.

State funding will cover eligible costs for transportation, meals, wellness checks and any other services for in-home and in-hotel quarantining through an agreement with the county. Philanthropy may cover additional costs. Some costs may be eligible for FEMA reimbursement by the county.  

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    Contact tracing is an important tool for slowing the spread of COVID-19.

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    What is contact tracing?

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    Contact tracing is when public health workers identify and notify the people who were exposed to infected people. They let them know that they’ve been in close contact with an infected person, and what to do next to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. Public health departments have used contact tracing for decades to fight the spread of infectious diseases.

    How does it work?

    Public health workers get in touch with those who have tested positive. They might do this by calling on the phone or sending a short survey by text or email. People who have tested positive may be asked about people they were with who they may have exposed while they were contagious. Public health workers then call or text those close contacts to let them know that they may have been exposed. When they do this, they keep the name of the person who tested positive confidential.

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    Contact tracers will:

    • Notify you that you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
    • Ask if you have symptoms and how you’re feeling
    • Recommend you get tested
    • Discuss next steps like testing, quarantine, self-isolation, and medical care

    Contact tracing in California

    California Connected is our state’s contact tracing program.

    California Connected

    By helping infected and exposed people self-isolate or self-quarantine, we can slow the spread of the infection and help avoid outbreaks. This helps California support those who are infected or exposed, while also keeping their loved ones and communities safe from the spread of infection. This also helps our hospitals and healthcare systems manage caring for the patients who develop serious illness. Contact tracing is a necessary activity that allows us to safely reopen schools and businesses.

    How you can participate

    Contact tracing works when you answer the call or text.

    All you have to do is answer the phone call or respond to the text message survey sent by your local health department.

    Contact tracing is an anonymous way to do your part. The more people answer the call or text, the more lives and jobs California will save and the faster we can re-open schools and businesses and keep them open. Your information is always kept confidential.

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    Early awareness helps you protect your friends and loved ones from exposure. And early medical care can improve your outcome if you do get sick.

    The sooner we can reach you, the sooner you can get advice, testing, and the support you need.


    What a contact tracer will ask and offer

    You’ll get free, confidential testing and assistance in accessing medical care, regardless of income, health insurance, or immigration status.

    If you test positive for COVID-19:

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    • You will be asked basic questions like your name and age, the places you’ve been, and the people you’ve spent time with.
    • Those people will be contacted and told they may have been exposed to COVID-19, but your name will not be shared with them.
    • You will never be asked for information about your finances, social security number, or immigration status.
    • You will get advice on how to isolate yourself from others to avoid spreading the disease to loved ones and your community.

    If you were exposed to COVID-19:

    • You’ll get a call, text, or email from your local public health department to inform you of this exposure.
    • They will not share information about who may have exposed you. This information is confidential.
    • They will help you understand your risk of getting sick. They’ll tell you what to do immediately to prevent further spread
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    • They will stay in touch to see if you develop symptoms.
    • You will get resources to self-quarantine or self-isolate.
    • They may ask questions about the places you’ve been and the people you’ve spent time with.

    How your information is kept private

    Your identity and health information that you provide to a contact tracer is always kept confidential. It will not be shared with anyone who may have been exposed. 

    No one will ask for your

    • Immigration status
    • Social Security number
    • Payment information

    California’s strict privacy laws protect all your information. California Connected maintains information with strict privacy and security standards. The information is only collected and stored for use by local and state public health departments.

    Read the Privacy Policy at the CDPH Contact Tracing web page.


    What to do if you are contacted

    Protect yourself and others

    If you have COVID-19 or test positive for coronavirus, 

    • Isolate yourself from others, especially those who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
    • Try to stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom.
    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces or have your caregiver do so.

    People you live with are close contacts. They should also self-quarantine and get tested.

    You do not have to quarantine or get tested even after close contact, if:

    • You recovered from COVID-19 within the past 3 months and have no new symptoms.
    • You are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show no symptoms (outside the workplace setting).

    Find support

    Your local public health department can connect you to 

    • Testing
    • Medical care
    • Housing and other resources, if you need them, to self-isolate or self-quarantine

    You will get medical care, regardless of income, health insurance, or immigration status.

    Virtual Assistant

    The Virtual Assistant is an automated system from California Connected used to support you as part of your local health department’s contact tracing efforts. The Virtual Assistant may ask you to complete a contact tracing survey and can also provide confidential and safe symptom check-ins through text messages. 

    You may be contacted by text via the Virtual Assistant. The link to start is sent by a text message from the phone number 233-93. It is safe to click on the link in this text message to start your communications with the Virtual Assistant. You can reply STOP at any time to stop receiving messages. 

    Read more at the CDPH Contact Tracing web page.

    Support for workers

    If you work, your employer may be required to provide you with paid sick leave and other benefits.

    If you need childcare, visit MyChildCare.ca.gov to find licensed child care near you. Subsidies may be available. Check your local childcare resource and referral agency to see if you qualify.

    If you’re an immigrant, you can find help in the Guide for Immigrant Californians .

    Know that you are not alone

    Pandemics can be stressful. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. 

    Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. See this CDC video about managing anxiety and stress.

    If you feel like you need to talk to someone for emotional support, see this list of resources. The California Surgeon General released two playbooks for managing stress and tips for caregivers and kids.


    Questions and answers

    How can I participate in CA Notify, Google and Apple’s exposure notification system?

    You can add your phone to the COVID fight by turning on CA Notify, California’s exposure notification system. This system does not track your personal information or location. For details, see the CA Notify website or call 888-421-9457 (888-4C19-HLP).

    What is a close contact?

    A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before symptoms appeared (or, for patients who do not have symptoms, 2 days prior to their test) until the time the patient is isolated.

    You are also a close contact if:

    • You provided care at the home of someone who is sick with COVID-19
    • You had direct physical contact with the person (such as hugging or kissing them)
    • You shared eating or drinking utensils
    • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

    Am I considered a close contact if I was wearing a mask?

    Yes, you are still considered a close contact even if you were wearing a mask while you were around someone with COVID-19. Studies suggest masks offer some protection to the wearer, as well as help to protect other people in case you are infected but they are not 100% guaranteed to stop
    transmission.

    Will contact tracers track my location?

    No, California’s contact tracing program does not use any cell phone tracking technology. Laboratories who identify positive cases are required to provide contact information to Public Health. Someone from your local public health department will speak privately with you. All information is confidential and protected by California’s strict privacy laws. They may stay in touch to make sure your symptoms aren’t worsening.

    Is contact tracing help available in my language? 

    Your local health department can communicate with you in many different languages.

    How do I find a coronavirus testing location?

    Visit the Testing page. You can search for testing locations there using your zip code. Your local health department website may have additional testing sites listed.

    What if I have COVID-19 symptoms and have not been contacted by the health department?

    Get tested immediately. Isolate yourself until:

    • at least 10 days have passed since symptoms started, AND
    • your fever has been gone for 24 hours without taking medication, AND
    • your symptoms (like cough and shortness of breath) have improved.

    Contact your local health department for contact tracing. This is true whether you’ve tested positive, negative, or are untested.

    What if I came in contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms, but my local health department is not aware of it?

    You should get tested. Contact your local health department for contact tracing. Quarantine yourself while waiting for your test results.

    If you tested positive but have no symptoms, you should isolate at home for at least 10 days.

    If you develop symptoms, you should stay home until:

    • at least 10 days have passed since symptoms started, AND
    • your fever has been gone for 24 hours without the aid of medication, AND 
    • your symptoms (like cough and shortness of breath) have improved.

    This is true whether you’ve tested positive, negative, or are untested.

    If you had close contact with someone who tested positive but you tested negative, you should still quarantine at home for at least 10 days.

    • Close contacts who have never had any symptoms may discontinue quarantine after Day 10 from the date of last exposure without testing.
    • If you are released from quarantine before Day 14 after exposure, you must:
      • Monitor yourself daily for COVID-19 symptoms through Day 14 and if symptoms occur, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health department or healthcare provider to get tested.
      • Wear a mask or facial covering around others, continue to wash your hands frequently, and stay at least 6 feet from others through Day 14.

    You do not have to quarantine or get tested even after close contact, if:

    • You recovered from COVID-19 within the past 3 months and have no new symptoms.
    • You are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show no symptoms.

    How is the state supporting schools with contact tracing?

    Contact tracing in schools is driven by local policies and conducted in collaboration with each school’s local health department (LHD).  Local public health departments will be the primary point of contact for schools to obtain more information about local contact tracing requirements and resources. 

    CDPH is supporting LHDs in their efforts to support their local schools as they reopen through:

    • Training for LHD staff to enhance their school collaborations  
    • Offering redirected state employees trained as school specialists to expand local capacity in triaging school-related requests, data management, and contact tracing help
    • Providing technical assistance and technology to assist LHDs in managing school-affiliated COVID-19 exposures.

    A toolkit and webinar series are in development for California school personnel to learn more about contact tracing and keeping their school community safe. The California Safe Schools For All Hub has additional resources and information related to COVID-19 and schools.


    Stay informed

    In daily life

    California has now changed its mask requirements to match the CDC’s guidance:

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    • Unvaccinated people are required to wear masks in indoor public settings and businesses, like:
      • Retail
      • Restaurants
      • Theaters
      • Family entertainment centers
      • Meetings
      • State and local government offices that serve the public

    See CDPH’s Face Coverings Q&A to learn more about where masks are still required or recommended.

    Read Get the Most out of Masking to learn how a mask can best protect you.

    Exemptions to masks requirements

    The following individuals are exempt from wearing masks at all times:

    • Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
    • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.
    • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
    • Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.

    In the workplace

    Cal/OSHA has aligned workplace mask requirements with general mask guidance from the California Department of Public Health.

    • Masks are not required outdoors (except during outbreaks), regardless of vaccination status, though workers should be trained for outdoor use of face coverings.
    • Fully-vaccinated employees do not need to wear masks indoors, but employers must document their vaccination status. 
      • There are some settings where masks are required regardless of vaccination status. In outbreaks, all employees must wear masks indoors and outdoors when six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained, regardless of vaccination status.
    • Employers must provide unvaccinated employees with NIOSH-certified respirator masks for voluntary use when working indoors or in a vehicle with others, upon request.

    For more information, see Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) and CDPH’s Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings.


    Guidance for businesses, venue operators, or hosts 

    In settings where masks are still required for unvaccinated individuals, businesses, venue operators, or hosts may choose to:

    • Provide information to all patrons, guests and attendees regarding vaccination requirements and allow vaccinated individuals to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry unless otherwise exempt, OR
    • Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask, OR 
    • Require all patrons to wear masks.

    No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.

    On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 directing all residents immediately to heed current State public health directives to stay home, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors and additional sectors as the State Public Health Officer may designate as critical to protect health and well-being of all Californians.

    In accordance with this order, the State Public Health Officer has designated the following list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers to help state, local, tribal, and industry partners as they work to protect communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.

    Sector index

    1. Health Care / Public Health

    Sector profile

    The Health Care and Public Health (HPH) Sector is large, diverse, and open, spanning both the public and private sectors. It includes publicly accessible healthcare facilities, research centers, suppliers, manufacturers, and other physical assets and vast, complex public-private information technology systems required for care delivery and to support the rapid, secure transmission and storage of large amounts of HPH data.

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Health care providers and caregivers (including physicians, dentists, psychologists, mid-level practitioners, nurses, assistants, and aids; infection control and quality assurance personnel; pharmacists; physical, respiratory, speech and occupational therapists and assistants; social workers and providers serving individuals with disabilities including developmental disabilities; optometrists; speech pathologists; chiropractors; diagnostic and therapeutic technicians; and radiology technologists).
    2. Workers required for effective clinical, command, infrastructure, support service, administrative, security and intelligence operations across the direct patient care and full healthcare and public health spectrum, including accounting, administrative, admitting and discharge, engineering, accrediting, certification, licensing, credentialing, epidemiological, source plasma and blood donation, food service, environmental services, housekeeping, medical records, information technology and operational technology, nutritionists, sanitarians; emergency medical services workers; prehospital workers including but not limited to urgent care workers; inpatient and hospital workers; outpatient care workers; home care workers; workers at long-term care facilities, residential and community-based providers; workplace safety workers).
    3. Workers needed to support transportation to and from healthcare facilities and provider appointments.
    4. Workers needed to provide laundry services, food services, reprocessing of medical equipment, and waste management.
    5. Vendors and suppliers (including imaging, pharmacy, oxygen services, durable medical equipment)
    6. Workers who perform critical clinical research, development, and testing needed for COVID-19 response.
    7. Workers in other medical and life science facilities (including Ambulatory Health and Surgical, Blood Banks, Clinics, Community Mental Health, Comprehensive Outpatient rehabilitation, End Stage Renal Disease, Health Departments, Home Health care, Hospices, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Organ Pharmacies, Procurement Organizations, Psychiatric, Residential, Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers, and retail facilities specializing in medical goods and supplies, including cannabis).
    8. Workers for health manufacturing (including life science companies, and companies that have shifted production to medical supplies), materials and parts suppliers, technicians, logistics and warehouse operators, printers, packagers, and distributors of medical equipment (including those who test and repair), personal protective equipment (PPE), isolation barriers, medical gases, pharmaceuticals (including materials used in radioactive drugs, and cannabis products), dietary supplements, blood and blood products, vaccines, testing materials, laboratory supplies, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting or sterilization supplies, personal hygiene products, and tissue and paper towel products.
    9. Public health / community health workers, including those who compile, model, analyze and communicate public health information.
    10. Behavioral and mental health workers responsible for coordination, outreach, engagement, and treatment to individuals in need of mental health and/or behavioral services.
    11. Donors of blood bone marrow, blood stem cell, or plasma and the workers of the organizations that operate and manage related activities.
    12. Workers that manage health plans, billing, and health information.
    13. Workers who conduct community-based public health functions, conducting epidemiologic surveillance, compiling, analyzing and communicating public health information.
    14. Workers performing IT and cybersecurity functions at healthcare and public health facilities.
    15. Workers performing security, incident management, and emergency operations functions at or on behalf of healthcare entities including healthcare coalitions.
    16. Pharmacy employees, including workers necessary to maintain uninterrupted prescription filling.
    17. Workers in retail facilities specializing in medical goods and supplies.
    18. Public health and environmental health workers, including workers specializing in environmental health that focus on implementing environmental controls, sanitary and infection control interventions, healthcare facility safety and emergency preparedness planning, engineered work practices, and developing guidance and protocols for appropriate PPE to prevent COVID-19 disease transmission; Public health/ community health workers (including call center workers) who conduct community- based public health functions, conducting epidemiologic surveillance and compiling, analyzing, and communicating public health information.
    19. Mortuary services providers, including workers performing mortuary, funeral, cremation burial, cemetery, and related services, including funeral homes, crematoriums, cemetery workers and coffin makers.
    20. Workers who coordinate with other organizations to ensure the proper recovery, handling, identification, transportation, tracking, storage, and disposal of human remains and personal effects; certify cause of death; and facilitate access to behavioral and mental health services to the family members, responders, and survivors of an incident.
    21. Workers supporting veterinary hospitals and clinics.
    22. Workers supporting operations of outdoor recreational facilities for the purpose of facilitating physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise.

    Relevant sector guidance:

    2. Emergency Services

    Sector profile

    The Emergency Services Sector (ESS) is a community of highly-skilled, trained personnel, along with the physical and cyber resources, that provide a wide range of prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery services during both day-to-day operations and incident response. The ESS includes geographically distributed facilities and equipment in both paid and volunteer capacities organized primarily at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels of government, such as city police departments and fire stations, county sheriff’s offices, Department of Defense police and fire departments, and town public works departments. The ESS also includes private sector resources, such as industrial fire departments, private security organizations, and private emergency medical services providers.

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Public, private, and voluntary personnel (front line and management) in emergency management, law enforcement, fire and rescue services, emergency medical services, corrections, rehabilitation and reentry, search and rescue, hazardous material response, and technicians supporting maritime and aviation emergency response.
    2. Public Safety Answering Points and 911 call center employees; personnel involved in access to emergency services including the emergency alert system and wireless emergency alerts.
    3. Fusion Center employees
    4. Workers who support weather disaster / natural hazard monitoring, response, mitigation, and prevention, including personnel conducting, supporting, or facilitating wildfire mitigation activities
    5. Workers – including contracted vendors — who maintain, manufacture, or supply equipment and services supporting law enforcement, fire, EMS, and and emergency service response operations (including safety equipment, electronic security, and uniforms)
    6. Workers responding to abuse and neglect of children, elders and dependent adults.
    7. Animal control officers and humane officers
    8. Security staff to maintain building access control and physical security measures
    9. Workers and contracted vendors who maintain and provide services and supplies to public safety facilities, including emergency communication center, public safety answering points, public safety communications centers, emergency operation centers, fire and emergency medical services stations, police and law enforcement stations and facilities.

    Relevant sector guidance:

    3. Food and Agriculture

    Sector profile

    The Food and Agricultural (FA) Sector is composed of complex production, processing, and delivery systems and has the capacity to feed people and animals both within and beyond the boundaries of the United States. Beyond domestic food production, the FA Sector also imports many ingredients and finished products, leading to a complex web of growers, processors, suppliers, transporters, distributors, and consumers. This sector is critical to maintaining and securing our food supply.

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies, convenience stores, and other retail that sells food or beverage products, and animal/pet food, retail customer support service, information technology support staff, for online orders, pickup/takeout or delivery.
    2. Workers supporting restaurant carry-out and quick serve food operations, including food preparation, carry-out and delivery food employees.
    3. Food manufacturer employees and their supplier employees to include those employed in food ingredient production and processing facilities; aquaculture and seafood harvesting facilities; livestock, poultry, seafood slaughter facilities; pet and animal feed processing facilities; human food facilities producing by-products for animal food; beverage production facilities; and the production of food packaging, including recycling operations and processing.
    4. Farmers, farm and ranch workers, and agribusiness support services to include those employed in auction and sales; grain and oilseed handling, storage, processing and distribution; animal food, feed, and ingredient production, packaging, and distribution; manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of veterinary drugs; truck delivery and transport.
    5. Farmers, farm and ranch workers, support service workers and their supplier employees producing food supply domestically and for export to include those engaged in raising, cultivating, harvesting, packing, storing, or delivering to storage or to market or to a carrier for transportation to market any agricultural or horticultural commodity for human consumption; those engaged in producing and harvesting field crops; cannabis growers; agricultural and commodity inspection; fuel ethanol facilities; storage facilities; biodiesel and renewable diesel facilities; and other agricultural inputs
    6. Employees and firms supporting food, feed, and beverage distribution and ingredients used in these products including warehouse workers, vendor-managed inventory controllers, and blockchain managers.
    7. Workers supporting the sanitation of all food manufacturing processes and operations from wholesale to retail.
    8. Workers supporting the growth and distribution of plants and associated products for home gardens.
    9. Workers in cafeterias used to feed workers, particularly worker populations sheltered against COVID-19
    10. Workers in animal diagnostic and food testing laboratories
    11. Workers essential for assistance programs and government payments
    12. Government, private, and non-governmental organizations’ workers essential for food assistance programs (including school lunch programs) and government payments.
    13. Employees of companies engaged in the production, storage, transport, and distribution of chemicals; medicines, including cannabis; vaccines; and other substances used by the food and agriculture industry, including seeds, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, minerals, enrichments, and other agricultural production aids.
    14. Animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health (including those involved in supporting emergency veterinary or livestock services); raising of animals for food; animal production operations; livestock markets; slaughter and packing plants, manufacturers, renderers, and associated regulatory and government workforce.
    15. Transportation supporting animal agricultural industries, including movement of animal medical and reproductive supplies and material, animal vaccines, animal drugs, feed ingredients, feed, and bedding, live animals, animal medical materials; transportation of deceased animals for disposal; and associated regulatory and government workforce
    16. Workers who support sawmills and the manufacture and distribution of fiber and forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper, and other wood and fiber products
    17. Employees engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary to agricultural production and distribution
    18. Workers at animal care facilities that provide food, shelter, veterinary and/or routine care and other necessities of life for animals.

    Relevant sector guidance:

    4. Energy

    Sector profile

    The Energy Sector consists of widely diverse and geographically dispersed critical assets and systems that are often interdependent of one another. This critical infrastructure is divided into three interrelated segments or subsectors—electricity, oil, and natural gas—to include the production, refining, storage, and distribution of oil, gas, and electric power. The Energy Sector supplies fuels to the transportation industry, electricity to households and businesses, and other sources of energy that are integral to growth and production across the Nation. In turn, it depends on the Nation’s transportation, information technology, communications, finance, water, and government infrastructures.

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not possible:

    Workers supporting the energy sector, regardless of the energy source, segment of the system, or infrastructure the worker is involved in, or who are needed to monitor, operate, engineer, and maintain the reliability, safety, environmental health, physical and cyber security of the energy system, including power generation, transmission and distribution.

    Workers supporting the energy sector, regardless of the energy source, needed for construction, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, maintenance, and permitting.

    IT and OT technology for essential energy sector operations including support workers, customer service operations, call centers, and emergency response and customer emergency operations; energy management systems, control systems, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition SCADA systems, and energy sector entity data centers; cybersecurity engineers; and cybersecurity risk management.

    Workers providing services related to energy sector fuels and supply chains, supporting the procurement, mining, drilling, processing, refining, manufacturing, refueling, construction, logistics, transportation (including marine transport, terminals, rail and vehicle transport), permitting operation and maintenance, security, waste disposal, storage, and monitoring of support for resources.

    Workers supporting environmental remediation and monitoring.

    Workers supporting manufacturing and distribution of equipment, supplies, and parts necessary to maintain production, maintenance, restoration, and service at energy sector facilities across all energy sectors, and regardless of the energy source.

    Workers at Independent System Operators and Regional Transmission Organizations, and Network Operations staff, engineers and technicians to manage the network or operate facilities.

    Workers at Reliability Coordinator, Balancing Authorities, and primary and backup Control Centers, including but not limited to independent system operators, regional transmission organizations, and balancing authorities; and workers involved in energy commodity trading and scheduling.

    Mutual assistance personnel, which may include workers from outside of the state or local jurisdiction

    Retail fuel centers such as gas stations and truck stops, and the distribution systems that support them.

    5. Water and Wastewater

    Sector profile

    The Water and Wastewater Sector is a complex sector composed of drinking water and wastewater infrastructure of varying sizes and ownership types. Multiple governing authorities pertaining to the Water and Wastewater Sector provide for public health, environmental protection, and security measures, among others.

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    Employees needed to operate and maintain drinking water and wastewater/drainage infrastructure, including:

    1. Operational staff at water authorities
    2. Operational staff at community water systems
    3. Operational staff at wastewater treatment facilities
    4. Workers repairing water and wastewater conveyances and performing required sampling or monitoring
    5. Operational staff for water distribution and testing
    6. Operational staff at wastewater collection facilities
    7. Operational staff and technical support for SCADA Control systems
    8. Chemical disinfectant suppliers for water and wastewater and personnel protection
    9. Workers that maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting water and wastewater operations

    6. Transportation and Logistics

    Sector profile

    The Transportation Systems Sector consists of seven key subsectors, or modes:

    • Aviation includes aircraft, air traffic control systems, and airports, heliports, and landing strips. Commercial aviation services at civil and joint-use military airports, heliports, and sea plane bases. In addition, the aviation mode includes commercial and recreational aircraft (manned and unmanned) and a wide variety of support services, such as aircraft repair stations, fueling facilities, navigation aids, and flight schools.
    • Highway and Motor Carrier encompasses roadway, bridges, and tunnels. Vehicles include trucks, including those carrying hazardous materials; other commercial vehicles, including bicycles, commercial motor coaches and school buses; vehicle and driver licensing systems; taxis, transportation services including Transportation Network Companies, and delivery services including Delivery Network Companies; traffic management systems; AND cyber systems used for operational management.
    • Maritime Transportation System consists of coastline, ports, waterways, and intermodal landside connections that allow the various modes of transportation to move people and goods to, from, and on the water.
    • Mass Transit and Passenger Rail includes terminals, operational systems, and supporting infrastructure for passenger services by transit buses, trolleybuses, monorail, heavy rail—also known as subways or metros—light rail, passenger rail, and vanpool/rideshare.
    • Pipeline Systems consist of pipelines carrying natural gas hazardous liquids, as well as various chemicals. Above-ground assets, such as compressor stations and pumping stations, are also included.
    • Freight Rail consists of major carriers, smaller railroads, active railroad, freight cars, and locomotives.
    • Postal and Shipping includes large integrated carriers, regional and local courier services, mail services, mail management firms, and chartered and delivery services.

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Employees supporting or enabling transportation functions, including truck drivers, bus drivers, dispatchers, maintenance and repair technicians, warehouse workers, truck stop and rest area workers, towing and recovery services, roadside assistance workers, intermodal transportation personnel, and workers that maintain and inspect infrastructure
    2. Working supporting or providing services that enable logistics operations for essential sectors, wholesale and retail sale, including warehousing, cooling, storing, packaging, and distributing products for wholesale or retail sale or use.
    3. Workers supporting maintenance and operation of essential highway infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and tunnels.
    4. Workers of firms providing services, supplies, and equipment that enable warehouse and operations, including cooling, storing, packaging, and distributing products for wholesale or retail sale or use.
    5. Mass transit workers providing critical transit services and/or performing critical or routine maintenance to mass transit infrastructure or equipment.
    6. Employees supporting personal and commercial transportation services, including taxis, bicycle services, Transportation Network Companies, and delivery services including Delivery Network Companies
    7. Workers responsible for operating dispatching passenger, commuter and freight trains and maintaining rail infrastructure and equipment
    8. Maritime transportation and inland waterway workers – to include maintenance and repair – including port authority and commercial facility personnel, dredgers, port workers, mariners, ship crewmembers, ship pilots and tugboat operators, ship supply, chandler, and equipment operators.
    9. Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential dams, locks, and levees.
    10. Workers who support the inspection and maintenance of aids to navigation and other government-provided services that ensure continued maritime commerce.
    11. Workers supporting transportation of chemicals, hazardous, medical, waste and recyclable materials to support critical sectors and infrastructure.
    12. Automotive repair, maintenance, and transportation equipment manufacturing and distribution facilities.
    13. Transportation safety inspectors, including hazardous material inspectors and accident investigator inspectors
    14. Manufacturers and distributors (to include service centers and related operations) of lighting and communication systems, specialized signage and structural systems, emergency response equipment and support materials, printers, printed materials, packaging materials, pallets, crates, containers, and other supplies needed to support manufacturing, packaging staging and distribution operations
    15. Postal, parcel, courier, last-mile delivery, and shipping workers, to include private companies who accept, process, transport, and deliver information and goods.
    16. Workers who supply equipment and materials for maintenance of transportation equipment.
    17. Employees who repair and maintain vehicles, aircraft, rail equipment, marine vessels, bicycles, and the equipment and infrastructure that enables operations that encompass movement of cargo and passengers
    18. Workers who support air transportation for cargo and passengers, including operation distribution, maintenance, and sanitation. This includes air traffic controllers, flight dispatchers, maintenance personnel, ramp workers, fueling agents, flight crews, airport safety inspectors and engineers, airport operations personnel, aviation and aerospace safety workers, security, commercial space personnel, operations personnel, accident investigators, flight instructors, and other on- and off-airport facilities workers.
    19. Workers critical to the manufacturing, distribution, sales, rental, leasing, repair, and maintenance of vehicles and other transportation equipment (including electric vehicle charging stations) and the supply chains that enable these operations, subject to adhering public health guidance issued by CDPH.
    20. Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential public works facilities and operations, including bridges, water and sewer main breaks, fleet maintenance personnel, construction of critical or strategic infrastructure, construction material suppliers, traffic signal maintenance, emergency location services for buried utilities, maintenance of digital systems infrastructure supporting public works operations, and other emergent issues
    21. Workers who support, such as road and line clearing, to ensure the availability of needed facilities, transportation, energy and communications.

    7. Communications and Information Technology

    Sector profile

    The Communications Sector provides products and services that support the efficient operation of today’s global information-based society. Communication networks enable people around the world to contact one another, access information instantly, and communicate from remote areas. This involves creating a link between a sender (including voice signals) and one or more recipients using technology (e.g., a telephone system or the Internet) to transmit information from one location to another. Technologies are changing at a rapid pace, increasing the number of products, services, service providers, and communication options. The national communications architecture is a complex collection of networks that are owned and operated by individual service providers. Many of this sector’s products and services are foundational or necessary for the operations and services provided by other critical infrastructure sectors. The nature of communication networks involves both physical infrastructure (buildings, switches, towers, antennas, etc.) and cyber infrastructure (routing and switching software, operational support systems, user applications, etc.), representing a holistic challenge to address the entire physical-cyber infrastructure.

    The IT Sector provides products and services that support the efficient operation of today’s global information-based society and are integral to the operations and services provided by other critical infrastructure Sectors. The IT Sector is comprised of small and medium businesses, as well as large multinational companies. Unlike many critical infrastructure Sectors composed of finite and easily identifiable physical assets, the IT Sector is a functions-based Sector that comprises not only physical assets but also virtual systems and networks that enable key capabilities and services in both the public and private sectors.

    Essential workforce – Communications, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Maintenance of communications infrastructure- including privately owned and maintained communication systems- supported by technicians, operators, call-centers, wireline and wireless providers, cable service providers, satellite operations, Internet Exchange Points, Network Access Points, back haul and front haul facilities, and manufacturers and distributors of communications equipment.
    2. Workers performing functions related to undersea cable infrastructure and support facilities, including cable landing sites, beach manhole vaults and covers, submarine cable depots, and submarine cable ship facilities
    3. Government and private sector employees supporting Department of Defense internet and communications facilities.
    4. Workers who support radio, television, and media service, including, but not limited to front line news reporters, studio, and technicians for newsgathering, reporting, and publishing news.
    5. Network Operations staff, engineers and/or technicians to include IT managers and staff, HVAC & electrical engineers, security personnel, software and hardware engineers, and database administrators that manage the network or operate facilities
    6. Workers responsible for infrastructure construction and restoration, including contractors for construction and engineering of fiber optic cables, buried conduit, small cells, other wireless facilities, and other communications sector-related infrastructure. This includes construction of new facilities and deployment of new technology required to address congestion or customer usage on remote services.
    7. Installation, maintenance and repair technicians that establish, support or repair service as needed.
    8. Central office personnel to maintain and operate central office, data centers, and other network office facilities, and critical support personnel assisting front line employees
    9. Customer service and support staff, including managed and professional services as well as remote providers of support to transitioning employees to set up and maintain home offices, who interface with customers to manage or support service environments and security issues, including payroll, billing, fraud, logistics and troubleshooting
    10. Workers providing electronic security, fire, monitoring, and life safety services, and who ensure physical security, cleanliness, and the safety of facilities and personnel, including those who provide temporary licensing waivers for security personnel to work in other States or Municipalities.
    11. Dispatchers involved with service repair and restoration
    12. Retail customer service personnel at critical service center locations for onboarding customers, distributing and repairing equipment and other supply chain personnel, to support individuals’ remote emergency communications needs;
    13. External Affairs personnel to assist in coordinating with local, state, and federal officials to address communications needs supporting COVID-19 response, public safety, and national security.
    14. Workers responsible for ensuring that persons with disabilities have access to and the benefits of various communications platforms, including those involved in the provision of telecommunication relay services, closed captioning of broadcast television for the deaf, video relay services for deaf citizens who prefer communication via American Sign Language over text, and audio-description for television programming.

    Essential workforce – Information Technology, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Workers who support command centers, including, but not limited to Network Operations Command Centers, Broadcast Operations Control Center and Security Operations Command Centers
    2. Data center operators, including system administrators, HVAC & electrical engineers, security personnel, IT managers and purchasers, data transfer solutions engineers, software and hardware engineers, and database administrators
    3. Workers who support client service centers, field engineers, and other workers supporting critical infrastructure, as well as manufacturers and supply chain vendors that provide hardware and software, support services, research and development, information technology equipment (to include microelectronics and semiconductors), and HVAC and electrical equipment for critical infrastructure and test labs and certification agencies that qualify such equipment for critical infrastructure.
    4. Workers needed to pre-empt and respond to cyber incidents involving critical infrastructure,, and entities supporting the functioning of critical infrastructure sectors
    5. Suppliers, designers, transporters and other workers supporting the manufacture, distribution, and construction of essential global, national and local infrastructure for computing services (including cloud computing services and teleworking capabilities), business infrastructure, financial transactions, web-based services, and critical manufacturing
    6. Workers supporting communications systems, information technology, and work from home solutions
    7. Employees required to support Software as a Service businesses that enable remote working, performance of business operations, distance learning, media services, and digital health offerings, or required for technical support crucial for business continuity and connectivity.

    8. Government Operations and other community-based essential functions

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Critical government workers, as defined by the employer and consistent with Continuity of Operations Plans and Continuity of Government plans.
    2. County workers responsible for determining eligibility for safety net benefits
    3. The Courts, consistent with guidance released by the California Chief Justice
    4. Workers who support administration and delivery of unemployment insurance programs, income maintenance, employment service, disaster assistance, workers’ compensation insurance and benefits programs, and pandemic assistance
    5. Workers to ensure continuity of building functions, including but not limited to security and environmental controls, the manufacturing and distribution of the products required for these functions, and the permits and inspection for construction.
    6. Elections personnel
    7. Federal, State, and Local, Tribal, and Territorial employees who support Mission Essential Functions and communications networks
    8. Trade Officials (FTA negotiators; international data flow administrators)
    9. Weather forecasters
    10. Workers that maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting other critical government operations
    11. Workers who support necessary credentialing, vetting and licensing operations for critical sector workers and operations.
    12. Workers who are critical to facilitating trade in support of the national, state, and local emergency response supply chain
    13. Workers supporting public and private childcare establishments, pre-K establishments, K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of distance learning, provision of school meals, or care, supervision, and instruction of minors
    14. Staff at government offices who perform title search, notary, and recoding services in support of mortgage and real estate services and transactions
    15. Workers and instructors supporting academies and training facilities and courses for the purpose of graduating students and cadets that comprise the essential workforce for all identified critical sectors
    16. Clergy for essential support and faith-based services that are provided outdoors, or through streaming or other technologies that support physical distancing and state public health guidelines.
    17. Human services providers, especially for at risk populations, including home delivered meal providers for older adults, people with disabilities, and others with chronic health conditions; home-maker services for frail, homebound, older adults; personal assistance services providers to support activities of daily living for older adults, people with disabilities, and others with chronic health conditions who live independently in the community with supports and services; home health providers who deliver health care services for older adults, people with disabilities, and others with chronic health conditions who live independently in the community with supports and services.
    18. Government entities, and contractors that work in support of local, state, and federal public health and medical mission sets, including but not limited to supporting access to healthcare and associated payment functions, conducting public health functions, providing medical care, supporting emergency management, or other services necessary for supporting the COVID-19 response.

    Relevant sector guidance:

    9. Critical Manufacturing

    Sector profile

    The Critical Manufacturing Sector identifies several industries to serve as the core of the sector: Primary Metals Manufacturing, Machinery Manufacturing, Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing, Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Products made by these manufacturing industries are essential to many other critical infrastructure sectors.

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Workers necessary for the manufacturing of metals, industrial minerals, semiconductors, materials and products needed for supply chains of the critical infrastructure sectors.
    2. Workers necessary for the manufacturing of materials and products needed to manufacture medical equipment and personal protective equipment
    3. Workers necessary for mining and production of critical minerals, materials and associated essential supply chains, and workers engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary for mining production and distribution.
    4. Workers who produce or manufacture parts or equipment that supports continued operations for any essential services and increase in remote workforce, including computing and communication devices, semiconductors, and equipment such as security tools for Security Operations Centers (SOCs) or data centers.
    5. Workers manufacturing or providing parts and equipment that enable the maintenance and continued operation of essential businesses and facilities.

    10. Financial Services

    Sector profile

    The Financial Services Sector includes thousands of depository institutions, providers of investment products, insurance companies, other credit and financing organizations, and the providers of the critical financial utilities and services that support these functions. Financial institutions vary widely in size and presence, ranging from some of the world’s largest global companies with thousands of employees and many billions of dollars in assets, to community banks and credit unions with a small number of employees serving individual communities. Whether an individual savings account, financial derivatives, credit extended to a large organization, or investments made to a foreign country, these products allow customers to: Deposit funds and make payments to other parties; Provide credit and liquidity to customers; Invest funds for both long and short periods; Transfer financial risks between customers.

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Workers who are needed to process and maintain systems for processing financial transactions and services, including payment, clearing, and settlement; wholesale funding; insurance services; and capital markets activities
    2. Workers who are needed to maintain orderly market operations to ensure the continuity of financial transactions and services.
    3. Workers who are needed to provide business, commercial, and consumer access to banking and non-bank financial and lending services, including ATMs, lending money transmission, and to move currency, checks, securities, and payments
    4. Workers who support financial operations, such as those staffing call, data and security operations centers, managing physical security, or providing accounting services.
    5. Workers supporting production and distribution of debit and credit cards.
    6. Workers providing electronic point of sale support personnel for essential businesses and workers.

    11. Chemical and Hazardous Materials

    Sector profile

    The Chemical Sector—composed of a complex, global supply chain—converts various raw materials into diverse products that are essential to modern life. Based on the product produced, the sector can be divided into five main segments, each of which has distinct characteristics, growth dynamics, markets, new developments, and issues: Basic chemicals; Specialty chemicals; Agricultural chemicals; Pharmaceuticals; Consumer products.

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Workers supporting the chemical and industrial gas supply chains, including workers at chemical manufacturing plants, workers in laboratories, workers at distribution facilities, workers who transport basic raw chemical materials to the producers of industrial and consumer goods, including hand sanitizers, food and food additives, pharmaceuticals, textiles, building materials, plumbing, electrical and paper products.
    2. Workers supporting the safe transportation of chemicals, including those supporting tank truck cleaning facilities and workers who manufacture packaging items
    3. Workers supporting the production of protective cleaning and medical solutions, personal protective equipment, disinfectants, and packaging that prevents the contamination of food, water, medicine, among others essential products
    4. Workers supporting the operation and maintenance of facilities (particularly those with high risk chemicals and/ or sites that cannot be shut down) whose work cannot be done remotely and requires the presence of highly trained personnel to ensure safe operations, including plant contract workers who provide inspections
    5. Workers who support the production and transportation of chlorine and alkali manufacturing, single-use plastics, and packaging that prevents the contamination or supports the continued manufacture of food, water, medicine, and other essential products, including glass container manufacturing
    6. Workers at nuclear facilities, workers managing medical waste, workers managing waste from pharmaceuticals and medical material production, and workers at laboratories processing test kits
    7. Workers who support hazardous materials response and cleanup
    8. Workers who maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting hazardous materials management operations
    9. Workers who support the removal, storage, and disposal of residential and commercial solid waste and hazardous waste, including landfill and recycling operations.

    12. Defense Industrial Base

    Sector profile

    The Defense Industrial Base Sector is the worldwide industrial complex that enables research and development, as well as design, production, delivery, and maintenance of military weapons systems, subsystems, and components or parts, to meet U.S. military requirements. The Defense Industrial Base partnership consists of Department of Defense components, Defense Industrial Base companies and their subcontractors who perform under contract to the Department of Defense, companies providing incidental materials and services to the Department of Defense, and government-owned/contractor-operated and government-owned/government-operated facilities. Defense Industrial Base companies include domestic and foreign entities, with production assets located in many countries. The sector provides products and services that are essential to mobilize, deploy, and sustain military operations.

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Workers who support the essential services required to meet national security commitments to the federal government and U.S. Military, including, but are not limited to, space and aerospace workers, nuclear matters workers, mechanical and software engineers (various disciplines), manufacturing and production workers, IT support, security staff, security personnel, intelligence support, aircraft and weapon system mechanics and maintainers, and sanitary workers who maintain the hygienic viability of necessary facilities.
    2. Personnel working for companies, and their subcontractors, who perform under contract or sub-contract to the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Energy (DoE) (on nuclear matters), as well as personnel at government-owned/contractor operated facilities, and who provide materials and services to the DoD and DoE (on nuclear matters), including support for weapon systems, software systems and cybersecurity, defense and intelligence communications, surveillance, sale of U.S. defense articles and services for export to foreign allies and partners (as authorized by the U.S. government), and space systems and other activities in support of our military, intelligence, and space forces.

    13. Industrial, Commercial, Residential, and Sheltering Facilities and Services

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Construction workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects (including housing, commercial, and mixed-use construction); and workers who support the supply chain of building materials from production through application/installation, including cabinetry, fixtures, doors, cement, hardware, plumbing, electrical, heating/cooling, refrigeration, appliances, paint/coatings, and employees who provide services that enable repair materials and equipment for essential functions.
    2. Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, construction material sources, and essential operation of construction sites and construction projects (including those that support such projects to ensure the availability of needed facilities, transportation, energy and communications; and support to ensure the effective removal, storage, recycling and disposal of solid waste and hazardous waste)
    3. Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, businesses, and buildings such as hospitals and senior living facilities, including any facility supporting COVID-19 response.
    4. Workers who support the supply chain of building materials from production through application and installation, including cabinetry, fixtures, doors, cement, hardware, plumbing (including parts and services), electrical, heating and cooling, refrigeration, appliances, paint and coatings, and workers who provide services that enable repair materials and equipment for essential functions.
    5. Workers in hardware and building materials stores, consumer electronics, technology and appliances retail, and related merchant retailers, wholesalers and distributors that support essential workforce functions where sales and operations cannot be conducted online
    6. Warehouse operators, including vendors and support personnel critical for business continuity (including heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and electrical engineers, security personnel, and janitorial staff), e-commerce or online commerce, and customer service for essential functions.
    7. Workers supporting the operations of commercial buildings that are critical to safety, security, and the continuance of essential activities, such as on-site property managers, building engineers, security staff, fire safety directors, janitorial personnel, and service technicians (e.g., mechanical, HVAC, plumbers, electricians, and elevator).
    8. Workers supporting ecommerce through distribution, warehouse, call center facilities, and other essential operational support functions, that accept, store, and process goods, and that facilitate their transportation and delivery
    9. Workers distributing, servicing, repairing, installing residential and commercial HVAC systems, boilers, furnaces and other heating, cooling, refrigeration, and ventilation equipment.
    10. Workers managing or servicing hotels or other commercial and residential buildings that are used for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, provide accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations.
    11. Workers responsible for the leasing of residential and commercial properties to provide individuals and families with ready access to available housing.
    12. Residential and commercial real estate workers, limited to scheduled property viewings to a potential buying party. This does not extend to open-house viewings, nor viewings with more than one buying party at a time.
    13. Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities and critical sector services
    14. Workers responsible for handling property management, maintenance, and related service calls who can coordinate the response to emergency “at-home” situations requiring immediate attention, as well as facilitate the reception of deliveries, mail, and other necessary services.
    15. Workers supporting the entertainment industries, studios, and other related establishments such as establishments that provide content for professional broadcast, provided they follow COVID-19 public health guidance around physical distancing.
    16. Workers that provide or determine eligibility for food, shelter, in-home supportive services, child welfare, adult protective services and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals (including family members)
    17. Workers performing services in support of the elderly and disabled populations who coordinate a variety of services, including health care appointments and activities of daily living.
    18. Workers who provide support to vulnerable populations to ensure their health and well-being including family care providers.
    19. Workers providing dependent care services, particularly those whose services ensure essential workers can continue to work.
    20. Workers who support food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, such as those residing in shelters.
    21. Workers in laundromats, laundry services, and dry cleaners.
    22. Workers providing disinfection services, for all essential facilities in essential sectors
    23. Workers necessary for the installation, maintenance, distribution, and manufacturing of water and space heating equipment and its components.
    24. Support required for continuity of services, including commercial disinfectant services, janitorial/cleaning personnel, and support personnel functions that need freedom of movement to access facilities in support of front-line employees.

    Relevant sector guidance:

    Relevant guidance for all sectors

    California’s strength is in its diversity. Discrimination and hate have no place in our society, let alone in our response to COVID-19. Here are the different forms discrimination can take, and what you can do about them.

    On this page:


    Discrimination

    Associating COVID-19 with any group of people or ethnicity is wrong and dangerous. Violence, bullying and harassment must be reported and stopped for the good of all. 

    During this public health emergency, it’s particularly important to stop discrimination. Unchecked, it can lead to denial of healthcare, violation of civil rights, and violence. This can cause further spread of the virus and deaths, with grave impact to the community. Share accurate information – don’t promote stigma or hate. This will help us come together as a community to fight COVID-19.

    California law protects every person in the state from discrimination. You may not be discriminated against because of race, national origin, ancestry, or immigration status. Discrimination may not happen in:

    Businesses are also prohibited from discriminating because of citizenship or language spoken. This includes housing providers.

    California law also protects every person from violence related to discrimination.

    If you have faced any of these forms of discrimination or violence, file a complaint.


    Stigma

    Fear and anxiety about coronavirus are real. But they are no excuse for stigmatizing whole groups of people. While the spread of COVID-19 began abroad, the disease is not linked to any race or nationality.

    Stigmatizing people because of where they appear to be from is wrong and does not make you safe. Anyone can have coronavirus. Stigmatized groups suffer mentally and physically when we let fear, hatred, stigma, and bad data inform our actions. We must call out harmful language and remove it from our own speech.

    Keep our communities resilient during tough times. Eliminate stigma in your words and actions.

    No one is to blame for the COVID-19 outbreak, and we must all work together to end the pandemic. This is a good time for a few reminders about how to be a good neighbor:

    • Speak up when you see others treated poorly.
    • Know that many of us will get COVID-19, regardless of our race, ethnicity, gender, age, or sexual orientation. 
    • Be kind to others and treat everyone with respect. 
    • Read Governor Newsom’s Twitter statements against xenophobia targeting the Asian-American community.

    Cyberbullying

    Sending or posting hurtful content is a form of bullying. It can happen even when a student is learning at home. Such behavior is damaging, and should not be tolerated.

    If you think your child is being cyberbullied, there is help. See the Department of Education’s bullying prevention resources.


    Hate crimes

    A hate crime is a crime motivated by the victim’s perceived social group. It is different from hate speech, which is protected by the First Amendment. But when hate speech leads to a hate crime, the law protects the victim.

    If you suspect you are the victim of a hate crime, contact your local police right away. Save all evidence, and write down everything you can remember. See guidance on hate crimes and how to report them in several languages.


    Stay informed

    If you or someone you know needs help getting food during the coronavirus outbreak, there are resources available.

    On this page:


    Emergency food and food benefits

    CalFresh food benefits

    CalFresh provides food benefits to help people buy most foods at most grocery stores and farmers markets. People and families with low income can apply for CalFresh any time. If you have a change in income, even a temporary one because of the coronavirus, you can apply for CalFresh food benefits.

    To apply, visit CalFresh online or call 1‑877‑847‑3663 (1‑877‑847‑FOOD).

    EBT cards work online

    CalFresh benefits (sometimes called SNAP or food stamps) are issued on an EBT card each month. This card can be used to buy groceries online at Amazon, Walmart, and Aldi stores through Instacart. You can also shop online at Albertsons, Vons, and Safeway stores and pay with your EBT card at pickup. 

    Temporary expanded eligibility for college students

    Beginning January 16, 2021, some students are eligible to receive CalFresh benefits to help pay for groceries. Learn more about the temporary changes to student eligibility and how to apply online.

    Food banks

    Local food banks and pantries are open and operating across California. Find a local food bank near you.

    Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food benefits

    WIC helps families get access to healthy foods and a lot more. WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and benefits for healthy foods. WIC can also help with finding health care and other community services.

    WIC serves babies and children up to age 5, pregnant women, and new mothers. Parents, grandparents, foster parents, or guardians can enroll children up to their 5th birthday. Working families and migrant families can apply too.

    From June to September 2021, families receiving WIC will have a temporary increase in their monthly WIC fruits and vegetables benefit.

    If you recently lost your job because of COVID-19, you can apply for WIC. You can also apply if your income has changed or you are unable to work, even temporarily due to COVID-19.

    Find out if you qualify at MyFamily.WIC.ca.gov, or call 1‑888‑942‑9675 (1‑888‑WIC‑WORKS) for more information.

    WIC locations have procedures to get you WIC benefits quickly, even when closed to the public. Please call before visiting.


    Families with school-aged children

    School meals and the ‘CA Meals for Kids’ app

    The governor’s executive order ensures public schools will retain full funding. Check your local school district for more information on how and where to receive free or reduced-cost school meals.

    The CA Meals for Kids app can help students and families find meals during COVID-19 emergency school closures. The app is free and can be downloaded from Apple’s App StoreGoogle’s Play Store, and Microsoft’s App Store.

    Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

    Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school can get extra benefits to help buy food when schools are closed due to COVID-19. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT.

    Families can use P-EBT benefits to buy food at most grocery stores and farmers markets, and to buy groceries online at Amazon, Walmart, and Aldi stores through Instacart. Families can also shop online at Albertsons, Vons, and Safeway stores and pay with their EBT card at pickup.

    Cards are mailed directly to families with eligible children. Make sure your child’s school has their most current mailing address on file. These benefits are available through September 2021.

    Students can still pick up to-go schools meals even if they are receiving P-EBT benefits.


    Older adults

    Great Plates Delivered: Free meals delivered to seniors

    Older adults can get daily meals delivered to their homes from local restaurants through this program. Check Great Plates Delivered to find out how to sign up.

    Home-delivered meals for older adults

    Older adults (aged 60+) who live at home and find cooking difficult may be able to receive prepared meals delivered to their home, regardless of income level. And seniors who used to visit community meal sites can have those meals home-delivered instead. 

    Find a meal provider in your area or call 1‑800‑510‑2020.

    To find more information about services available for older adults, adults with disabilities, and family caregivers, see the California Department of Aging or call the California Aging and Adult Info Line at 1‑800‑510‑2020.

    To connect with more services and support in your local area, visit Find Services in My County.

    Food bank food for older adults

    Older adults (aged 60+) can get a box of nutritious food to help supplement their diets through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). The listed Food Banks are distributing the CSFP boxes. Please call the listed food bank in your area for more information on how you can participate in the program.

    Statewide COVID-19 information hotline

    This COVID-19 hotline connects seniors to vital state and local services and resources, as well as answers general questions about COVID-19. It’s a part of an ongoing effort to provide reliable, trusted information and support to any Californian who needs it.

    California COVID-19 Hotline: 833‑422‑4255 (833‑4CA‑4ALL)

    The call center is open 7 days a week:

    • Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time 
    • Saturday and Sunday,  8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time

    211

    211 is a free and confidential information and referral service that connects people to local resources. It is available in more than 100 languages, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

    If you need assistance finding food or other essential services, dial 211 to speak to someone who can help, or visit 211.org

    Connect2Affect

    A program of the AARP Foundation, Connect2Affect helps seniors find support services in their area, such as food and medical care. 

    The site also has tools for evaluating isolation risk, reconnecting to community, and reaching out to those who may be feeling lonely.

    Eldercare Locator

    Older adults and their families can connect to services and resources in their local community by visiting the Eldercare Locator website or by calling 1‑800‑677‑1116.

    GoGoGrandparent

    GoGoGrandparent is a paid service that people can  use to order meals and groceries for home delivery with a phone call. You don’t need a smartphone to use it. To sign up, call 1‑855‑754‑5328 or register online

    Once registered, you can get delivery from most local grocery stores and restaurants. If you must leave your home and need transportation, you can also use GoGoGrandparent to get a ride. To keep your family and loved ones notified, add their contact information to your GoGoGrandparent account. They will get a text message with details about the driver and the car, and when the ride started and ended. 

    You can speak to a GoGoGrandparent operator 24/7 at 1‑855‑464‑6872.


    Grocery delivery options

    Walmart grocery delivery service 

    Walmart grocery delivery service lets you shop online and schedule a drop-off to your home. Find a Walmart near you to schedule a grocery delivery. 

    Target same day delivery

    Target same day delivery service lets you shop online or through their app to purchase groceries and supplies to be delivered to your home. Find a Target that delivers in your area.

    Safeway

    Safeway lets you choose a delivery time for drop-off to your home. Find a Safeway that delivers in your area.

    TaskRabbit

    You can use TaskRabbit to find immediate help with everyday tasks, including food and pharmacy delivery. A 5% discount for seniors is available. Visit the TaskRabbit website or download the free app for your smartphone from Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store.

    Many other retailers and grocery stores have delivery options. Please check with your preferred store to find out if they deliver.


    How you can help

    Many programs are redirecting food that would otherwise go to waste to help feed children and families during the COVID-19 crisis. Some accept cash and surplus food donations.

    • The California Association of Food Banks’ (CAFB) Farm to Family Program works with farmers, ranchers, packers, and shippers to get California farm products from the field to 40+ food banks throughout the state. You can donate money or surplus crops through the CAFB website.
    • Hidden Harvest is a produce recovery program in Coachella Valley. Contact them to donate money or volunteer.
    • Feeding America is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States and is accepting cash donations to their COVID-19 Response Fund

    Get a digital copy of your vaccination record

    Now you can show digital proof of your vaccination. If you were vaccinated in California, go to Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record and enter your info to access it.

    If you’re an immigrant living in California, you can access help and public benefits, some regardless of immigration status.

    On this page:


    Vaccines and health

    Getting the vaccine and following public health recommendations is the best way to keep you and your loved ones from getting COVID-19.

    Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is free. You may be asked to verify your age to confirm you are 16 or older. You do not need state-issued ID or insurance to get the vaccine.

    You can get the vaccine for free no matter what your immigration or citizenship status is. Vaccinations do not count under the public charge rule. You should not be asked about your immigration or citizenship status when you get a COVID-19 vaccine. The federal government has confirmed they will not do immigration operations at or near vaccination sites and clinics.

    Learn more about vaccines and how to get one at VaccinateALL58.com.

    Testing and treatment

    Do not let fear stop you from getting necessary help or treatment. The effects of avoiding health care services can be serious. This will help keep you, your family, and your community healthy.

    If you’re undocumented or do not have insurance, you can still get needed COVID-19 testing and treatment at no cost. Medi-Cal care for COVID-19 testing or treatment does not count under the public charge rule.

    Testing is available to every Californian who needs it, including immigrants.

    Call Medi-Nurse if you’re uninsured or have Medi-Cal, but no regular doctor

    Medi-Nurse is a free, 24/7 nurse advice line available at 1‑877‑409‑9052. You can:

    • Speak directly with a health professional about your symptoms
    • Get advice about treatment in your area
    • Ask how to apply for health insurance

    Know your rights

    All Californians regardless of immigration status, have protections under our laws and Constitution.

    As of March 9, 2021, the federal government is no longer applying the public charge rule that was expanded in 2019. Instead, the public charge rule will be applied as defined in the 1999 Interim Field Guidance in place prior to the expanded public charge rule’s implementation.

    This change in federal policy means immigrants and their loved ones across California can seek and accept medical care, food assistance, and public housing without fear of or confusion about public charge consequences. Learn more about this change at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website and the California Health and Human Services website.

    Immigration or public benefits attorneys can answer questions about your situation. The Department of Social Services has a list of organizations that can help you with public charge questions.

    Safer at work

    All Californians enjoy the same protections at work, regardless of immigration status. Your employer cannot punish you for:

    • Taking paid sick leave
    • Applying for workers’ compensation
    • Reporting unsafe or unhealthy conditions

    Learn more about your rights and what your employer must do at the Workers page and the Safer at Work site.


    Help and benefits

    Many benefits and programs are available to Californians, some regardless of immigration status.

    Food help

    • Free meals for children through school do not count under the public charge rule.
    • Food assistance from GetCalFresh.org does not count under the public charge rule.
    • The Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program is available to Californians regardless of immigration status. These benefits do not count under the public charge rule.
    • Food banks will not ask for your immigration status.

    Learn more about these programs at the Food and food assistance page.

    Benefits at work

    You may be eligible for benefits at work. You are not a public charge if you collect any of these benefits:

    • Unemployment insurance
    • Paid sick or family leave
    • Workers’ compensation
    • Disability insurance

    Unemployment insurance

    You can collect unemployment insurance if you were authorized to work in the United States:

    • When you earned the wages you used to establish your claim
    • During each week you claim benefits

    People with work authorization include, but are not limited to:

    • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients
    • People with Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
    • Refugees or asylees

    Disability insurance and paid family leave

    Undocumented immigrants may be eligible for State Disability Insurance and paid family leave.

    Some immigrants are eligible for federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. If you are not eligible for SSI, contact your local social services agency to find out if you are eligible for benefits through the Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI).

    More about work benefits

    Learn more about these benefits, including how to apply, at the Workers page and the Department of Labor’s Coronavirus resources.

    Small business help

    California’s small business centers are available to all Californians.

    Grants and loans are available, depending on your immigration status. Some are available regardless of immigration status.

    • All Californians can apply for financial help through IBank and the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant program.
    • Non-US citizens with documentation of their legal status can receive help through the US Small Business Administration. This includes Paycheck Protection Plan loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

    Learn more about these grants and loans at the Businesses & Employers page.

    Housing help

    A law provides renters, homeowners, and small landlords with relief if COVID-19 or quarantine impacts your ability to pay all or part of your rent or mortgage.

    Learn more at Housing is Key.

    Hotel rooms for agricultural workers

    The Housing for the Harvest program offers temporary hotel housing to agricultural and food processing workers, including farm workers, who need to isolate due to COVID-19. This program gives exposed agricultural workers a place to stay and meals so they can protect their loved ones until they recover. 

    Visit Housing for agricultural workers to get the contact info for this program in your county.

    Utility shut-offs

    Many utility companies are not shutting off services due to non-payment.

    The Water Board has restricted water service shut-offs during the COVID-19 crisis. Fill out this form to report any water shut off or reconnection issue. Language assistance is available (en Español) for Spanish speakers to report water shut-offs by calling 1‑916‑445‑5617.

    Cash aid

    • CalWORKS provides cash assistance and services to eligible families with one or more children in the home. It’s available to US citizens and certain immigrants, including children who are US citizens, even if their parents are not eligible due to immigration status. 
    • Refugees, asylees, Cuban/Haitian entrants, special immigrant visa holders, Amerasians, and certified victims of human trafficking may be eligible to receive Refugee Cash Assistance if they are not eligible for other forms of cash assistance.
    • Victims of human trafficking, victims of domestic violence, and other serious crimes can receive cash assistance through the Trafficking and Crime Victim Assistance Program.
    • Your county may offer cash assistance to people who are not eligible for other benefits.

    Apply for these benefits at Benefitscal.org or by contacting your local social services agency.


    Tax credits

    If you work and have low income, you may qualify for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC). If you qualify for CalEITC and have a child under the age of six, you may also qualify for the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC). These state credits can give you hundreds of dollars.

    The CalEITC is now available to taxpayers who do not have a Social Security number, but do have an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), regardless of immigration status. If you have an ITIN and are eligible, you can claim the credit on your 2020 individual tax returns (which are filed in 2021). The Franchise Tax Board has more info on CalEITC and YCTC (en Español).

    If you receive the CalEITC on your 2020 individual tax return you’ll also get the Golden State Stimulus, a $600, one-time relief payment.

    You’ll get an additional $600, one-time relief payment if you:

    • Have an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
    • Made $75,000 or less
    • Were excluded from the federal stimulus payments in 2020

    You may also be eligible for free tax preparation at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site.


    Questions and answers

    I am an immigrant Californian. Are there organizations that can help me?

    Yes. The California Immigrant Resilience Fund has raised over $75 million to provide cash assistance to undocumented Californians who are not eligible for other COVID-19 programs. Visit the California Immigrant Resilience Fund website to see if you can benefit from this program.

    Your actions save lives

    Keep California healthy.
    Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance.

    California numbers

    california for all your actions save lives visit CA covid19 toolkit website

    California is working around the clock to respond to COVID-19

    See CA State actions

    24-hour help

    For the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 800‑273‑8255 or text 838255

    For the Domestic Violence Hotline, 800‑799‑7233 or click Chat Now

    Call 911 if you or the person you are helping is in immediate danger.

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has changed all of our lives. You may feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, depressed, lonely or frustrated in these circumstances. You’re not alone.

    On this page:

    Strategies for managing stress

    • Be mindful of your intake of information from news sources about the virus, and consider taking breaks from it.
    • Maintain social contact with supportive relationships like friends, family or others, by phone, text, or internet.
    • Treat your body kindly: eat healthy foods, avoid excessive alcohol, and exercise as you are able.
    • Call your health care provider if your anxiety interferes with your daily activities.

    More stress relief techniques are available in the Roadmap for Resilience and COVID-19 playbook available from the Office of the Surgeon General.

    Hotlines if you need to talk to someone 

    If you are feeling overwhelmed with sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800‑273‑8255.

    There are additional resources available if you are in crisis:

    Youth and teens

    Veterans

    Veterans Crisis Line: Call800‑273‑8255 and Press 1 or text 838255 for 24/7 support.

    First responders and law enforcement

    Older Californians 

    Deaf and hard of hearing individuals

    National Suicide Prevention Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hotline: Access 24/7 video relay service by dialing 800‑273‑8255 (TTY 800‑799‑4889).

    Services for substance use disorders

    LGBTQ individuals

    Find behavioral and mental health services

    If you have Medi-Cal and are in need of mental health services, call the number on your health plan membership card, or call your local county mental health line. For help finding what services are covered, call the Medi-Cal Managed Care and Mental Health Office of the Ombudsman at 888‑452‑8609 Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm.

    If you have a health plan through your employer or purchase your own health insurance, and are in need of mental health services, call the number on your health plan membership card.

    If you feel like you are coping with your stress by drinking or taking drugs, there is help available from the substance use disorder programs in your county or call the national treatment locator at 800‑662‑HELP.

    Older adults can find local services through the Department of Aging’s website, or by calling 800‑510‑2020.

    Helplines if you feel unsafe

    Partner abuse is never okay and there are people standing by to help, especially during this health crisis. If you can, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800‑799‑SAFE or text LOVEIS to 22522 for 24/7 help in English or Spanish. If you can’t call, visit TheHotline.org to learn how to create a safety plan or get immediate help with the 24/7 “Chat Now” feature.

    Call or text the Victims of Crime Resource Center at 800‑VICTIMS line for information on victim services programs in California.

    Visit the California Victims Compensation Board website to find information on county victim service providers in California.

    There are additional resources available:

    Resources to help others

    Protecting children from abuse and neglect

    Community members play an important role in protecting children from abuse and neglect. If you are worried about the health or safety of a child, call the local CPS hotline for the county where the child lives or find a local child abuse youth victim service provider.

    You can call or text the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 24/7 at 800‑4‑A‑CHILD to speak with a professional crisis counselor who can provide assistance in over 170 languages.

    You may also be able to help children and youth who have been abused or neglected by stepping up to serve as a foster caregiver. Please contact your local county’s Social Service or Human Service department, or call the toll-free line at 800‑KIDS‑4‑US.

    Family support

    If you are concerned about a family in need of food or assistance, or you need resources yourself, call 211, contact your local non-profit Family Resource Center, or apply for public benefits, which may include health care, cash aid, and food and nutrition assistance, through your county’s Social Services or Health and Human Services department.

    You can call the California Parent & Youth Helpline at 855‑427‑2736 Monday – Sunday from 8:00am – 8:00pm to get emotional support from a trained Parent Advocate.

    NAMI California has resources for family members supporting loved ones with mental health conditions. You can call their HelpLine at 800‑950‑NAMI to get information, resource referrals and support from 7:00am – 3:00pm or email info@namica.org.

    Caregivers can find resources at the Department of Aging website, including guidelines to protect the health and safety of both you and your loved one from COVID-19.

    County Adult Protective Services

    Adult Protective Services: Call 833‑401‑0832 24/7 for concerns about adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

    California is working to support people financially affected by COVID-19 and keep them safe.

    On this page:


    Unemployment insurance, paid and unpaid leave, and other worker benefits

    There are several benefits available to workers impacted by COVID-19. You may be able to take advantage of: 

    • Unemployment insurance
    • Pandemic unemployment assistance
    • Paid sick and family leave
    • Disability insurance
    • Workers’ compensation

    Additional information on these benefits is available in this chart from the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. 

    Here’s more information about available benefits like unemployment insurance, paid and unpaid leave, and other worker benefits.

    Expanded unemployment benefits due to COVID-19

    Several unemployment benefit programs and benefit program extensions are available if you lost your job or had your hours reduced due to COVID-19, including:

    • Unemployment Insurance
    • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
    • Federal-State Extended Duration
    • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation

    Each unemployment benefit program is available during specific dates. Your weekly benefit amount may also be increased automatically during specific weeks. Learn more about expanded unemployment benefits in the California Employment Development Department’s (EDD) charts:

    Find out how to apply in the EDD’s guide to applying for unemployment benefits.

    After your benefits claim is submitted, it will take at least three weeks to be processed. It may take longer if your information does not match wage records or your identity cannot be verified.

    Visit EDD’s website for the latest news about COVID-19 and unemployment benefits.

    More help

    If you’re looking for help with:

    • Paying your rent, eviction protection, or mortgage relief, visit the Housing page
    • Getting or affording food, visit the Food page
    • Finding a childcare provider, visit mychildcare.ca.gov
    • Finding more financial assistance, visit the Financial help page

    Paid leave, unpaid leave, and other benefits

    If you’re employed and have COVID-19, stay home. There are options available if you cannot work because you (or a family member you’re taking care of) are sick or quarantined. You may also be able to use paid sick leave to go to your vaccine appointment or if you experience vaccine-related symptoms. 

    Paid leave

    You can use state paid leave benefits if you are affected by COVID-19, including sick leave you’ve accrued, COVID-19 supplemental sick leave, and family leave. Check the paid leave benefits chart from the California Department of Industrial Relations for details. 

    Here’s additional information about these benefits.

    Paid sick leave that you’ve accrued as an employee

    COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave

    • Available if your employer has 26 or more employees, and you:
      • Are sick, must quarantine, or isolate
      • Are caring for a family member that is sick, must quarantine, or isolate
      • Are caring for a child whose school is closed due to COVID-19 on the premises
      • Need to to go to your vaccine appointment during normal work hours
      • Cannot work or telework due to vaccine-related symptoms
    • Up to 80 hours available through September 30, 2021
    • Check the Department of Industrial Relations’ information about paid sick leave options and the COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave FAQs

    Paid family leave

    • Available if you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional)
    • Between 60-70% of wages may be available for up to 8 weeks
    • How to file a paid family leave claim

    Expired paid leave programs

    Federal and state law provided two paid leave programs related to COVID-19, both of which expired on December 31, 2020. If you took time off from work in 2020 related to the pandemic, you may have been eligible for paid leave under these laws. 

    • Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): The requirement for employers to provide paid leave under the FFCRA began on April 1 , 2020 and expired on December 31, 2020. Check the FFCRA questions and answers to learn more about workers’ and employers’ rights and responsibilities after this date.
    • California 2020 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave: California law provided COVID-19 supplemental paid leave to certain food sector workers beginning April 16, 2020, and to non-food sector workers beginning September 19, 2020. These benefits expired on December 31, 2020. Check the Labor Commissioner’s Office’s FAQs on 2020 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave to learn more.

    Job-protected unpaid family and medical leave

    • Available if you need time off to care for yourself or a family member with a serious health condition
    • Up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave
    • You’re entitled to your same or a comparable position when returning to work

    On January 1, 2021, new laws expanded the family and medical leave available through the California Family Rights Act. Learn about the changes for 2021 in this fact sheet.

    Disability insurance

    • Available if you’re unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness related to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a disability insurance claim
    • Up to 52 weeks of benefits

    Workers’ compensation

    • If you believe you contracted COVID-19 at your workplace, notify your employer and file a workers’ compensation claim to possibly receive partial wages and medical expenses while you recover. 
    • Two groups of workers may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits based on a presumption of eligibility:
      • First responders and healthcare workers who get sick or injured due to COVID-19 on or after July 6, 2020
      • Employees of companies with five or more employees who test positive for COVID-19 during an outbreak at their workplace

    For more information, review the Workers page of saferatwork.ca.gov.


    Exposure to COVID-19 at work

    Your employer must exclude you from work if you test positive for COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.

    Your employer must exclude you from work if you have been exposed to COVID-19 at work, unless you are fully vaccinated and are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

    If you were potentially exposed to COVID-19 at work, your employer must:

    • Tell you within one business day of your potential exposure.
    • Provide information to you about available benefits like paid leave and workers’ compensation.
    • Investigate workplace conditions that could have contributed to the risk of COVID-19 exposure and what could be done to reduce exposure to COVID-19 hazards.
    • Offer you COVID-19 testing during your normal working hours at no cost to you. This is true even if you’re fully vaccinated.

    Get tested if you:

    • Have symptoms of COVID-19
    • Were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 (within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period)
    • Were asked or referred to get tested by your employer, healthcare provider, or local health jurisdiction
    • Are required to as part of the school testing cadence

    You do not have to quarantine or get tested (unless your employer or local health department requires it), even after close contact, if you:

    • Are fully vaccinated with no COVID-19 symptoms, or
    • Tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months, have recovered, and have not developed new symptoms 

    What to do if you have or may have COVID-19

    If you have symptoms, stay home and isolate

    If you don’t have symptoms, but you tested positive, isolate at home

    If you don’t have symptoms, but you had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or has COVID-19 symptoms, quarantine at home unless you are fully vaccinated


    Returning to work after getting sick or exposed to COVID-19

    If you are fully vaccinated and have no symptoms, you do not need to quarantine before returning to work after close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

    If you have symptoms, you can return to work when all of these are true:

    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started 
    • Your fever has been gone for 24 hours without the aid of medication 
    • Your symptoms have improved

    If you don’t have symptoms, but tested positive, you can return to work when at least 10 days have passed since you first tested positive.

    If you are not vaccinated and don’t have symptoms, but had close contact with someone who tested positive or has COVID-19 symptoms, you can return to work when at least 10 days have passed since your last exposure to COVID-19.

    If you return to work after only 10 days, you must:

    • Monitor yourself daily for COVID-19 symptoms through Day 14. If symptoms occur, stay home, isolate, and get tested.
    • Wear a mask around others, wash your hands frequently, and stay at least 6 feet away from others through Day 14.  

    A negative test is not required to return to work.


    Worker rights and protections

    Your employer must protect you from COVID-19

    Employers are required to:

    • Follow California’s COVID-19 prevention emergency temporary standards to protect their workers. Worker training must include the specific topics required by these standards. These standards are enforced by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
    • Provide you with face coverings or reimburse you for the reasonable cost of obtaining them.

    Visit the Workers page of saferatwork.ca.gov to learn more. 

    Reporting your COVID-19 safety and health concerns at work

    You have the right to speak up about unsafe work practices. Report unsafe work conditions related to COVID-19 by filing a workplace safety complaint.

    Unpaid wages, leave benefits, and retaliation

    If your employer refuses to provide paid sick leave or COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave, or prevents you from using paid sick hours, you can file a claim for unpaid wages or call the California Labor Commissioner’s Office at 833‑526‑4636.

    If you know of an employer who is violating the 2020 or 2021 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) Laws, submit a report of labor law violations or call the Labor Commissioner’s SPSL confidential tip hotline at 855‑526‑7775.

    If you experience retaliation for using paid sick leave, missing work due to quarantine, and other protected rights under labor laws, find out how to file a retaliation complaint.

    Employer vaccination requirements

    Your employer can require employees to receive FDA-approved vaccines against COVID-19 infection so long as they:

    • Do not discriminate against or harass employees or job applicants on the basis of protected characteristics
    • Provide reasonable accommodations related to disability or sincerely-held religious beliefs or practices
    • Do not retaliate against anyone for engaging in protected activities

    Learn more in the Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s FAQs about keeping workplaces safe during the COVID-19 pandemic while also upholding civil rights.


    Temporary housing for essential workers

    Hotel rooms for healthcare workers

    The Non-Congregate Sheltering for California Healthcare Workers Program keeps healthcare workers safe and reduces the spread of COVID-19. It provides hotel rooms to healthcare workers who give critical care to COVID-19 patients so they do not bring the virus home to their household. Check the hotel rooms for California healthcare workers program information.

    Hotel rooms for agricultural workers

    The Housing for the Harvest program offers temporary housing to farm and food processing workers who need to isolate due to COVID-19. It helps exposed agricultural workers protect their loved ones by giving them a space to self-isolate. Visit Housing for agricultural workers to find out more information.


    Questions and answers

    Do I need a note or certificate from a medical provider to file for unemployment?

    No, a medical certificate is not required.

    How long will it take to process a claim for unemployment or insurance benefits and to receive a payment?

    After your claim is submitted, it will take at least three weeks to be processed. It may take longer if your information doesn’t match wage records or your identity can’t be verified. 

    The Governor has waived the one-week waiting period. This means you can collect benefits for the first week that you were out of work or had reduced hours.

    What can I do if I miss work because of school closures? 

    You can file for Unemployment Insurance (UI)

    If your employer has 26 or more employees and you are caring for a child whose school is closed due to COVID-19 on the premises, you may be able to use California COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave. Check the Department of Industrial Relations information about paid sick leave options and the COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave FAQs.

    Other options may be available. Learn more in this chart of benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19 from the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency.

    Can I get rent payment assistance?

    Renters can apply for California’s COVID-19 rent relief program at Housing Is Key or by calling 1‑833‑430‑2122.

    Stay informed

    Help for renters and landlords

    Rental assistance for renters and landlords is available through the California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program. Go to the Housingiskey.com application portal or call 1‑833‑430‑2122 to apply as a renter or landlord.

    Apply at Housing Is Key

    California is protecting people experiencing homelessness during coronavirus and preventing others from losing their homes.

    On this page you will find:

    Help for renters, homeowners, and small landlords

    The Tenant, Homeowner and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020 provides renters, homeowners, and small landlords with relief if coronavirus or the quarantine has impacted your ability to pay all or part of your rent or mortgage.

    More information is available at Housing is Key

    Renters

    An executive order protects you from eviction if coronavirus or the quarantine impacted your ability to pay all or part of your rent between March 4, 2020, and August 31, 2020.

    The Tenant, Homeowner and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act protects you from eviction if you are unable to pay some or all of your rent due to coronavirus or the quarantine between September 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. You’ll need to pay at least 25% of your rent for this period. You can do that monthly or in one lump sum by June 30, 2021.

    In both situations, you must provide your landlord with a declaration of financial hardship. Make sure you:

    • Explain your financial situation to your landlord and tell them how much you can pay 
    • Save all financial documents 
    • Pay as much of your rent as you can

    If your landlord is attempting to evict you and you took all the above steps, contact a local legal aid provider and learn about your protections.

    Many utility providers are not shutting off services due to non-payment. Check with the California Public Utilities Commission for more information.

    The Water Board restricts the shut off of water during the COVID crisis. Report any water shutoff or reconnect issue at COVID-19 Water Shut-Off Complaint Report.

    Homeowners and small landlords

    Foreclosure protection is available for homeowners and small landlords who have federally-backed mortgages through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This includes landlords with four or fewer properties (whether or not they’re owner-occupied). 

    Homeowners or small landlords who don’t have federally-backed loans can contact their loan servicers to request forbearance. Your lender must provide detailed reasons if they deny your forbearance request. You can contest a denial.

    These financial institutions may be able to reduce or delay your monthly payment. In addition, they will:

    • Give you a streamlined process to request forbearance for coronavirus-related reasons, supported with available documentation
    • Confirm approval of and terms of the forbearance program
    • Provide the opportunity to extend your forbearance agreement if you continue to experience hardship due to coronavirus

    Learn more about other mortgage protections and resources.

    Help for people experiencing homelessness

    If you’re experiencing homelessness, you can contact your local homeless continuum of care. In many communities, you can also call 211 for help.

    You may be able to get a hotel or motel room through Project Roomkey and the state’s partnership with Motel 6.

    Homeless assistance providers

    If you’re a homeless assistance provider, determine your community’s need for rooms before you request support from the state. Work with your local continuum of care, emergency management, social services, tribes, and other partners.

    California has set aside $150 million in emergency funding to protect the homeless during the coronavirus. Here are some FAQs for homeless assistance providers about those funds.

    Temporary housing for essential workers

    Housing for the Harvest offers temporary housing to agriculture and food processing workers who need to isolate due to coronavirus infection or exposure. Under this program, the state will pay for hotel rooms for agricultural workers who need to self-isolate. 

    Visit housing for agricultural workers to find out program eligibility.

    Hotel rooms for healthcare workers 

    The Non-Congregate Sheltering (NCS) for California Healthcare Workers Program keeps healthcare workers safe and reduces the spread of the coronavirus. It provides hotel rooms to healthcare workers who give critical care to COVID-19 patients so they don’t bring home the virus to their household. Check the program information to find out about eligibility and how to reserve a room.

    Questions and answers

    I am homeless and I may have come in contact with coronavirus. How can I self-isolate with nowhere to go and services closing down?

    A motel or hotel room may be available for you and your family. Contact your local homeless continuum of care to connect you to this service.

    Will there be a rent freeze or waiver for renters? Are evictions allowed during the stay at home order?

    The Tenant, Homeowner and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act and an executive order have halted evictions and protected renters. If you are financially affected by  coronavirus and can’t pay your full rent, let your landlord know in writing within seven days of the rent due date. Save documentation as proof. The order does not relieve you from paying rent. It also does not restrict your landlord from collecting rent later.

    How do I get mortgage relief and/or forbearance?

    Contact and work directly with your mortgage servicer to learn about and apply for available relief. Some financial institutions and their servicers are experiencing a high volume of inquiries.

    How long will the mortgage forbearance last?

    You’ll agree on the terms of a forbearance with your mortgage service. Financial institutions will confirm approval of and terms of the forbearance program.

    Stay informed

    Statewide COVID-19 Hotline

    833‑422‑4255 (833-4CA-4ALL)

    The statewide call center will be open 7 days a week:

    • 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday – Friday, Pacific Daylight Time.   
    • Saturday and Sunday  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time.

    This COVID-19 information line is a part of our ongoing effort to provide reliable, trusted information and support.

    California COVID Notify Hotline

    888‑421‑9457 (888‑4C19‑HLP)

    The statewide call center will be open 7 days a week:

    8:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday – Sunday, Pacific Daylight Time

    California COVID Notify, Google and Apple’s exposure notification system, alerts you if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 while preserving your privacy.

    Local social services information line

    Californians can call their local 211 which are available 24 hours a day. 

    We urge Californians to do the following:

    1. If you’re looking for general information about state COVID-19 resources: use covid19.ca.gov or call 833‑422‑4255.
    2. If you’re looking for California COVID Notify, Google and Apple’s exposure notification system: visit California COVID Notify or call 888‑421‑9457.
    3. If you’re looking for community services and support: Call 211.
    4. If you’re looking for medicine and medical attention: Call your healthcare provider or pharmacy.

    If it’s an emergency: Call 911