LOS ANGELES (KRON) — Gov. Gavin Newsom was vaccinated by Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s top health official, Thursday morning in Los Angeles as the state expanded eligibility to include Californians ages 50 and over.
The governor received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Capitol Correspondent Ashley Zavala reported.
Earlier this month, Newsom, 53, announced the major expansion in eligibility for residents ages 50 and up, with all residents ages 16 and older able to schedule appointments starting April 15.
“Getting vaccinated is a vital step we can take to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community, and brings us that much closer to ending this pandemic,” Newsom said in a statement Thursday.
“I am proud to receive the vaccine today as we open eligibility to more Californians while keeping our focus on making sure those in our hardest-hit communities are able to easily access this life-saving vaccine. While supplies are currently limited, our statewide network of providers is ready to meet the growing demand and we look forward to vaccine allocations dramatically increasing in the months ahead.”
California expects to receive about 2.5 million doses per week in the first half of April, then more than 3 million doses per week in the second half of the month, according to state leaders.
“With vaccine supply increasing and by expanding eligibility to more Californians, the light at the end of the tunnel continues to get brighter,” Newsom said in a March statement announcing the expanded eligibility. “We remain focused on equity as we extend vaccine eligibility.”
More information on scheduling vaccination appointments in San Diego County is available here.