Tulare County residents age 50 or older now eligible to receive COVID vaccine

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Tulare County residents age 50 or older who do not have high-risk health conditions are now considered eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, health officials announced on Thursday.

This came just as California Governor Gavin Newsom announced hours later that soon anyone over the age of 16 in the state will be able to get the shot.

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While the state's expanded eligibility will come into effect in just weeks, Tulare County is getting ahead of the state's plans and has already started offering the shot to those 50 and older.

The group can now get their first vaccine dose along with other eligible groups, including those at high risk of getting COVID-19 and educators and farmworkers.

There are currently five ways eligible groups can schedule an appointment for their first or second doses. The county has set up a mass vaccination site at the International Agri-Center in Tulare. You can make an appointment by clicking here or calling 559-685-2260.

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Residents can also sign up using the state's MyTurn app and have the vaccine administered at smaller vaccine clinics popping up around the Valley.

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Pharmacies such as CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens and some private health care providers can also administer the vaccine.

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