This Is Exactly When Your State Will Begin Offering Vaccines to Everyone

Zachary Mack
·7 min read

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines across the U.S. is continuing to pick up speed for those who are eligible. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a quarter of the American population—and close to 70 percent of people aged 65 or older nationwide—has received at least one dose as of March 24. Now, some states have opened up vaccine eligibility to all adults, and even more have recently announced that they will begin offering vaccines to everyone within the coming days and weeks, CNN reports.

The moves come after a national address made by President Joe Biden on March 11, during which he said that he would be directing all states to open eligibility for all adults to receive the vaccine by May 1 in the hopes that the country can return to some level of normalcy by the July 4 holiday. "After this long hard year, that will make this Independence Day something truly special, where we not only mark our independence as a nation but begin to mark our independence from this virus," he said.

But some states have opted to jump ahead of Biden's goal, announcing that any citizen 16 or older would soon be allowed to make a vaccine appointment for themselves if they hadn't already done so. However, in these states, it's important to note that those aged 16 and 17 will only be able to receive a Pfizer vaccine, as the Moderna and Johnson&Johnson vaccines have only been approved for people 18 and older.

So, when will it be open vaccine season where you live? Read on to see which places have made announcements as of March 24, according to CNN and U.S. News&World Report, and for more on when you should avoid a double dose, check out If You Have These Vaccine Side Effects, Don't Get Another Shot, CDC Says.

Editor's Note: There is not yet information on when it will be open vaccine season in the following 15 states—Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wyoming.

1

Alaska

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: March 9

2

Arizona

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: March 24 (certain state-run sites)

And for more on what you should hold off on doing after you get immunized, check out Don’t Do This Until a Month After Your COVID Vaccine, Experts Warn.

3

California

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: May or later

4

Connecticut

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: April 5

And for more on how seniors might react to their shots, check out If You're Over 65, the CDC Says to Expect This After Your COVID Vaccine.

5

Delaware

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: May or later

6

Georgia

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: March 25

And for more on why your shots may not work as well, check out The Pfizer Vaccine May Be Less Effective If You Have This Common Condition.

7

Hawaii

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: May or later

8

Idaho

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: April 26

And for more information from top officials, check out Dr. Fauci Says Your COVID Vaccine Protects You For This Long.

9

Illinois

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: April 12

10

Iowa

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: April (no set date)

And for more on how to best prepare yourself for your immunization, check out Don't Do This the Night Before Your Vaccine Appointment, Experts Say.

11

Kansas

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: May or later

12

Maine

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: April 19

And for more on how often you'll be getting booster shots, check out The Pfizer CEO Says This Is How Often You'll Need a COVID Vaccine.

13

Maryland

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: April 27

14

Massachusetts

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: Apri 19

And for more on things you shouldn't mix with your shots, check out Dr. Fauci Just Said Don't Take This Medication With the COVID Vaccine.

15

Michigan

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: April 5

16

Mississippi

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: March 16

And for more important immunization information, check out The CDC Says Don't Take This After Your Vaccine Without a Doctor's OK.

17

Missouri

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: April 9

18

Montana

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: April 1

And for more on why your doses may not work, check out The One Thing People Who Get COVID After Being Vaccinated Have in Common.

19

Nebraska

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: May or later

20

New Hampshire

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: May or later

And for more on specific post-shot symptoms, check out The One Side Effect That's Much More Common With Moderna, Data Shows.

21

New Mexico

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: April (no set date)

22

North Dakota

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: March 29

And for more important official information, check out The CDC Just Warned of 3 New Vaccine Side Effects.

23

Ohio

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: March 29

24

Oklahoma

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: March 29 (Note: Oklahoma residents aged 16 and older are currently eligible to get vaccinated through the Chickasaw Nation’s vaccination program, but not yet through the state’s program)

And for more on the best last-minute prep for your shots, check out Doctors Say Do These 2 Things the Morning of Your Vaccine Appointment.

25

Oregon

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: May 1

26

Rhode Island

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: April 19

And for more on things you should hold off on after you've gotten your shots, check out The CDC Says Don't Do This Until 4 Weeks After Getting Vaccinated.

27

South Carolina

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: May 3

28

South Dakota

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: May 1

And for more on potential post-immunization emergencies, If This Happens After Your Vaccine, the FDA Says You Should Call 911.

29

Tennessee

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: April 5

30

Texas

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: March 29

And for more on what to expect once you get your jabs, check out Doctors Are Warning You to "Be Prepared" for This After Your Second Dose.

31

Utah

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: March 24

32

Vermont

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: April 19

And for more on symptoms that are good news, check out The CDC Says These 3 Side Effects Mean Your Vaccine Is Working.

33

Virginia

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: April (no set date)

34

West Virginia

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: March 22

And for more on where you still shouldn't be going after your doses, check out Dr. Fauci Just Said to Avoid This One Place, Even If You're Vaccinated.

35

Wisconsin

When vaccine eligibility will open to all people aged 16 and older: May 1