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San Bernardino County Expands Vaccine Eligibility Before Moving to Orange Tier

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San Bernardino made the move to open up COVID-19 vaccinations immediately to people age 16 and older who live and work in the county Tuesday. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson reports on this and other recovery news.

Nine days before the state guidance to do so, Board of Supervisors Chair Curt Hagman said it is time to fully expand vaccine eligibility. The county is currently receiving 60,000 doses of vaccine per week and is expecting that number to continue to increase weekly by 10,000.

“It sounds like we have the capacity. We have the volume coming in," said Hagman. "I’ve always personally been concerned that with our numbers [and] our contact tracing that the younger population, the 20 to 30-year-olds, seem to be the highest spreaders of COVID right now, [and] that they are the last ones on the list to get it.”

Meanwhile, the county qualifies to move to the orange re-opening tier on Wednesday. This allows for bars that don’t serve food to open for outdoor service and for expanded capacity at places like restaurants, museums, gyms and churches.

To learn more about the vaccine and the orange tier visit sbcovid19.com.

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