COVID-19 Vaccine

Some basic facts about the COVID-19 vaccine from CDC --   Vaccine Facts

SUP and Maritime Labor Demands Vaccine Access

America's deep-sea maritime Unions spoke with one voice in support of prioritized merchant mariner access to the COVID-19 vaccine. as essential front-line workers. The letter was addressed to all the Governors of the United States, who hold the vaccine distribution authority, as well as the CDC working group that came up with the original and amended prioritization schedule.The maritime industry group USA Maritime also supported the letter and many operators signed on to similar versions. Used only as a starting point and touchstone for the unified efforts of maritime labor across a spectrum of activism, here's the Union letter:

Joint Union Letter on Vaccine Access

The CDC did its final priority access recommendation in late December and announced it in a presentation that can be accessed here: 

CDC Priority Access Determination on COVID 19 Vaccine

During the period the the SUP took its own action in support of vaccine access, remaining engaged and active at the national, state and local to press for expedited access. In meetings, emails, letters and phone calls authorities heard our demands and frustrations. As a relatively minor marker of those efforts to aid in member vaccinations, here are copies of the letters sent to West Coast governors who the most effective authority over vaccine distribution in our main areas of operation:

Letter to Hawaii Gov. Ige

Letter to Washington Gov. Inslee

Letter to California Gov. Newsom

Vaccine Finder State by State

The CDC's main COVID vaccine website has a good portal to all the latest information in each state. Find it here

Search for Vaccine in Your State and Location

Kaiser Access

Members of Kaiser can sign up for the vaccine here: Kaiser Vaccine Registration


See the link to a form that can be filled out and notification signed up for at the same time at Phase Finder / Encuentra Tu Fase (

The general WA vaccine information page is at Vaccine Information :: Washington State Department of Health.


The Hawaii public health department has its main COVID page here.

Hawaii has its main vaccination page here and there is a clinic by clinic registration page here, and that may be the most direct HI resource to actually getting the vaccine. 

There is interactive map for an island-by-island vaccine locator page here.




Heavy on details and hard to navigate, the State of California's Vaccination Plan can nevertheless be accessed here:

California Vaccination Plan

California's vaccination program has had trouble from the start. Many problems remain unresolved in late January 2021.

Recently the state rolled out a new site called MyTurn (, as an online registry, but it has not yet been widely promoted and still is a work in progress.

Californians can register on the website to be notified when it’s their turn for the vaccine in a number of counties. But for now, it only can be used to schedule appointments in Los Angeles County — and then only if they are health care workers or aged 65 and older. County by county registration for the vaccine is more or less available at the individual county websites.They are accessible in the general national "vaccine finder" link above.

MyTurn is expected to improve in the coming weeks as more counties are able to link their registration systems to the state’s online platform. At least one local official has alerted their constituents to it, but the state has not yet announced or publicized it.

The website advises people without email addresses or a mobile phone to call the state’s COVID hotline at 833-422-4255.

MyTurn serves as a clearinghouse for residents, a one-stop place to get information that until now has been scattered over 58 counties and three cities. State officials largely have left the on-the-ground logistics of vaccine distribution to local health departments that have partnered with local health providers. 

As a result, Californians have had to navigate numerous online registration or notification systems managed by county and city governments, hospitals and even supermarkets. They have spent hours on screens and on the phone, fruitlessly searching for appointments. Some online platforms have buckled under the strain, going dark for hours at a time.

Bay Area

County-by-county Status and Sites


  • Currently vaccinating Phase 1A: Healthcare Workers and Phase 1B: 65+, education and child care, emergency services (including law enforcement), and food/agriculture

Contra Costa

  • Members of Phase 1A (healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities) and Phase 1B residents aged 65 and older as vaccine supply allows, in keeping with the State’s guidance.
  • On February 18th Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) updated its eligibility policy for COVID-19 vaccine to extend vaccination eligibility to residents who work in the education and childcare sector, food and agriculture workers, and emergency services workers as defined by California’s vaccination plan Phase 1B.

San Francisco
San Francisco is currently vaccinating:

  • Frontline healthcare workers (See vaccination options for healthcare workers)
  • People 65 years and older. Some sites are only booking appointments for people 75 and older due to limited supply.
  • Starting February 24, people working in the following sectors are eligible for the vaccine:
    • Education and childcare
    • Emergency services
    • Food and agriculture

San Mateo
San Mateo County is currently vaccinating

Santa Clara

For more information and to sign up for a vaccine, visit site or call (833) 422-4255, or contact your healthcare provider. You can also sign

Los Angeles

From Los Angeles County Public Health:

Five sites mass vaccination sites are open, which were chosen for their regional accessibility and their ability to handle large capacities of people. They are:

Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768

The Forum, 3900 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90305

California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330

L.A. County Office of Education, 12830 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242

Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355

These large-scale vaccination sites will be able to vaccinate approximately 4,000 people per day at each site, significantly increasing the number of frontline healthcare workers vaccinated. Vaccinations are free, and available to all who are currently eligible, regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage. For those who have insurance, coverage information may be requested as part of the appointment scheduling process.

Additionally, Los Angeles County residents who are 65 years old and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Residents in this high-priority age group may receive a communication from their health care provider with information about COVID-19 vaccinations and how to receive one. They can also visit to schedule an appointment for vaccination. For those without access to a computer or the internet, a call center will be open to help schedule appointments at 833-540-0473, daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Individuals are encouraged to use the website whenever possible to sign up for an appointment to avoid long wait times on the phone.

This slide was part of the CDC recommendation made in late December to adjust the definition of essential workers to include education workers, among others. The net effect was to lower the priority access to mariners and other essential workers in transportation and logistics.