The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as large quantities are available. However, vaccine supply will be very limited at first. Because of this, the state has developed a priority list with three phases.
Phase 1: Includes those at high risk for getting COVID-19 when vaccine supply is limited.
Phase 2: Targets more high-risk groups not included in Phase 1 as more vaccines become available.
Phase 3: Available to everyone when there is a lot of supply. According to the state, summer 2021 is the best estimate at this time for when the general public can get the vaccine. Note: this will depend on vaccine production and how quickly other vaccines become available.
The state says it will provide a COVID-19 vaccine to everyone in California who wants it.
For full details, see the state website on phased rollout and access.