COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Expands Statewide in April

Vaccinations opening for all Californians aged 50 and up April 1st, and 16 and up April 15th.

California is allocating COVID-19 vaccines as they become available to ensure equitable distribution. Vaccinations are prioritized according to risk and age.

Group Date

Healthcare workers and long-term care residents (Phase 1A)

Now vaccinating

People with a high chance of exposure and those 65 or older (Phase 1B)

Sector populations with high chance of exposure:

  • Agriculture and food
  • Education and childcare
  • Emergency services
Now vaccinating

Individuals age 16 or older at higher risk

People with certain significant high-risk:

  • Medical conditions
  • Disabilities
  • Illnesses
  • Living spaces
  • Work environments
Now vaccinating
Individuals 50 or older Starts April 1, 2021

Every Californian 16 or older

Vaccination of people younger than 16 will start as soon as the COVID-19 vaccines are approved for them

Starts April 15, 2021

For further details, please review the California Department of Public Health’s Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Guidelines and Provider Bulletin. California’s COVID-19 vaccine website with additional information and resources.

Every Californian can verify their eligibility or schedule with My Turn by signing up at or calling (833) 422-4255.

How To Get Vaccinated

Learn more about how to get vaccinated by visiting the state’s COVID-19 website. The state’s website has information on vaccination eligibility, how to sign up for an appointment via, local health jurisdiction resources, and more. Additionally, CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreen pharmacies now offer limited appointments for free COVID-19 vaccinations in select areas. Visit COVID-19 website for more information.

Federal Retail Pharmacy Program & Vaccine Appointments: The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program has been activated with select pharmacy partners. California’s current pharmacy partners are CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Albertsons. Pharmacy partners are now offering COVID-19 vaccines in their select store locations. For eligibility and scheduling, visit the California Department of Public Health’s Federal Retail Pharmacy Program page.