Contra Costa County Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

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Contra Costa opened its vaccine eligibility to any person 50 and older and lives or works in the county.

Last week, Contra Costa expanded eligibility to people 16-64 and older with qualifying health conditions. Today’s announcement removes any health-related qualifiers for those between the ages of 50-64.

The county said, “The move comes as the county has begun receiving additional vaccine from the federal government for its federally-qualified health centers. This federal allocation is in addition to the vaccine the county gets from the state each week.”

“We look forward to the coming months when we can do away with vaccine eligibility, when anyone and everyone is eligible,” said Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Chair Diane Burgis. “More and more doses of vaccine are coming into the county each week and we expect that trend to continue.”

“COVID does not affect everyone the same,” said Dr. Chris Farnitano, the County’s health officer. “Older people are more likely to suffer severe disease. Nearly all of the COVID deaths in Contra Costa have been among people over the age of 50. We are making good progress vaccinating those in the groups already eligible and will now continue to prioritize more of the most vulnerable groups in our community.”

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