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County expands vaccine eligibility to all residents 16 and older

By Ann Peterson

Managing editor

 

(Wednesday, March 31) Contra Costa health officials have opened eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone 16 years and older who lives or works in the county.

The move comes a day before California opens eligibility to those 50 and older and two weeks before they make vaccines available to anyone in the state who is 16 or older. Contra Costa’s faster start in opening up appointments to essentially all eligible residents came this week because the county has received extra vaccine supply from the federal government, on top of its state allotment.

Workers and residents in the county can request appointments online by filling out a form at https://tinyurl.com/1xt2brot or by calling 833-829-2626.

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) still require appointments for all of their vaccination clinics. CCHS said it also plans to debut a new, streamlined online scheduling system this week and increase daily appointment capacity at its vaccination clinics.

The county also is opening a drive-through clinic Thursday in the parking lot of the Six Flags waterpark in Concord. Partnering with Kaiser Permanente, the county will have the ability to vaccinate up to 15,000 people a week at this clinic. Appointments are required.

“CCHS does anticipate a sharp rise in requests when additional eligibility is added, and long delays are likely on the appointment request phone line,” the CCHS news release said. “Anyone who is able to do so is encouraged to use the online request form instead of phoning – it will save you time.”

 

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