As of April 15, vaccine eligibility will extend to every resident of California over the age of 16, officials confirmed today. All residents over age 50 will become eligible on April 1.
“With vaccine supply increasing and by expanding eligibility to more Californians, the light at the end of the tunnel continues to get brighter,” Governor Gavin Newsom said, announcing the plan from an Orange County vaccine site. “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.”
Doing away with the priority tier system is possible in part due to a ramping up of supply. California expects to receive 2.5 million doses per week through mid-April, and at least 3 million per week starting in the second half of the month.
Already, an estimated 15 to 25 percent of California adults are already fully vaccinated, and around an additional 10 to 15 percent have received at least their first dose.