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Stanislaus County has expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to residents ages 16 and older on Thursday. The increased range of eligible recipients comes as the state expanded its own eligibility guidelines to include residents 50 years and older. The state’s changes also took effect this Thursday. Stanislaus County is among other counties that have further widened its pool of people able to sign up for a vaccine.Below are three things to know about signing up for a dose in Stanislaus County.Underserved communities helped the county get to ages 16 and olderStanislaus County was able to expand eligibility thanks in part to state criteria that focus vaccination efforts in underserved communities. Kamlesh Kaur, a spokeswoman for the county’s public health department said, “In Stanislaus County, 23 out of 24 zip codes falls under the lower two quartiles of HPI index.”Residents have different ways to get a vaccineResidents may either walk in or book an appointment 48 hours ahead of time. Locations can be found here, and appointments may be booked through the Stanislaus website, or through My Turn. Patients who book appointments and do not live in the county will be turned away and their appointments canceled. More than half of the next allocation of doses are already reservedThe county has allocated 14,200 for the first week of expanding eligibility to residents 16 and older. Seventy percent of the doses were set aside for patients who booked appointments.

Stanislaus County has expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to residents ages 16 and older on Thursday.

The increased range of eligible recipients comes as the state expanded its own eligibility guidelines to include residents 50 years and older. The state’s changes also took effect this Thursday.

Stanislaus County is among other counties that have further widened its pool of people able to sign up for a vaccine.

Below are three things to know about signing up for a dose in Stanislaus County.

Underserved communities helped the county get to ages 16 and older

Stanislaus County was able to expand eligibility thanks in part to state criteria that focus vaccination efforts in underserved communities.

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Kamlesh Kaur, a spokeswoman for the county’s public health department said, “In Stanislaus County, 23 out of 24 zip codes falls under the lower two quartiles of HPI index.”

Residents have different ways to get a vaccine

Residents may either walk in or book an appointment 48 hours ahead of time.

Locations can be found here, and appointments may be booked through the Stanislaus website, or through My Turn.

Patients who book appointments and do not live in the county will be turned away and their appointments canceled.

More than half of the next allocation of doses are already reserved

The county has allocated 14,200 for the first week of expanding eligibility to residents 16 and older.

Seventy percent of the doses were set aside for patients who booked appointments.

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