22 million vaccine doses have been administered in California, and that number is still climbing.
CA Governor Gavin Newsom announced at the end of March that COVID-19 vaccine eligibility would expand for people over 50 starting April 1, and people over 16 starting April 15. The day has finally come for the entire adult population of California to start making appointments!
The news comes after weeks of speculation and uncertainty about whether the 50-64 age group would be eligible earlier, or otherwise forced to compete for appointments with the rest of the adult population. Californians over 65 and healthcare workers have been eligible since January, and restaurant workers, teachers, and emergency workers since February 24.
CA has distributed 16 million vaccines.
And now, we’re opening up eligibility.
Starting April 1st: those 50 and older will be eligible to get a vaccine.
Starting April 15th: those 16 and older can get a vaccine. pic.twitter.com/Ilq7o9H3sw
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 25, 2021
California’s official website to check vaccine eligibility, make appointments, and sign up for notifications is MyTurn.ca.gov, which is available in 12 different languages. You can also get notifications in the Bay Area Vaccine Notification group on Telegram, which is organized by community members. Covid-19 vaccines are free to people who live and work in San Francisco, and you do not need insurance.
#California beginning April 15, #COVID19 vaccine eligibility expands. #VaccinesWork #EndThePandemic pic.twitter.com/zd1VeOSLCr
— California DDS (@CaliforniaDDS) April 11, 2021
“With vaccine eligibility increasing and expanding availability to more Californians, the light at the end of the tunnel continues to get brighter,” said Newsom during his March press conference. “This is possible thanks to the leadership of the Biden-Harris Administration and the countless public health officials across the state who have stepped up to get shots into arms.”
Almost 23 million doses have been administered in California, which comes to about 37.7% of the state’s population.
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