State hopes to develop vaccine eligibility by finish of April

State hopes to expand vaccine eligibility by end of April

REDDING, Calif. – Gov. Gavin Newsom is hoping to get people over the age of 16-years-old vaccinated by the end of April.

But for Shasta County, it will all depend on what the vaccine supply will look like by the end of next month.

“If we continue to get good supply and we continue to get folks in for the appointments that we have, then we certainly are hopeful that by the end of April, that would be possible to open it up to other groups,” said Kerri Schuette, the public health information officer for the Shasta Health & Human Services Agency. “We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Shasta County Public Health said the more clinics there are the faster they will be able to get through the groups they are currently vaccinating.

Public Health said partnering with places like Safeway, Rite Aid, and Dignity Health helps the county move through its vaccination phases faster.

“That’s going to help us get more quickly through the populations we’re serving right now,” said Schuette. “Once we get through all of those groups, then we’ll be able to get through a more widespread population.”

For Kylie Pewitt, being able to get vaccinated means being able to get back to that sense of normalcy. Pewitt said she is waiting for her turn to get the vaccine.

“I’ve just been waiting for when I’m able to,” said Pewitt. “I’ve just been waiting for the go-ahead to get it.”

Pewitt said even though she would like to get the shot as quickly as possible, it’s important to her to see the more vulnerable people get it first.

“I’m definitely anxious to get it and looking forward to getting it,” Pewitt explained. “But I just wanted to make sure those most at risk get it first.”

Pewitt said she’s looking forward to getting her shot as the past year has been tough, but there is one thing she’s looking forward to.

“I used to go on little getaway trips and drive to the coast or just do random little trips like that,” said Pewitt. “Whereas I’ve definitely not done that in a year plus. I’m looking forward to doing stuff like that.”

Action News Now reached out to the California Department of Public Health for a timeline of when people over the age of 16-years-old without underlying health conditions could get vaccinated, but the department said it could not further elaborate on the governor’s comments.

Last week, people between the ages of 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions became eligible to get the vaccine.