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Community in Butte County reacts to vaccine eligibility expansion

Local community members are reacting after the state announced that everyone 16 and older can start making appointments for the Covid-19 vaccine on April 15th.

Posted: Mar 25, 2021 5:18 PM
Updated: Mar 25, 2021 5:20 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - People in Butte County are reacting to the state's announcement that says everyone over the age of 16 will be eligible to schedule an appointment for the Covid-19 vaccine on April 15th.

Butte County Public Health (BCPH) officials say they support the state's decision to expand vaccine eligibility and they plan to follow suit but it'll all be based on supply.

The announcement comes as a big relief for many people like Serenity Colmenero, who is in her 20's and thought the wait would be longer.

“I think overall I will get it, I think it’s a really good idea to getting us back on track and getting back to normal life,” she said.

"I want everything to get back to normal, so I think me getting it, would help," said Javier Pardo, from Chico.

“As always this is based on receiving enough supply and continuing to get those allocations to meet the demand and vaccinate everyone who is eligible,” said Butte County Public Health communications manager, Lisa Almaguer.

Right now, in Butte County the total number of allocated doses stands at 110, 545.

The total number of shots administered is 78, 754 and the number of people who have completed vaccination, meaning they have received both doses is 30,369.

BCPH says it has also received Johnson & Johnson vaccine allocations from the state but they are small and not enough for community-based clinics.

At this time they will be used for on-site or smaller mobile clinics until the county receives larger allocations.

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