Public Health

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


At this time, the vaccine is BY INVITATION ONLY. Please DO NOT contact Public Health or local hospitals to schedule your vaccine.



Please note: A valid e-mail address is required to register and get notified. If you are not able to register because you don't have an e-mail, you should check this website regularly to learn when your sector is open for vaccination. We will also make announcements through the media outlets and through our partner agencies. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Residents interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccination, may register under one of the following links below. This registration process will allow Public Health to notify individuals when the vaccine is available for the phase and tier in which they are categorized, as defined by the California Department of Public Health.

Please note: This registration process does NOT book a vaccination appointment.

Individuals or groups who think they may have been missed during Phase 1a can notify Public Health and still receive the vaccine.

Register now to be notified about the vaccine (click specific form below):

A valid e-mail address is required to register and get notified. If you do not have internet access or an electronic device please call the Butte County COVID-19 Call Center at 530-552-3050 for assistance in registering.  

Registration/Survey for CHILD CARE Only:

If you have already been invited to receive the vaccine, please do not respond to this survey. 

First 5 Butte County is working collaboratively with Butte County Public Health to support vaccine distribution to Butte County childcare and preschool providers. Vaccines will soon be available to all professional providers who are currently providing in-person care to children. This includes home and center based, licensed and unlicensed, afterschool and extended learning at school sites and community sites and respite care.

FDA Approves Emergency Use of Pfizer and Moderna 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.

Learn more about the FDA’s EUA process for the Pfizer vaccine

Learn more about the FDA's EUA process for the Moderna vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheets

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, Tiers 1, 2 and 3 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:

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.

At this time, the vaccine is BY INVITATION ONLY. Please DO NOT contact Public Health or local hospitals to schedule your vaccine.

Frequently asked questions (click to view expanded FAQs)

When will a vaccine be available?

The California Department of Public Health has issued the first allocation of vaccines for Butte County. This is our first allocation for the beginning of Phase 1 - additional allocations will be made for Phase 1 and as we move through Phases 2, 3 and 4 of distribution. Initially, supply will be limited and prioritized for frontline healthcare workers most at risk for exposure to COVID. These first doses will be direct shipped to acute care hospitals and long term care facilities. 

  • As supply increases and the vaccine is available to more groups of people, we will update this information here.
  • It is estimated that the vaccine will be available for the general public by June or July of 2021.

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.

What will it cost to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost, but they are only available to eligible individuals.

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.

  • We are making progress in the planning around vaccine distribution in our County and are working with the State to complete our local ‘Butte County COVID-19 Vaccination Plan.’
  • This is a plan required of counties by the State. Once our plan is complete, we will make it available to the public.
  • 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

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will be one of the best ways to protect yourself and everyone around you. If you are protected from getting COVID-19, you cannot pass the disease to others.

Because the supply of vaccine will be limited at first, doing other things to help stop the spread will be just as important as it is now. This means still wearing a facemask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, washing your hands a lot, and staying 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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Oroville, CA 95965

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202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

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24-Hour Line: 530.552.4000

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