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February 26, 2021

Monterey County expands Covid-19 vaccine eligibility to more residents beginning this week

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Health Department has announced plans to expand the eligibility for Covid-19 vaccinations to more individuals this week.

As vaccine supply allows, county residents age 65 to 74 who work in the industry sectors of food and agriculture, education and childcare and emergency services, as well as those age 65 to 74 who live in ZIP codes with the greatest need, will be eligible to schedule appointments to get vaccinated beginning Wednesday, Feb. 17.

“Monterey County continues to implement the State Covid-19 Vaccine Plan,” said Dr. Edward Moreno, Monterey County Health Officer. “This change allows for the Covid-19 vaccine to be offered to those at most risk for severe illness and death while balancing the need to protect those who are essential workers. It is important to note that even as Monterey County opens up eligibility, vaccine supply is still limited.”

Monterey County residents who are 65 to 74 years old and live in the following ZIP codes will be eligible to be vaccinated:

  • North County: 95012, 95039, 95076
  • Peninsula and Big Sur: 93933, 93955
  • Salinas: 93901, 93905, 93906
  • South County: 93926 (Gonzales), 93927 (Greenfield), 93930 (King City), 93960 (Soledad)

The ZIP codes are based on the Healthy Places Index lowest quartile in Monterey County and are used as an equity measure by California that affects the county’s ability to move to a less-restrictive tier to open more businesses and activities, as outlined in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Residents who are 75 and older can continue to make appointments for the Covid-19 vaccine. Some vaccine clinics are posted at mcvaccinate.com and are scheduled as vaccine is available.

“Further expansion of vaccine eligibility to the remainder of Phase 1b is dependent on the availability of vaccine,” the county said.

Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.

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