COVID Vaccine: Santa Clara and Alameda Counties Change Appointment Scheduling, Eligibility For Those Age 16 and Over

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Two different Bay Area counties will be making changes on Thursday to how residents 16 and over will sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine starting Thursday morning, though each county is taking a different approach.

Starting at midnight on April 8, Santa Clara County is making hundreds of thousands of South Bay residents eligible to sign up to get vaccinated by allowing those age 16 and up to schedule vaccine appointments.

However, county officials said people age 16 to 50 will still have to book their appointments for after the eligibility window opens for that age group starting on April 15.

The Santa Clara County Health Departments COVID-19 website still shows that only those age 50 and older are eligible for the vaccination in accordance with current state eligibility criteria.

Meanwhile, Alameda County on Thursday will actually start administering COVID vaccines to people 16 and older in specific areas of Oakland, Hayward, San Leandro and San Lorenzo that have been hardest hit by the pandemic.

The 12 zip codes that are expanding the ages for vaccine eligibility are 94601, 94603, 94605, 94606, 94607, 94621, 94541, 94544, 94545, 94577, 94578 and 94580.

More information on signing up for a COVID vaccine in Alameda County is available on the county health department website.

Actually getting an appointment as more and more Bay Area residents become eligible for the COVID vaccine could be another matter.

According to the Mercury News, California will receive about 90 percent fewer Johnson & Johnson vaccines next week. The state’s total vaccine allotment for next week is about two million doses, approximately 367,000 fewer doses than this week.

State health officials noted that nationwide, states are reporting a drop in vaccine allocations.

The drop can be mainly attributed to reduced allocations of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

While there were nearly 575,000 vaccine doses provided this week, next week than number drops to under 67,000 before dropping further still to only about 22,400 J&J shots the week of April 18.

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