A healthcare worker is vaccinated while in his car at the vaccination super station at Petco Park. Courtesy County News Center

Due to a slowing of appointments at COVID-19 vaccination sites, San Diego County health officials expanded eligibility to residents aged 75 and older.

Vaccinations had previously been limited to healthcare professionals with an appropriate ID badge.

“We took this action today to add individuals 75 years of age and older because they are at the greatest risk,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “It remains our intention to expand vaccines to those 65 and older the week of Jan. 25, contingent of vaccine availability.”

The new eligibility applies to the Petco Park Vaccination Super Station and other sites administering doses received by the county. More information is at coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine and appointments can be made online at vaccinationsuperstationsd.com.

The county advised those seeking a vaccine to make an appointment first, wear a mask and bring identification.

There are more than 620,000 people in San Diego County who belong in the Phase 1A vaccine distribution group, which includes healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities. Monday’s announcement indicates significant progress has been made in vaccinating that group.

The next group, Phase 1B, includes residents 65 and older plus essential workers and numbers approximately 500,000 people.

Some health providers, including Scripps Health and UC San Diego Health, have begun notifying residents 65 and older to make appointments for vaccination.

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency hopes to have 70% of the county’s population over the age of 16 — or 1.9 million people — vaccinated by the end of June.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.