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July 28, 2021

Vaccine eligibility to expand starting April 1

All California adults age 50 and older will be eligible for a vaccine starting April 1, and everyone age 16 and older will be eligible starting April 15, the state announced today. 

The shift in eligibility comes as the state expects the supply of vaccines to significantly increase in coming weeks. Earlier this month, President Joe Biden said all U.S. adults should be made eligible for a vaccine no later than May 1

“With vaccine supply increasing and by expanding eligibility to more Californians, the light at the end of the tunnel continues to get brighter,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a press release. “We remain focused on equity as we extend vaccine eligibility to those 50 and over starting April 1, and those 16 and older starting April 15. 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.”

Watch Newsom’s full press conference from earlier today here

So far, there have been 15,979,099 vaccine doses administered statewide. To learn more about when you can be vaccinated, register for a notification when you become eligible at myturn.ca.gov or contact your health care provider. 

In Santa Cruz County, 200 people have died from Covid-19. There have been 15,258 known Covid-19 cases in Santa Cruz County, of which 202 are known active cases, according to information last updated Wednesday evening by county health officials

Statewide as of Wednesday, there have been 3,553,307 Covid-19 cases and 57,091 deaths, according to the California Department of Public Health

Santa Cruz County is in the red tier of the state’s reopening plan. Find out what’s open and closed here: covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy.

For local information on Covid-19, visit santacruzhealth.org/coronavirus, call 211 or text “COVID19” to 211211. Residents may also call 831-454-4242 between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday.