People over 50 can soon register for COVID-19 vaccines in SLO County

Daniel Blackburn

San Luis Obispo County Health Department officials announced Monday that community members age 50 and older are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines.

Starting next week, people age 50 and above can sign up for a vaccine through the county or through local pharmacies and providers. Register with the county here, or sign up with Rite Aid or CVS.

“More people can now get the safe and effective vaccines that will help us end this pandemic,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, county health officer. “Risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19 increases with age, and we are happy to begin vaccinating community members age 50 and older.”

SLO County residents have received nearly 110,000 vaccine doses to date, thanks to increased vaccine supply from the state, as well as federal supply to local pharmacies.

Over the past three days, SLO County reported 71 new cases, bringing the county’s total to 20,260 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of those, 253 have died.

There are 10 SLO County residents in the hospital receiving treatment for the virus, with four in intensive care units.

Cases by area:

  • Paso Robles – 3,996
  • San Luis Obispo – 3,886
  • California Men’s Colony (inmates) – 2,384
  • Atascadero – 1,911
  • Nipomo – 1,535
  • Arroyo Grande – 1,423
  • Grover Beach – 847
  • Oceano – 683
  • Templeton – 606
  • San Miguel – 512
  • Los Osos – 468
  • Morro Bay – 414
  • Cal Poly (campus residents) – 373
  • Pismo Beach – 332
  • Atascadero State Hospital (patients) – 206
  • Cambria – 175
  • Shandon – 139
  • Santa Margarita – 138
  • Creston – 84
  • Cayucos – 68
  • Avila Beach – 28
  • San Simeon – 21
  • Bradley – 7

In Santa Barbara County, there have been 32,873 confirmed coronavirus cases and 435 deaths, according to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.

Cases by area:

Santa Maria — 11,091
Santa Barbara — 6,158
Lompoc — 3,468
Orcutt — 1,730
Lompoc Federal Prison — 1,088

As of Monday afternoon, there have been 3,645,794 positive cases, and 57,367 deaths in California.

More than 30,575,857 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 555,944 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 124,287,280 cases with 2,734,971 dead.

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