California To Vaccinate Residents 65 Or Older Against COVID-19

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A pharmacist administering a COVID-19 vaccine in Santa Rosa, Calif., Wednesday. California Gov. Gavin Newsom aims to get 1 million doses of the vaccines administered before the end of the week.

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Trump Administration Urges States To Open COVID-19 Vaccination To Everyone Over 65

Health care workers and long-term care residents are still the highest priority for receiving the vaccine, the statement said, but the demand for the vaccine is outweighing the supply.

«With our hospitals crowded and ICUs full, we need to focus on vaccinating Californians who are at highest risk of becoming hospitalized to alleviate stress on our health care facilities,» said Dr. Tomás Aragón, Director of the California Department of Public Health and State Public Health Officer. «Prioritizing individuals age 65 and older will reduce hospitalizations and save lives.»

Florida and Georgia are also on the short list of states that have lowered the age to 65. The CDC initially recommended 75 and up.


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