All Californians 50 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines starting today.
Staring April 15, all Californians 16 and older will be eligible to be vaccinated. The state warns individuals may have to wait for an appointment even with expanded vaccine supplies and eligibility.
Contra Costa opened its vaccine eligibility to any person 50 and older and lives or works in the county on March 22nd. San Francisco began vaccinating individuals 16 to 64 with disabilities or other health conditions putting them at high risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19 on March 15.
“Getting vaccinated is a vital step we can take to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community, and brings us that much closer to ending this pandemic,” said Governor Newsom. “I am proud to receive the vaccine today as we open eligibility to more Californians while keeping our focus on making sure those in our hardest-hit communities are able to easily access this life-saving vaccine. While supplies are currently limited, our statewide network of providers is ready to meet the growing demand and we look forward to vaccine allocations dramatically increasing in the months ahead.”
Starting today, those 50 and older are eligible to receive their #COVID19 vaccine in CA!
I’ll be getting Johnson & Johnson today.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) April 1, 2021
2.4 million doses are expected to be allocated to the state next week and and more than 3 million doses are expected per week by mid-April. The federal government may change allocations. According to a press release from the office of the governor, “About 7.2 million Californians are 50-64 years old, with a total of 2.8 million people in this group having received at least one dose. Of these, 1.2 million people are fully vaccinated.”
“It will take time to vaccinate all who are eligible, and as we do we must continue to wear face coverings, limit extended exposure to others indoors, and follow all of the best known practices to stop the spread of COVID-19. We also continue to encourage Californians to take the first available vaccine. The best vaccine is the one you can get quickly.” Said Director of the California Department of Public Health and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón.