South Bay health leaders skeptical about Newsom expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

Santa Clara County health officials greeted the announcement that all Californians will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by mid-April with caution and skepticism.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday all residents 50 years and older can get the shot starting April 1.Two weeks later, anyone over age 16 can get a COVID-19 vaccine beginning April 15.

If an eligible individual comes to a vaccine site with a family member, regardless of whether they’re eligible at the time, Newsom said “we will accommodate the family member, no questions asked.” That flexibility becomes effective immediately.

For many, the rapid expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility comes with a sigh of relief — a light at the end of the tunnel, as Newsom called it. But local health officials aren’t as optimistic. They are still struggling to get enough doses to accommodate the waves of new people eligible for the vaccine.

“So what does this mean for us? You know we’ve been talking about the scarcity of vaccine and that continues,” said COVID-19 Testing Officer Dr. Marty Fenstersheib.

There are 400,000 residents between the ages of 50 and 64 who would become eligible for a vaccine on April 1—in exactly one week.

‘We are concerned that next week, when we add that additional 400,000 people, that we might not have (enough) vaccine,” Fenstersheib said. “We are being told from the…

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