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California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that all residents age 16 and up will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning April 15, and all those age 50 and older will be eligible to receive it beginning April 1.
KCAL 9's Jasmine Viel is in Pasadena, where that city is already vaccinating people in a new age group. We were getting a little nervous, like oh, when's our turn, when's our turn?
JASMINE VIEL: For Michelle and Lewis Lembo, their turn came today at Pasadena City College. They got their first dose of the Moderna vaccine after Pasadena's health department opened up eligibility for anyone 50 and older this week.
MICHELLE LEMBO: We're 50 to 64, in that age group.
JASMINE VIEL: Pasadena is implementing the change early, a week before Governor Gavin Newsom says the state will open up eligibility. He made the announcement Thursday at a vaccination site in Santa Ana.
GAVIN NEWSOM: On April 1st, in the state of California, anyone 50 and over will be able to get a vaccine. On April 15, everybody in the state of California 16 and over.
JASMINE VIEL: Newsom says state officials were given assurances the supply will increase enough to meet the expected surge in vaccinations, while continuing to focus on equitable distribution.
GAVIN NEWSOM: We have confidence now in the manufactured supply becoming available sooner than we had anticipated.
JASMINE VIEL: So this vaccination site here at Pasadena City College is open and operating once a week. They plan to vaccinate over 1,000 people here today and in the coming weeks. To meet the demand, they will expand their community clinics in the city.
ADRIENNE KIM: We are so excited that more individuals will have the opportunity to get vaccines. Currently we're still waiting on vaccine supply to increase.
JASMINE VIEL: Also, the state is immediately allowing health officials in the hardest-hit communities to have the freedom to give vaccines to anyone who comes into a clinic with any family member who qualifies for a shot.
MARK GHALY: Our objective today is to make announcements that show that we're taking down barriers.
LEWIS LEMBO: Oh yeah, we know a lot of people that are just waiting for their turn. And so it's great to hear what the governor's got planned.
JASMINE VIEL: By the end of next month, the governor says they hope to be able to administer 4 million doses a week. In Pasadena, Jasmine Viel, KCAL 9 News.