California expands who can get COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccination is one of the most important tools to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. California announced that it will distribute safe and effective vaccines to even more individuals in the state. Starting April 1, 2021, people in California aged 50 or older can make an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine on the website.

Starting April 15, 2021, people 16 or older in California can make appointments to be vaccinated. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the three available COVID-19 vaccines – Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson – are all safe and effective to prevent COVID-19.

Who gets priority?

Before the vaccine becomes available to everyone over age 16 in California, the state continues to vaccinate groups with the highest rates of COVID-19 infections. Vaccinations are also prioritized by risk and age. For example, the following groups have priority:

  • Healthcare workers and long-term care residents (Phase 1A)
  • People with a high chance of exposure and those 65 or older (Phase 1B)
  • People age 16 or older at higher risk (due to medical conditions, disabilities, illness, work environment, etc.)


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