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San Luis Obispo County Public Health expands vaccine eligibility to 16 and older

San Luis Obispo County Public Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein speaks at the COVID-19 briefing April 7.

San Luis Obispo County Public Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein announced April 7 that people who are 16 and older can now register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

Borenstein said 54,000 more people are now eligible to sign up for a vaccine appointment.

“Now, please note that doesn’t mean that everyone who does register will be able to get an appointment in the next days or even week," Borenstein said. "It may take us a couple more weeks.”

Borenstein said the county is prioritizing those most as risk.

“We will continue to prioritize on the basis of age and medical condition,” Borenstein said. “Anyone who newly registers of an older age -- or who has medical conditions of concern, or a disability -- will get first preference for having their appointments made.”

Borenstein said the number of cases in the county is not decreasing, which means San Luis Obispo County is not ready to move to the less restrictive COVID-19 orange tier.

“I ask of our community to work together and collaboratively to meet the metrics that are necessary for us to move forward,” Borenstein said.

Borenstein said the community can help San Luis Obispo County move closer towards reopening.

“We still have a long ways to go,” Borenstein said. “We still need to wear our masks. We still need to take all the protective measures that will get us to even lower case rates and higher ability to open.”

For more information on COVID-19 and to sign up for vaccinations, visit the SLO County Public Health website.

Lauren Walike joined KCBX as its news manager in February 2021. In addition to her KCBX work, Lauren also serves as news director for KCPR-FM, Cal Poly’s student-run radio station, and digital director of Mustang Media Group, Cal Poly’s student-run news organization. She will graduate from Cal Poly’s Honors Program in June 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in journalism with minors in Integrated Marketing Communications and Media Arts, Society and Technology.
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