Oakland COVID Updates

an upside down vial of the covid vaccine is put into a syringe
A county worker gets the COVID vaccines ready. Photo by Howard Dyckoff.

Everyone 16 and Older Eligible for COVID Vaccine

Everyone who is 16 years and older is now eligible to receive a COVID vaccine in Alameda County. Modern and Johnson & Johnson vaccines (which are currently paused) are only approved for those 18 and older, so Pfizer is the option for those 16 and 17 years-old. Find out more information on how to book an appointment here.

More Women Than Men Getting Vaccinated

As of today’s county data, 53.9 percent of people in Oakland 16 years and older have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. The percentages of women who have received vaccines is higher than men in the county, at 58.5 percent of women receiving at least one dose and 50.6 percent of men. This mirrors a trend across the country.

According to Kaiser Health News, 38 states with this data point showed that women have been vaccinated more than men. “The disparity is in part because vaccinations were initially offered to healthcare workers and the elderly, groups that are disproportionately composed of women. But it also likely reflects longstanding patterns of men engaging in riskier behavior and paying less attention to their health than women, experts say” (LA Times).

Oakland Schools Re-Opening With Hybrid Learning

Some OUSD elementary schools started hybrid learning just under two weeks ago for transitional kindergarteners through second graders (see ABC7 report). Oakland schools will re-open to more students who opted to learn in-person under a hybrid model starting Monday, April 19 as well as additional schools. In preparation for that, AC Transit has resumed some lines that serve certain school populations, according to KPIX.

Author Profile

Momo Chang is a freelance journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Oakland Voices Co-Director. Her work focuses on healthcare, immigration, education, Asian American communities, food and culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Momo has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting and the Asian American Journalists Association, among others. Her work has appeared in the East Bay Express, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, and The New York Times. Momo is primarily a print journalist who also produces audio and visual stories for documentary film and radio. She is a Senior Contributing Editor for Hyphen and formerly the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

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