The County begins to extend eligibility to other populations at risk.
San Diego County residents who are 75 and older can now schedule appointments to get the Covid vaccine. The County announced on Monday that eligibility was extended to include seniors 75 and older, after appointments for healthcare workers began to slow at County vaccination centers.
This comes after an announcement from Governor Newsom just last week, indicating the addition of those 65 and older to the statewide priority group. Due to limited supply of vaccines currently available, San Diego County officials are beginning with seniors aged 75 and up, and will open up appointments to those 65 and older later this month for County vaccination sites. Those in the 65-and-up age group may be able to get vaccinated, however, if doses are available at their individual health care providers.
“We took this action today to add individuals 75 years of age and older because they are at the greatest risk,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “It remains our intention to expand vaccines to those 65 and older the week of January 25, contingent of vaccine availability.”
Eligibility for the County vaccine now includes healthcare workers in all tiers of Phase 1A as well as those aged 75 and older. Those who want to get the vaccine must make an appointment – no drive-ups or walk-ups are allowed. Eligible residents can make an appointment at any of the County vaccination sites, including the Petco Park Vaccination Super Station. Healthcare workers are encouraged to first contact their doctor or healthcare providers to request the vaccine before making an appointment at a County site.
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