Public Health

The mission of the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) is to protect the public through promoting individual, community, and environmental health. 


Public announcements will be made when additional community vaccination clinics are scheduled. See below for details.

Federal Retail Pharmacy Program:
CVS Pharmacy | 260 Spruce St., in Gridley

COVID-19 Vaccinations available by appointment only. CVS will vaccinate individuals who are currently eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Butte County, including persons 65+ and healthcare workers. Open seven days a week.

Book a vaccination appointment at CVS in Gridley:
  • Online at:
  • By phone at: 800-746-7287.   

If attending a clinic in Butte County:

Sector Based Vaccination Clinics:

If you are attending a sector based community vaccination clinic, you must work in Butte County. Proof of employment includes: pay stub, work ID/badge or letter on company letterhead indicating employment.

Age-based Community Vaccination Clinics:

If you are attending an age-based community vaccination clinic, you must live in Butte County.

First Dose Community Vaccination Clinics

March 10 & 11 | Oroville Sports Club | Butte County Residents 65+, Food & AG

First dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments for residents 65+ and those who work in the food and agriculture sectors who live in Butte County. The community clinic is located at the Oroville Sports Club at 2600 Oro Dam Blvd, by appointment only. To schedule your vaccination:

March 8, 9, 10, & 11 | Chico Meriam Park | Butte County Residents 65+, All Approved Sectors (Phases 1a and 1b)

First dose community clinics for the week of March 8 are prioritized for Butte County residents ages 65+ and all approved sectors, by appointment only. To schedule your vaccination:

  • Online at:
  • Vaccine Scheduling Hotline: 552-3020. For residents without internet, you may call the Vaccine Scheduling Hotline for assistance – please reserve this line for those without internet. Calling the hotline WILL NOT book your appointment faster. If you have internet, scheduling your second dose is fast and easy.
  • Hotline Hours of operation: 
  • Thursday, March 4: 8 am to 4:30 pm
  • Friday, March 5: 8 am to 4:30 pm

Second Dose Community Vaccination Clinics

There are currently no second dose clinics scheduled. This section will get updated once these clinics are available again.
The County is just beginning the process of offering second doses of the vaccine. Please be patient during this process and understand that everyone who received their first dose is guaranteed a second dose.
The CDC's updated guidance was revised to allow for second dose administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval. This applies to both Moderna and Pfizer. CDC states the first dose does not “expire.” Even if a person gets the second dose later than the recommended timeframe, they should not repeat the whole course - just get the second when they can.
The clinic dates below are only for people who received their first dose during the dates listed. All spots are available first come, first serve for those who qualify for the dates. Please ONLY register for your second dose if you received your first dose during the indicated timeframe – you will be turned away if your CDC COVID vaccine card does not indicate the correct date. If you misplaced your card, staff will be onsite with computer access to verify your first dose.

Vaccine Scheduling Hotline: 552-3020
For residents without internet, you may call the Vaccine Scheduling Hotline for assistance – please reserve this line for those without internet. Calling the hotline WILL NOT book your appointment faster. If you have internet, scheduling your second dose is fast and easy. Hotline Hours of operation: 
  • Thursday, March 4: 8 am to 4:30 pm
  • Friday, March 5: 8 am to 4:30 pm

FDA Approves Emergency Use of Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen Vaccine

Having a safe and effective vaccine is the top priority. Approving vaccines as safe, and making sure they work, is up to several scientific groups at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and other groups look at available information about a vaccine and make informed decisions about the risks and benefits of using it. On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in individuals 16 years of age and older. The emergency use authorization allows the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S. On December 18, 2020, the FDA issued the second EUA for a vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19. The EUA allows the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S. On February 27, 2021, the FDA issued the second EUA for a vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19. The EUA allows the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S. Learn more about the FDA’s EUA process for the Pfizer vaccine Learn more about the FDA's EUA process for the Moderna vaccine. Learn more about the FDA's EUA process for the Janssen vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheets

Think you qualify for the vaccine in Phase 1a, but were missed?

If you qualify to get the COVID vaccination in Phase 1a (all tiers) and believe you may have been missed, you can notify Public Health: Click "You missed me" to let us know.

Priority Vaccination for Persons at High Risk - effective March 15th

Beginning March 15, healthcare providers may use their clinical judgement to vaccinate individuals age 16-64 who are deemed to be at the very highest risk for morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 as a direct result of one or more of the severe health conditions included in this provider bulletin.

Categories with a CHECK MARK indicate groups that the vaccine is currently available to. Unchecked boxes indicates groups that do not have access to the vaccine yet. Please DO NOT CONTACT PUBLIC HEATLH at this time.

Food & Ag Sub-Sectors

  • Grocery stores
  • Convenience stores
  • Retail that sells food and beverages
  • Retail that sells animal/pet food
  • Restaurants and carry-out
  • Quick serve food operations
  • Food preparation
  • Food delivery services
  • Food manufacturing facilities or processing plants
  • Recycling operations and processing
  • Farmers, farm and ranch workers
  • Agribusiness support services
  • Agribusiness auction and sales
  • Grain and oilseed handling, storage and distribution
  • Cannabis growers
  • Agriculture and commodity inspection
  • Agricultural Storage facilities
  • Fuel ethanol facilities
  • Biodiesel and renewable diesel facilities
  • Cafeterias
  • Animal care facilities/shelters
  • Animal food, feed and ingredient production, packaging and distribution
  • Manufacturing, packaging and distribution of veterinary drugs
  • Agribusiness truck delivery and transport
  • Sawmills
  • Manufacturing and maintenance of agricultural equipment
  • Animal agriculture
  • Livestock, poultry, seafood slaughter facilities and packing plants
  • Pet and animal feed processing facilities
  • Beverage production facilities
  • Food packaging production facilities
  • Recycling operations and processing
  • Food assistance programs
  • School lunch programs
  • Food, Feed and beverage supporting warehouse workers
  • Food, Feed and beverage supporting vendor-managed inventory controllers
  • Food, Feed and beverage supporting blockchain managers
  • Sanitation of food manufacturing processes and operations, wholesale to retail
  • Animal diagnostic and food testing laboratories
  • Veterinarians

Frequently asked questions (click to view expanded FAQs)

Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine right now?

The people in the highest risk categories, as set by the state and federal government, are eligible for vaccine. These are people at risk of getting COVID-19 because they work in specific jobs in health care or because they live or work in certain types of nursing homes. Butte County is in Phase 1a (all tiers), and 1b, tier 1 of the state of California’s prioritization tiers, offering vaccine to approved healthcare facilities for vaccination of specific healthcare personnel working in the following settings.

Is transportation to the vaccine clinic available for persons 70+? Yes.

Transportation is available through the B-Line’s Paratransit service, which offers door-to-door rides for persons 70 and older. An application must be completed in advance of the first ride. Applications can be requested over the phone, in-person, or downloaded from the internet. A one-way ride on the Paratransit is $3.50.
  • Contact B-Line Paratransit: 530-809-4614 (option 1)
  • Download the B-Line Paratransit Dial-a-Ride application:

When will healthcare provider offices receive the vaccine?

For each phase of vaccine distribution, as prioritized by the CDPH,  local healthcare providers are identified and invited by BCPH to register with the State as an approved COVID-19 vaccine provider. Healthcare providers who have not been contacted directly by BCPH to register with CDPH as a vaccine provider are not currently identified to receive the vaccine in the current phase of distribution. These providers should wait to be contacted by BCPH.

How will older adults (age 65+) with or without underlying health conditions know when they can get vaccinated?

Based on your age and the presence of underlying health conditions, you may qualify to get vaccinated in either Phase 1b, tier 1 or tier 2 OR Phase 1c. Once the vaccine is available for people in this age group, Butte County Public Health will communicate this broadly to the local media, on this website, on our Facebook page and to local healthcare providers. If you have a primary care provider they may inform you as well.

Can my family and I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

The guidelines on who gets the vaccine first come from the federal government and state government. Because the amount of vaccine available is limited, it is important to follow the guidelines and get the first doses of vaccine to people working in healthcare and skilled nursing facilities, and people who live in long-term care facilities. Eventually, everyone in Butte County who wants to get vaccinated will be able to get vaccinated. We will be providing regular updates over the coming weeks and months to help everyone in the county understand when they are eligible to get vaccinated.

Where will I go to get the vaccine once it’s available?

Details are still be finalized, but getting your COVID-19 vaccine will be very similar to how you access the annual flu vaccine. This may include getting vaccinated at your local pharmacy, through your primary care provider or through a community vaccination clinic. Once this information is available, it will be posted on the Butte County COVID-19 Vaccine webpage.

If vaccines are coming, do I still have to wear a mask, keep a distance, and avoid gatherings?

Yes. We all need to do our part to stay safe while we wait for vaccines to be widely available, and for a sufficient portion of the population to be vaccinated. Our county, like everyone else, will receive a limited supply to start. More will come over time. It may take many months before everyone in Butte County who wants a vaccine has gotten one. This means we all need to work together to keep our risk of COVID-19 low. We can do that by protecting ourselves and others by wearing face masks, keeping our distance, and not gathering in groups.

California COVID-19 Vaccination Planning

California has developed a COVID-19 Vaccination Scientific Safety Review Workgroup to review FDA –approved vaccines. After the vaccine’s safety has been reviewed and approved by these health experts, the State is planning to distribute and administer vaccines as quickly as possible. California’s distribution of COVID-19 vaccines will be guided by the following overarching principles:
  1. The vaccine meets safety requirements
  2. The vaccine is distributed and administered equitably. People with the highest risk of infection will get the vaccine first.
  3. Community stakeholders (at the State level) are brought in from the outset for transparency
A safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine will be one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. California will be transparent, careful, and above all, equitable in its vaccine distribution. The state will provide a COVID-19 vaccine to everyone in California who needs and requests vaccination as supplies are available. For more information, see

Butte County COVID-19 Vaccination Planning

The health and safety of all Butte County residents remains our top priority. A tool to help us with this priority is the ability to facilitate the distribution a safe and effective COVID vaccine that has been rigorously evaluated by the FDA and the State of California.
  • Click to view our local Butte County COVID-19 Vaccination Plan (coming soon).
  • This is a plan required of counties by the State. 
  • The plan explains how we will join with our local healthcare partners to distribute vaccines allocated to our county by the State.
  • The county’s primary role and responsibility for the COVID vaccine is to facilitate this process in a safe and equitable manner.

Why we need a vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting sick from COVID-19.  However, it has not yet been proven to prevent the transmission of disease. So while you may be vaccinated, and you yourself will not get sick from the Coronavirus, there is still potential you can transmit the virus to other people who have not yet been vaccinated. Studies are currently underway to determine if the vaccine also stops transmission.   Since disease transmission post-vaccination is still being studied, it is just as important to wear a face mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick. 

What you can do now

Continue to help slow the spread of COVID-19:
  • Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose
  • Wash your hands often
  • Stay 6 feet away from other people
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid large gatherings
You should also get a flu vaccine. Flu vaccines save lives and prevent more flu during the COVID-19 pandemic. People need to do everything they can to stay healthy and not overwhelm our health care system this fall and winter. To find where you can get a flu vaccine, visit VaccineFinder.

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202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

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Danette York, M.P.H., Director
Robert Bernstein, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Health Officer
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