COVID vaccine: Santa Clara and Alameda counties change appointment scheduling, eligibility for people aged 16 and over

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SAN JOSE (TBEN SF) – Two different Bay Area counties will make changes on Thursday to how residents 16 and older sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine starting Thursday morning, though each county will takes a different approach.

Starting at midnight on April 8, Santa Clara County is making hundreds of thousands of South Bay residents eligible to register for the vaccine by allowing those 16 and over to schedule immunization appointments.

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However, county officials said people between the ages of 16 and 50 will still need to book their appointments after the eligibility window opens for that age group from April 15.

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The Santa Clara County Health Services COVID-19 website still shows that only those 50 and over are eligible for vaccination according to current state eligibility criteria.

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

The 12 postal codes that expand vaccine eligibility ages are 94601, 94603, 94605, 94606, 94607, 94621, 94541, 94544, 94545, 94577, 94578 and 94580.

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

In fact, getting an appointment as more Bay Area residents become eligible for the COVID vaccine could be a different matter.

According to Mercury News, California will receive about 90% less Johnson & Johnson vaccines next week. The state’s total vaccine allocation for next week is about two million doses, about 367,000 doses lower than this week.

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State health officials have noted that nationally, states are reporting declining vaccine allocations.

The decrease can mainly be attributed to the reduction in Johnson & Johnson vaccine allocations.

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Although there were nearly 575,000 doses of the vaccine delivered this week, next week that number drops to less than 67,000 before dropping again to just around 22,400 injections of J&J the week of April 18.

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