Half of eligible Californians have at least 1 shot of COVID-19 vaccine

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FILE – In this March 10, 2021 file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom addresses the media during a visit to a vaccination center in South Gate, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom says nearly half of Californians eligible for vaccination have received at least one shot against the coronavirus.

Newsom is urging more residents to sign up for appointments and not let apprehension get in the way of getting protected against the illness.

More than 125.8 million people, or 37.9% of the U.S. population, have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some 78.4 million people, or 23.6 of the population, have completed their vaccination.

California on Thursday began vaccinating anyone age 16 and over regardless of occupation or health condition.

The move comes as California and other states have seen vaccine supplies rise in recent weeks. But officials are working to address hesitancy, particularly in some of the communities hit hardest by the pandemic.

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