Alameda County expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for residents 16 years of age, older

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The city of Berkeley announced Friday that all residents above the age of 16 in Alameda County may make appointments to receive the vaccine. Photo by x3 / 12 images under Pixabay

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Amid efforts across the United States to increase the availability of vaccines, the city of Berkeley announced Friday that all residents above the age of 16 in Alameda County may make appointments to receive the vaccine.

In addition to expanding eligibility based on age, the city previously said people working in certain sectors with a higher risk of exposure may also receive the vaccine. This includes those working in education and childcare, food and agriculture and emergency services, or as janitors and public transit workers, according to a city press release.

The press release added that the vaccines will be administered by Curative, Inc. staff at the 1 Buchanan St. mass vaccination site.

People younger than 18 years can only receive the Pfizer vaccine, according to the press release, and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Both parents and children will need to bring identification to the site.

The press release also noted that those who work in high-risk sectors in the county but are not residents will need to bring documentation of their employment, including an employee ID badge, recent pay stub or letter from their employer.

Vaccinations are also available to those eligible under guidelines from the California Department of Public Health at the Oakland Coliseum vaccination site, and appointments can be scheduled at myturn.ca.gov. CVS, Rite-Aid, Safeway and Walgreens pharmacies also offer appointments to eligible individuals.

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Aditya Katewa is a deputy news editor. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at @adkatewa1.