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Santa Cruz County expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

SANTA CRUZ — More than half of Santa Cruz County residents 65 and older received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine by late last week, so the county expanded eligibility Monday that places education and childcare, emergency services and food and agriculture workers at the top.

In addition to those 65 years of age and above and health care workers, those individuals falling into the occupation groups described in the state’s vaccination rollout plan can now schedule vaccine appointments through their employers, according to the county.

Proof of occupation is required for vaccination. County spokesman Jason Hoppin said that a pay stub, work ID or similar document will suffice.

The county’s Public Health Division will directly contact eligible employers, who can now fill out a COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Survey at https://bit.ly/2NnFAUA.

“It has taken a truly collaborative effort across the community to reach this point,” said Health Services Agency Director Mimi Hall in the prepared statement. “We are steadily increasing our vaccine infrastructure to enable wider access.”

Hall said that her agency is pleased with the efforts so far, but reminded the public that those efforts are still limited by the vaccine supply and changing vaccine distribution plans from the state.

“I ask for the public’s continued support and understanding,” she wrote Monday. Read from source….