San Diego Restaurant Workers Cleared To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Starting This Weekend

February 24, 2021

County of San Diego officials announced today that COVID-19 vaccinations will open to people who work in the restaurant & food industry (including grocery stores), as well as employees of certain other business sectors, beginning on February 27.

Frontline food industry workers - including employees of restaurants, agriculture and farm services, and grocery workers - have been cleared to receive a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine starting this Saturday, February 27. Prior to today's announcement, only health care personnel, long-term care facility staff and residents, and those 65 years and older were eligible to receive coronavirus vaccines. The County decided to open the vaccines to more people in Phase 1B, Tier 1 as vaccine supplies increase and more progress is made in vaccinating those currently eligible. People who work in emergency services like law enforcement, as well as those in child care and education, have also been approved to receive vaccinations in today's announcement, which took place at the San Diego County press briefing. People with underlying conditions can begin signing up for vaccinations on March 15.

CAL FIRE and Operation Collaboration will take the lead in scheduling remote vaccination events. Food industry workers can sign up for vaccination appointments by visiting Patience is advised as the newly opened tier includes half a million people. Not everyone will be able to get an immediate appointment, but more time slots will open as additional vaccines arrive.