April 20, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine: All Americans age 16 and up are eligible

Kaiser Permanente recommends getting vaccinated as soon as possible. But, until supplies increase, not everyone will be able to make an appointment right away.

Everyone 16 and older is now eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccination.

On April 19, the federal government announced that everyone 16 and older is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

“This is a tremendous milestone. Open eligibility means we are that much closer to putting the pandemic behind us,” said Craig Robbins, MD, co-lead for Kaiser Permanente’s national COVID-19 vaccination program.

Demand is high, and vaccine supplies remain limited

As of April 18, Kaiser Permanente had administered nearly 4.3 million vaccine doses at our own facilities, along with additional vaccinations through mass vaccination hubs and mobile outreach. 

Our vaccine supply is increasing; however, the eligibility expansion means that demand will be at an all-time high and will exceed our supply. As a result, not everyone will be able to make a Kaiser Permanente vaccination appointment right away.

We look forward to receiving enough supply over the coming weeks to vaccinate all the Kaiser Permanente members and people in our communities who request an appointment.

How to get a vaccination appointment

You should receive the first vaccine that you are eligible to receive and that is available in your community. All the available vaccines are safe, effective, and life-saving, and vaccinations are free.

Here are some ways to sign up for a vaccination:

  • Request an appointment at Kaiser Permanente on kp.org/covidvaccine. We’re offering appointments at many of our facilities and will continue to increase appointment availability as we receive additional vaccine supply.
  • Visit VaccineFinder to find vaccination providers near you. In some states, information may be limited while more vaccination providers and pharmacies are being added.
  • Check your local pharmacy’s website to see if vaccination appointments are available. Get a list of pharmacies participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
  • Contact your state health department to find additional vaccination locations in the area.

We’re in this together

“We’re getting closer to the day when all our members and communities can be vaccinated. However, now is not the time to let our guard down,” said Dr. Robbins. “Keep wearing your mask. Physically distance. And, encourage others to get vaccinated as soon as they can. Whether you’ve already been vaccinated or are next in line, let’s continue doing our part to protect each other.”

For more information on the vaccine, visit kp.org/covidvaccine. You can also call our 24/7 KP COVID Vaccine InfoLine at 1‑855‑550‑0951 (available in English and Spanish) for regular recorded updates.