A higher percentage of children in Stanislaus County have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine than the percentage of children across the state. This comes after the county expanded eligibility last week to people ages 16 and older.According to the state’s latest data, Stanislaus County has inoculated roughly less than 1% of people younger than 18 years old, which is higher than the state’s numbers of .6% of people younger than 18 receiving the vaccine. For 19-year-old Andre Cruz, getting vaccinated was an easy decision. Cruz was working out in his garage gym — his way of maintaining exercise after gyms had initially closed.”It’s (getting vaccinated) not necessarily about ourselves. We also have to worry about others. And think like, ‘What can I do to make a difference?’ And this is definitely a time that you can make a difference,” Cruz said.State data also show 37.7% of people ages 18 to 49 have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Stanislaus County. Kamlesh Kaur, public information officer for the county’s public health department, said since Stanislaus expanded eligibility to 16 years and older, changes to how people are able to book appointments have been made. “A lot of barriers that were in place are being lifted, we want to encourage our youth members to get vaccinated,” Kaur said.Some of those barriers include booking appointments on Myturn. Last week, only people ages 50 and older were allowed to book. That has since changed. “If a vaccine clinic has Pfizer available that day, they will be able to — 16 and 17 year-olds will be able to make an appointment,” Kaur said. Minors must be accompanied by at least one parent, and if they’re unable to book an appointment, there are walk-up vaccination sites where they may be able to receive the vaccine. Sixteen and 17-year-olds are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine at this time.Kaur added as more people head outdoors, and with a more contagious variant that’s been detected in at least two cases in Stanislaus County, it’s even more vital for people to roll up their sleeves. The variant she was referring to — B.1.351 — was first found in South Africa.RELATED | 1st case of more contagious COVID-19 variant detected in Yolo CountyKaur said the variant was found in people who did not travel, meaning, it’s believed this particular strain was spread through community transmission.As for Cruz, he’s worked out how he’ll stay safe when he visits Hawaii in the summer.”That’s going to be exciting. I hope everything goes good. Of course, we’re gonna take the proper precautions and try to like social distance, still,” Cruz explained.

MODESTO, Calif. — A higher percentage of children in Stanislaus County have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine than the percentage of children across the state. This comes after the county expanded eligibility last week to people ages 16 and older.According to the state’s latest data, Stanislaus County has inoculated roughly less than 1% of people younger than 18 years old, which is higher than the state’s numbers of .6% of people younger than 18 receiving the vaccine.
For 19-year-old Andre Cruz, getting vaccinated was an easy decision. Cruz was working out in his garage gym — his way of maintaining exercise after gyms had initially closed.”It’s (getting vaccinated) not necessarily about ourselves. We also have to worry about others. And think like, ‘What can I do to make a difference?’ And this is definitely a time that you can make a difference,” Cruz said.State data also show 37.7% of people ages 18 to 49 have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Stanislaus County. Kamlesh Kaur, public information officer for the county’s public health department, said since Stanislaus expanded eligibility to 16 years and older, changes to how people are able to book appointments have been made. “A lot of barriers that were in place are being lifted, we want to encourage our youth members to get vaccinated,” Kaur said.Some of those barriers include booking appointments on Myturn. Last week, only people ages 50 and older were allowed to book. That has since changed. “If a vaccine clinic has Pfizer available that day, they will be able to — 16 and 17 year-olds will be able to make an appointment,” Kaur said. Minors must be accompanied by at least one parent, and if they’re unable to book an appointment, there are walk-up vaccination sites where they may be able to receive the vaccine. Sixteen and 17-year-olds are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine at this time.Kaur added as more people head outdoors, and with a more contagious variant that’s been detected in at least two cases in Stanislaus County, it’s even more vital for people to roll up their sleeves. The variant she was referring to — B.1.351 — was first found in South Africa.RELATED | 1st case of more contagious COVID-19 variant detected in Yolo CountyKaur said the variant was found in people who did not travel, meaning, it’s believed this particular strain was spread through community transmission.As for Cruz, he’s worked out how he’ll stay safe when he visits Hawaii in the summer.”That’s going to be exciting. I hope everything goes good. Of course, we’re gonna take the proper precautions and try to like social distance, still,” Cruz explained.