Contra Costa County opens vaccine eligibility to anyone 50 and older

Patients in age groups older than 65 account for 84 percent of COVID-related deaths in San Mateo County, 92 percent in Marin, 90 percent in Santa Cruz, 81 percent in Santa Clara and 82 percent in Contra Costa, according to health officers.
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Contra Costa County residents ages 50 and older, regardless of whether they have an underlying health condition, are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine due to an increase in vaccine supply, County officials announced today.

Contra Costa has begun receiving additional vaccine from the federal government in addition to the vaccine the County gets from the state each week. Only a week ago, the County had expanded eligibility to ages 16-64 and older with qualifying underyling health conditions.

To date, more than 336,000 county residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, including 96 percent of those age 75 and older.

“We look forward to the coming months when we can do away with vaccine eligibility, when anyone and everyone is eligible,” said Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Chair Diane Burgis. “More and more doses of vaccine are coming into the county each week and we expect that trend to continue.”

Eligible residents may request a vaccine appointment through the county by filling out an online form or by calling 833-829-2626.