by Kimberly Rivers
kimberly@vcreporter.com
 
Ventura County has set up a registration method for individuals 75 and older to make appointments to get the coronavirus vaccine. 
 
On Monday, Jan. 18, the county reported 4,490 new cases and 37,906 new tests administered over three days and that 24 people died from COVID-19 during that same three-day period. The ages of people who died ranged from 30 to 100. 
 
Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state was expanding the list of those eligible now to receive the vaccines to include those 65 and older. But the state has left it up to local public health administrations to determine how best to further delineate who can get the available vaccines and the county has started the group at 75 and up. 
 
As of Tuesday, Jan. 19, residents of Ventura County can register online to be vaccinated. Proof of residency and proof of age must be shown at the appointment time. 
 
So far, the registration process can only be initiated online but the county is working to set up a hotline for residents to make appointments by phone. 
 
Update – Wednesday, Jan. 20: Ventura County is now reporting that all vaccination appointments are filled and the county is not registering anyone else at this time. 
“We have more community members wanting vaccines than appointments available this week because of the amount of vaccines we have available. More appointments will be added as more vaccines become available. The County receives vaccines from the state on a weekly basis. More vaccine distribution sites are launching but the County still needs more vaccines to add more appointments,” stated the county’s Jan. 20 announcement.  
 
 
View phase information at the following link: www.venturacountyrecovers.org/vaccine-information/prioritization/