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Riverside County opens vaccination eligibility for ages 16+ Tuesday



RIVERSIDE, California (KABC) – As of Tuesday, residents of Riverside County, ages 16 and over, are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the four county-run clinics.

Riverside County health officials say the change opens up vaccination qualifications for hundreds of thousands more residents. Those who are 16 or 17 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

“The extension of eligibility will allow the last large group of Riverside County adult residents to be vaccinated and bring us one step closer to herd immunity,” Kim Saruwatari, director of Riverside University Health System-Public Health, said in a press release. “Bringing the vaccine to a younger population, where we have seen an increase in the number of cases, is a big step forward.”

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Riverside County may move to the less restrictive orange level as early as this week. The county has been in the red level since March 16, and in the five months prior, it was in the most restrictive purple level.

To make an appointment for one of the Riverside County vaccination clinics, visit rivcoph.org/covid-19-vaccine.

Vaccine Tracking: California by the Numbers

Note: Data are current through the evening of April 4th. Some data sources delay approx. one day.

Los Angeles County

About 3.3 million people or approx. 40% of the population over the age of 16 were at least partially vaccinated per April 3. Approx. 1.8 million people or 22% were fully vaccinated. In total, the county has administered approx. 4.9 million doses. Over the last two weeks, it has administered approx. 1.2 million vaccine doses, an increase of 26% from the approx. 955,000 doses it administered two weeks before.

Orange County
Approx. 1.1 million people, or approx. 43% of the population over the age of 16 were at least partially vaccinated per April 3. Approx. 550,000 people or 22% were fully vaccinated. In total, the county has administered approx. 1.6 million doses. Over the last two weeks, it has administered approx. 393,000 vaccine doses, an increase of 29% from the approx. 304,000 doses it administered two weeks before.

Riverside County
About 646,000 people or approx. 35% of the population over the age of 16 were at least partially vaccinated per April 3. About 357,000 people or 19% were fully vaccinated. In total, the county has administered about 979,000 doses. Over the last two weeks, it has administered approx. 209,000 vaccine doses, an increase of 12% from the approx. 188,000 doses, it administered two weeks before.

San Bernardino County

About 507,000 people or approx. 31% of the population over the age of 16 were at least partially vaccinated per April 3. About 283,000 people or 17% were fully vaccinated. In total, the county has administered approx. 772,000 doses. Over the last two weeks, it has administered approx. 173,000 vaccine doses, an increase of 19% from the approx. 146,000 doses, it administered two weeks before.

Ventura County
Approx. 289,000 people or approx. 43% of the population over the age of 16 were at least partially vaccinated per April 3. About 168,000 people or 25% were fully vaccinated. In total, the county has administered approx. 445,000 doses. Over the last two weeks, it has administered approx. 107,000 vaccine doses, an increase of 32% from the approx. 81,000 doses, it administered two weeks before.

Nationwide and all over the country
In the United States, according to CDC data, about 106.2 million people or approx. 40.3% of the population over 16 at least partially vaccinated per. 4th of April. About 61.4 million people or 23.3% had been fully vaccinated. The same data shows that about 13.3 million people or approx. 42.5% of the population over the age of 16 in California were at least partially vaccinated. About 7 million people or 22.4% were fully vaccinated. This puts California at rank number 18 in terms of the percentage of people over 16 at least partially vaccinated and at rank number 40 in terms of people who are fully vaccinated.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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