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California’s Next Vaccine Eligibility Expansion

According to current estimates, state officials expect that California will be able to get 2.5 million doses per week in the first part of April — a number that will ramp up to more than 3 million by the second half. Currently, the state gets about 1.8 million doses per week. So far, some 15.7 million vaccine doses have been administered in California

March 26, 2021 / 10:54 PM IST
COVID-19 vaccination. | Representative Image

COVID-19 vaccination. | Representative Image

Well, the moment many of us have been waiting for has arrived: Californians 50 and older will be eligible to be vaccinated starting April 1, and residents older than 16 will be eligible starting April 15, state officials announced Thursday, in an effort to reflect the increasing supply of doses from the federal government.

“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,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement.

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Newsom said in a news conference that the state, effective immediately, would also allow health care providers to use their discretion to vaccinate family members of those who are eligible to be inoculated.