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GREENBRAE CA - DECEMBER 17: Marin County Fire Department paramedic Kevin Stone prepares a syringe with Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at The Tamalpais in Greenbrae, Calif. on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. Continuing Care Retirement Community staff at The Tamalpais are among the first to get the coronavirus vaccines in Marin. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

Marin County to widen vaccine access to 65-plus bracket

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Marin County will expand the pool of people eligible for coronavirus vaccines to residents 65 and older beginning next week, the county’s public health officer said Monday.

The change represents the first time that many of the the roughly 33,000 Marin residents between the ages of 65 and 74 will be able to book appointments to get vaccinated. The county has so far reserved its limited supply of vaccine doses for residents age 75 and older, in addition to people living in senior care centers, health care workers and other occupational groups.

Appointments for vaccinations through the county’s public health department will open Thursdays at 12 p.m. at coronavirus.marinhhs.org/vaccine. The number of appointments each week will be limited based on supply, according to Dr. Matt Willis, the public health officer.

Kaiser and Sutter Health patients must book appointments through their health care providers, Willis said. While Sutter expanded vaccine eligibility to patients 65 and older last week, Kaiser has not yet lowered the minimum age below 75 in Marin, a company spokesman said Monday.

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