On Tuesday, San Bernardino County health officials announced that any County resident that is 16 years of age or older is now eligible to receive there very own COVID-19 vaccination. This decision means several additional people are now able to schedule an appointment to receive an FDA-approved vaccine.

In a statement released by San Bernardino County Interim Health Director Andrew Goldfrach the milestone in an effort to control the pandemic and return to normalcy in life. Goldfrach further stated that the disease is still here and residents still need to remain cautious in order to prevent outbreaks.

San Bernardino County health officials stressed that residents ages 16 and 17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine. As a result of this, teens that meet the age requirement will only be served at San Bernardino County Public Health sites and State OptumServe sites. Additionally they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive the Pfizer vaccine (the only one thus far approved for people under 18). The Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available only to those who are 18 years and older.

To date more than 785,000 vaccinations have been administered to San Bernardino County residents, according to the COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard on the County’s COVID-19 website. The vaccines have been administered through County-run sites and a variety of independent providers such as hospitals, physician practices and major pharmacies. To schedule an appointment, please visit the County vaccination page or call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.