Stanislaus County announced Tuesday that it will expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all county residents age 16 and older effective today (Thursday, April 1).

The state Department of Public Health has announced vaccine eligibility for people 50 and older effective today, with eligibility to be extended to all people 16 and over on April 15.

But the state has also allowed provider discretion to vaccine those living in areas highly impacted by COVID-19, the county indicated Tuesday.

“Stanislaus County is home to some of the most heavily impacted areas in the state, with 23 of our 24 ZIP codes identified in Healthy Places Index quartiles one and two,” said Dr. Julie Vaishampayan, public health officer. “As Stanislaus County does not want to have more restrictive eligibility than the state, we will open up vaccination to all Stanislaus County residents 16 years and older on April 1, 2021.” 

Stanislaus County Public Health has four stationary COVID-19 vaccine clinics, all offering appointments 48 hours before clinics open, and accepting walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis while vaccine supplies last. To make an appointment, please visit MyTurn.ca.gov or call (833) 422-4255. Eligibility on the State’s MyTurn appointment system may not reflect local eligibility for those under age 50, however the county’s clinics will continue to provide no-appointment walk-in vaccinations while supplies last each day. While everyone living in Stanislaus County over the age of 16 will be eligible to get vaccinated beginning April 1, there will not immediately be enough vaccine for everyone to receive it, and Pfizer is still the only vaccine approved for individuals that are 16 and 17 years old. To view details about vaccine clinics and the type of vaccines being administered in Stanislaus County, please visit schsa.org/coronavirus/vaccine/ or call 558-7535.