All Californians 16+ Will Be Eligible For Vaccine April 15

Thursday, March 25, 2021

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All Californians 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as of April 15.

Gov. Gavin Newsom made the announcement on March 25 at an Orange County vaccination site. Californians 50 and older will be able to sign up for a vaccination appointment beginning April 1, he added.

This expanded eligibility comes as the state anticipates a significant increase in COVID-19 vaccine supply. Just last week, Newsom told reporters that all Californians would be eligible for the vaccine in early May.

"The light at the end of the tunnel continues to get brighter," Newsom said in a tweet.

California expects to receive 2.5 million doses in the first half of April and another 3 million doses in the second half of the month.

The state currently receives about 1.8 million vaccine doses per week and can administer 3 million doses per week, but it is working to administer 4 million vaccines per week by April's end, the governor's office said in a news release.

Nearly 16 million vaccines had been administered to Californians as of March 25.

Californians are inching closer to putting the pandemic in their rearview mirror, but should not let their guards down, California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said in a statement. The public should continue to wear masks and observe public health measures, he added.

The Golden State has seen more than 3.5 million COVID-19 cases as of March 25 since the beginning of the pandemic. More than 57,000 Californians have died as a result of the coronavirus.

Learn more about how to sign up for a vaccine and see who is currently eligible here.

Category: COVID-19, Vaccines, California