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Nurse Irma Pinon readies vaccine for injections at Clinica Sierra Vista's Niles Street location last month.

All priority groups within Phase 1a of the COVID-19 Vaccine Schedule are now eligible to be vaccinated in Kern County.

According to a news release from the county’s Public Health Services Department, the eligibility expansion announced Friday comes in conjunction with the California Department of Public Health announcing that COVID-19 vaccines should be immediately administered to those in all tiers of Phase 1a.

The following priority groups are now eligible in Phase 1a – Tier 3:

• Specialty clinics

• Laboratory workers

• Dental and other oral health clinics

• Pharmacy staff not working in settings at higher tiers

Kern Public Health said the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan is prioritized based on high-risk groups that are defined in several phases as well as tiers within those phases.

The county encourages residents to visit its Public Health website at https://kernpublichealth.com/coronavirus-vaccine/ for current vaccination information and resources.