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SLO County opens COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for all residents 16+

All San Luis Obispo County residents aged 16 and over can now register to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at an SLO County Public Health Vaccination Clinic.

Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein announced at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Public health officials say this opens up vaccine rights for about 54,000 additional SLO County residents.

The county will continue to prioritize those at higher risk for COVID-1

9 complications based on age and health conditions when planning appointments, so based on vaccine supply, health officials say it may take a few weeks for those eligible to to get a deal.

Officials say the public health department currently has sufficient supplies to administer approx. 9,000 first doses next week at one of the three mass vaccination clinics in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande.

Qualified residents under the age of 18 receive only the Pfizer vaccine. It is the only vaccine currently approved by the FDA for use in 16- and 17-year-olds.

Those under the age of 18 must also be accompanied by a parent or guardian to be vaccinated.

To sign up for an appointment, visit recoverslo.org/vaccineregistration or call the county Telephone Assistant Center at (805) 543-2444.

Public health officials say some pharmacies that receive their vaccine award from the federal government instead of the county may not open appointments to this newly eligible group right away.

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