Humboldt County Public Health Department to roll out vaccine interest form

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM) — The Humboldt County Public Health Department is taking steps to make sure everyone who is eligible to receive a vaccine gets one.

Initially, surveys were sent out to health care workers, law enforcement, first responders, and teachers. Now, Public Health is releasing an interest form for people who want to be notified when their priority group is eligible to receive a vaccine and to get an appointment scheduled.

Some counties in the state have launched vaccine registries to allow people to sign up in one place. Humboldt County is working on something similar on a smaller scale. The state is also getting involved.

“It is a big logistical challenge to get these things going. I’ll just note as well the state is working on a state-based platform for this exact kind of thing and we are definitely anticipating that we’ll be ready in the coming future. I think that will solve some of these concerns when people can go to that state-based platform and sign up,” according to County Health Officer Dr. Ian Hoffman.

Public Health says the vaccine interest form should be rolled out on their website Monday afternoon. The state currently has a vaccine registry in its pilot phase. It’s called MyTurn, but is only available to LA County residents at the moment. It’s expected to be more widely available in the coming weeks.