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SAN DIEGO — County leaders say San Diegans 65 years and older can now sign up for appointments to get the coronavirus vaccine at county vaccination sites.

San Diego County began offering vaccinations to people 75 and up on Monday. Health leaders expanded the eligible group to include people 65 and older on Saturday.

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County-hosted COVID-19 vaccination events are now open to healthcare workers, all tiers of Phase 1A and people 65 and older. If you’re eligible, first contact your doctor or medical provider. If you can’t get a COVID-19 vaccine from your doctor, you can sign up for a vaccine at a county site.

The state of California authorized immediate access to COVID-19 vaccines for all residents 65 and older on Jan. 13 following new guidance from the federal government. Local officials said they couldn’t provide vaccinations for the entire age group at the time because of limited vaccine supply. They expected to start vaccinating 65 and up by the end of January.

The county told healthcare providers to start vaccinating 65 and older if doses were available. UCSD Health and Scripps Health were already administering vaccines by appointment last week.

“With a number of healthcare providers now vaccinating in the age group, and the UC San Diego Health Super Station having a surplus of appointments, the decision was made this afternoon,” Dr. Wilma J. Wooten, county public health officer, said. 

Public health officials reported 2,980 new COVID-19 cases and 43 additional deaths Saturday. The county’s cumulative case total increased to 225,558 and the death toll is now at 2,344.