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More than half of residents age 65-plus vaccinated in Santa Cruz County – KSBW Monterey

More than half of residents age 65-plus vaccinated in Santa Cruz County

The county looks to expand access to more groups

Santa Cruz County announced on Monday that they would expand access to the COVID-19 vaccination after they hit a major vaccination milestone. More than half of the county’s residents aged 65 or older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, the county health department reported. On Tuesday, Feb. 16, it was announced that nearly 20% of the county residents had received their first vaccine shot. Santa Cruz County is ranked seventh for per capita vaccinations among California’s 61 health jurisdictions and second among large counties.Related | COVID-19 vaccines in California: Everything you need to knowOn Feb. 22, county officials announced that they would expand access to the vaccine to people who work in education and childcare, emergency services and food and agriculture industries. Eligibility will be based on occupation definitions from the California Department of Public Health. “It has taken a truly collaborative effort across the community to reach this point,” Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency Director Mimi Hall said. “We are steadily increasing our vaccine infrastructure to enable wider access. While we are proud and pleased with efforts so far, they are limited by both vaccine supply and changing vaccine distribution plans from the State of California. I ask for the public’s continued support and understanding.”The county’s website at www.santacruzhealth.org/coronavirusvaccine contains the latest updates for the county.

Santa Cruz County announced on Monday that they would expand access to the COVID-19 vaccination after they hit a major vaccination milestone.

More than half of the county’s residents aged 65 or older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, the county health department reported. On Tuesday, Feb. 16, it was announced that nearly 20% of the county residents had received their first vaccine shot.

Santa Cruz County is ranked seventh for per capita vaccinations among California’s 61 health jurisdictions and second among large counties.

Related | COVID-19 vaccines in California: Everything you need to know

On Feb. 22, county officials announced that they would expand access to the vaccine to people who work in education and childcare, emergency services and food and agriculture industries. Eligibility will be based on occupation definitions from the California Department of Public Health.

“It has taken a truly collaborative effort across the community to reach this point,” Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency Director Mimi Hall said. “We are steadily increasing our vaccine infrastructure to enable wider access. While we are proud and pleased with efforts so far, they are limited by both vaccine supply and changing vaccine distribution plans from the State of California. I ask for the public’s continued support and understanding.”

The county’s website at www.santacruzhealth.org/coronavirusvaccine contains the latest updates for the county.

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