March 19, 2021

Merced County Expands Vaccine Eligibility to Include High-Risk Individuals

MERCED COUNTY, CA – The County is pleased to announce the expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. Effective immediately, newly eligible groups now include:

  • Individuals that are 16 – 64 years of age with high-risk health conditions and disabilities;
  • Individuals in congregate settings (homeless, incarcerated, etc.); and
  • Public transit workers.

The Governor also recently announced the State’s intent to use the health equity quartile of the Healthy Places Index to allocate COVID-19 vaccine. A large portion of zip codes in Merced County are already in the lowest quartile of the Healthy Places Index, which will hopefully lead to additional vaccine resources throughout the community. See the attached list for the eligible phases.

Please note: Future announcements regarding eligibility expansion will be made in the Merced County Department of Public Health’s “Daily Status Report.” Residents can sign up for that report at

Additional vaccination clinics hosted by Merced County are already scheduled or being planned. A list of next week’s County clinics is included below. These clinics are by appointment only and walk-ins are not accepted. Visit to sign up for email notifications when additional clinics become available.

DateClinic TimeLocation
3/23/2110 AM-7 PMMerced Fairgrounds: 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Merced
3/24/2110 AM-4 PMLivingston High School Gym: 1617 Main Street, Livingston
Additional dates and times may be added and are subject to vaccine availability

If you are currently eligible to receive the vaccine, please contact your provider to see if you are able to make an appointment. You can also use the Merced County Vaccine Finder at to locate vaccination clinics open to the general public. To receive email notifications when additional Merced County vaccine clinics become available, register at

Anyone who does not have access to a computer or internet can call the Public Health Information Line at 209-381-1180 to request notifications for future vaccine clinic appointments.  As a reminder, it is still a local and statewide mandate to wear a cloth face covering inside of, or in line to enter any indoor public space, or when unable to maintain six feet of social distance outside.

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