Even with increased vaccine supply, vaccination of willing Californians will take several months
With supply of vaccines expected to significantly increase in the coming weeks, the state is expanding vaccine eligibility to more Californians. Starting April 1, individuals 50 and older will be eligible to make an appointment, and those 16 and older will be eligible to make an appointment to be vaccinated starting on April 15.
“With vaccine supply increasing and by expanding eligibility to more Californians, the light at the end of the tunnel continues to get brighter,” Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement Thursday.
Based on the current estimates, California expects to be allocated approximately 2.5 million first and second doses per week in the first half of April, and more than 3 million doses in the second half of April. California currently receives about 1.8 million doses per week. These estimates may be adjusted as time goes on. The state has the capacity to administer more than 3 million vaccines per week and is building the capacity to administer 4 million vaccines weekly by the end of April.
Even with expanded vaccine supplies, it is expected to take several months for willing Californians to be vaccinated.
“It will take time to vaccinate all eligible Californians. During this time, we must not let our guard down,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. “It is important that we remain vigilant, continue to wear masks and follow public health guidance.”
The state will continue to double the amount of vaccine allocated to the lowest Healthy Places Index (HPI) quartile as announced on March 4.