Juliet Bennett Rylah

Journalist, copywriter, editor, and creative fiction writer based in Los Angeles.

Mar 25, 2021
Published on: welikela.com
1 min read
Robert Irvin, 65, receives the Covid-19 Vaccine at Downey Mega Pod, February 1, 2021. (Photo by County of Los Angeles)

Today, state officials announced that all Californians 16 or older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine on April 15. Residents who are 50 or older become eligible on April 1.

Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted the news earlier today, saying “the light at the end of the tunnel continues to get brighter.”

NEW: CA is expanding eligibility for the #COVID19 vaccine.Beginning April 1, Californians 50+ will be able to sign up for an appointment.Beginning April 15, eligibility will be expanded to everyone 16 and older.The light at the end of the tunnel continues to get brighter.

— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 25, 2021

State officials say the vaccine supply is expected to “significantly increase” in the coming weeks, with current estimates indicating 2.5 million first and second doses per week in the first half of April, and over 3 million doses per week in the second half. By the end of April, the state expects to have the capacity to give out 4 million doses each week. Right now, California receives about 1.8 million doses weekly and can administer about 3 million doses per week.

That said, officials still believe it will take “several months” to vaccinate everyone in the state who wants a vaccine.

“We are even closer to putting this pandemic behind us with today’s announcement and with vaccine supplies expected to increase dramatically in the months ahead,” California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said via a statement. “However, we are not there yet. It will take time to vaccinate all eligible Californians. During this time, we must not let our guard down. It is important that we remain vigilant, continue to wear masks and follow public health guidance.”

As a reminder, L.A. County residents can sign up for vaccination appointments here. Residents with disabilities or who don’t have a computer can call (833) 540-0473 daily between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.