Californian adults who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19  cannot be turned away for a booster shot, according to California Public Health.

California Public Health Officer Tomas J. Aragon wrote a letter to health providers, stating that any adult who is six months removed from their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or two months removed from receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, may not be turned away for a booster.

While priority is still set on providing COVID-19 booster vaccines for California adults over 65 years old and people with underlying conditions, all eligible adults can “self-determine their risk for exposure,” when seeking a booster.

Aragon wrote:

“The patient’s assessment of risk exposure may include, but is not limited to, those who work with the public or live with someone who works with the public, live or work with someone at high risk of severe impact of COVID, live in geographic areas that have been heavily impacted by COVID, reside in high transmission areas, live in a congregate setting, experience social inequity, or other risk conditions as assessed by the individual.”

As of Nov. 10, 73.9% of California residents have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The state is also seeing a 2.4% positivity rate during the past eight weeks, with an average of 49 daily deaths for an average of 0.1 new deaths per 100,000 residents.

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