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People 75 and older can sign up for COVID-19 vaccine in Ventura County

VENTURA, Calif. -- Vaccines are now open to everyone 75 and older in Ventura County. A large crowd came out Wednesday morning to take advantage of the new phase.

The news came out Tuesday night, and by Wednesday morning the site was full.

“We registered her last night through social media,” said Kevin McGuire, who brought his mom Janice to get the vaccine. “We got the alert and then we went on to the County's website and we were able to get her registered.”

County leaders said those who are eligible must register online and need to show proof of residency and age when they arrive.

“We are officially in phase 1A, and the 75 year old would put us in the first tier of phase 1B,” said Barry Zimmerman, who is the Chief Deputy Director of Ventura County Health Care Agency. “That is it. We are only targeting the seniors, and as we move on from here we will probably roll out other senior population.”

Those in line waited anywhere from an hour to two hours, but many said it was worth the wait.

“I started at 6 this morning online with my husband,” said Sherre Clark, from Ventura. “By 9 a.m. we finally found an appointment. I am excited that they finally opened it up to the old people. I am ready to have my grandchildren. Distancing is hard.”

For those who are not mobile, South Oxnard is the only drive thru site for now. County leaders say a new vaccination site will open Thursday in Thousand Oaks. Also in the works is a hotline for those who can't make an appointment online. Isidro Gutierrez was lucky enough to get both his father and mother in.

“I feel great that they are vaccinated, because he is 93 and she is 90,” said Gutierrez.

The demand remains high, which is making it difficult to schedule and appointment.

“You just need to regularly check the webpage, because as we get vaccines or greater capacity we will open up appointments immediately,” said Zimmerman.

Appointments can be scheduled here.

California / Health / Ventura County
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Senerey de los Santos

Senerey de los Santos is a multimedia journalist for NewsChannel 3-12 covering primarily Ventura County. To learn more about Senerey, click here.

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