SANTA ANA, California. (AP) – California is expanding its immunity to vaccines every 50 years, starting in April, every 16 years, on April 15.
Governor Gavin Newsom said Thursday that California expects to receive 2.5 million doses a week in the first half of April and more than 3 million doses a week in the second half of the month. That’s a big jump from the approximately 1.8 million doses a week that the state currently receives.
“In just a few weeks, there will be no rules, no restrictions, as this applies to the ability to administer vaccines,” Newsom told a news conference in Orange County. “This country is going to return with a roar.”
The move comes after some parts of California deviated from the state’s vaccine eligibility criteria, opening up staff for people with broader medical conditions, those over 65 or older, or people with special needs.
Newsom noted that the state will continue to target vulnerable communities by working with working groups to reach those in need, allowing healthcare providers to be vaccinated by postal code.
States are opening up eligibility as stockpiles of vaccines have increased. Florida announced on Thursday that April 5 will open the eligibility of anyone over the age of 18, while New York has expanded the eligibility of anyone over the age of 50.
The broader jurisdiction also refers to the California patch jurisdiction system, in which some areas go beyond state standards.
In some areas, people over the age of 50 were already allowed to shoot. The San Diego County has expanded the range of health conditions that can include moderate to severe asthma, overweight և type 1 diabetes, according to the county website.
However, in the neighboring Orange County, the state has told public health officials not to add more health conditions to allow more people to film, said Molly Nichelson, a spokeswoman for the county.
San Diego State University’s associate professor of epidemiology Aile Oren said many changes have been made to the vaccine system as supply has increased.
“It is a very rapidly changing landscape,” he said in an interview ahead of the governor’s announcement on Thursday. “It just moves fast, a lot happens.”
Oren said he believes people who are at higher risk for the virus can be prioritized to ensure they can shoot quickly. But more vaccines are also a good thing, he said.
“We are in this race to try to give more people immunity,” he said.