What is VEBA?
California Schools VEBA (VEBA), a non-profit health care trust, is committed to ensuring all education members have access to equitable and high quality care. As part of this mission, VEBA has volunteered to coordinate the aggregation and validation of K-12 and community college education employees in San Diego County to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Why are VEBA and San Diego County Office of Education involved in vaccinating school employees?
Because of the large number of people in Phase 1B, the County of San Diego asked SDCOE and VEBA to assist in vaccination appointment scheduling.
SDCOE’s role is to work with schools to notify them of eligibility based on criteria set by the County of San Diego. VEBA will serve in a volunteer capacity to maintain the eligibility portal and coordinate the appointment process for eligible employees.
Are charter and private school employees eligible to be vaccinated through VEBA? What if my school or district is not a member of VEBA?
All employees of TK-12 district, charter, and private schools are eligible to participate in the VEBA vaccination events, regardless of their insurance status. There is no cost for participating in a VEBA vaccination event and no insurance information will be collected.
With the opening of Phase 1B – Tier 1, community college employees are eligible to participate in the County vaccination sites. Following the TK-12 vaccination rollout, any remaining eligible community college employees will be able to enroll in a VEBA vaccination event.
What’s the HPI? Who selected it as the basis of prioritization?
Following direction from the County of San Diego, SDCOE based prioritization on the Healthy Places Index (HPI), a report on the health of each census tract in California, where the lowest quartile (4) equates to a tract with the lowest combination of health, education, and financial conditions. The highest quartile is 1. SDCOE calculated the HPI quartile (1-4) for each school by converting the school’s street address to a census tract using U.S. Census geocoding. If an HPI value couldn’t be found for a particular tract, the closest adjacent tract was used.
Why is school location a factor when determining vaccines for education workers?
Directing vaccination resources in this manner addresses COVID-19 health inequities and supports the schools in those communities, which have had transmission rates well above the county average and tend to serve students who are low-income, Black, Latino, Pacific Islander, or the children of essential workers.
Why are in-person education employees not being prioritized?
In prioritizing, SDCOE is following criteria directed by the County of San Diego intended to address health equity in the face of limited vaccine supply. We are monitoring the situation and working closely with the County of San Diego and will adjust priorities as possible. In an effort to vaccinate school employees as quickly as possible, the County has committed to allocating 20% of available vaccine to education, which is twice the state requirement of Phase 1B – Tier 1.
Where will vaccination appointments be available?
As of February 25, 2021, VEBA will be working with UC San Diego Health and Sharp HealthCare to offer appointments. Starting March 8, 2021, appointments at the CSU San Marcos Super Station will be available. Click here to find a location near you.
How do I know if I’m eligible to make an appointment? How will I make an appointment?
Leaders of schools in qualifying neighborhoods will receive an email from SDCOE with details on how to submit information on eligible employees to VEBA.
Once VEBA receives submissions from qualifying schools, employees will receive a notification from VEBA Vaccinates with a link to access a secure VEBA portal where they can schedule their appointment. If you believe you are eligible and have not received an email, please check your spam folder.
When will the next group of eligible employees be able to get vaccinated? What is the time frame for subsequent rounds?
The timing of vaccinations for school employees in first, second, and third quartiles will depend on vaccine supply and the number of employees in each quartile. SDCOE will notify leaders in qualifying schools when employees become eligible to make appointments.
What if an education employee already made an appointment for vaccination at a County of San Diego vaccination site?
Employees of K-12 schools should not make appointments through the county’s reservation portals. Appointments will not be honored for K-12 employees who use the wrong reservation system.
Does the vaccination cost anything?
No, the COVID-19 vaccination is free and you will not be billed through your insurance.
Which vaccine will I receive?
Three COVID-19 vaccines — from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) — are available for adults in the U.S. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are given in two doses, approximately 21 days apart for the Pfizer vaccine and approximately 28 days apart for the Moderna vaccine. The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine is given in one dose. All three vaccines are extremely effective at preventing severe illness for COVID-19 within a few weeks of receiving the complete dosage, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
At your appointment, you may receive any of the three vaccines, depending on supply. It may not be possible to choose the vaccine you will receive and we encourage you to schedule the first available appointment to receive a vaccine.
Do I have to schedule through my provider?
No, we encourage you to schedule the first appointment available through the VEBA Vaccinates portal, regardless of provider.
How do I schedule my second appointment?
SCHEDULING YOUR SECOND APPOINTMENT THROUGH UC SAN DIEGO HEALTH
If you received your first vaccine through UC San Diego Health, you will automatically be scheduled for your second dose at your first appointment. If you need to change appointment dates, please modify instead of cancelling. Appointments can be modified using the link in your appointment confirmation. If you are having trouble scheduling your second appointment, please call 619-543-5220 or go to the RIMAC front desk after your first dose.
SCHEDULING YOUR SECOND APPOINTMENT THROUGH SHARP HEALTHCARE
If you received your first vaccine through Sharp HealthCare, you will receive an email from Sharp a few days before the date of your second dose, which is 21 days for Pfizer and 28 days for Moderna. This email will include a link to schedule your second appointment. If you have not received your email, be sure to check your spam folder. If you haven’t received your email three days prior to your second dose due date of if you need help rescheduling your appointment please email email@example.com or call 1-800-827-4277.
What other resources are available to me through VEBA?
California Schools VEBA is dedicated to supporting the health and safety of our community. We provide a variety of FREE services to support San Diego Education employees and we invite you to explore visit The Virtual VEBA Resource Center to access recipes, free classes like yoga, cardio, finance and much more!