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These 14 States Will Soon Offer COVID Vaccines for Everyone

These states are ramping up vaccine distribution for all.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has said take whichever vaccine is available to you when offered. But in many states, you can't even get an appointment. That's about to change, as states open up eligibility to get more vaccines in arms. Here are the states that are expanding eligibility fastest. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

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Mississippi

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everyone age 16 or older is eligible

Mississippi was the second state, after Alaska, top open up vaccinations to every age. "It's a great day to be a Mississippian!" tweeted Governor Tate Reeves. "If you want a shot, you can get a shot!  New appointments available statewide at http://covidvaccine.umc.edu! Great day indeed!"

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Alaska

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everyone age 16 or older is eligible

"This does feel like a gigantic milestone in so many ways to get to the point where we can offer protection for anyone who wants it in the state," Dr. Anne Zink, the state's chief medical officer, said during a news conference with Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Dunleavy himself had COVID-19 and said he did not want "to be laid up in the house again." Appointments are limited but can be found here.

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Arizona

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all adults in some counties

Having a hard time scoring your vaccine in Arizona? "What we recommend is to call the call center," she said. "The most reliable thing is at eight o'clock in the morning to call the call center to see if there have been cancellations released," Arizona Health Director Dr. Cara Christ told KTAR News 92.3 FM's The Mike Broomhead Show. The call center can be reached at 844-542-8201.

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Michigan

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all adults in some counties

The vaccine can't come fast enough. In Michigan, "the positivity rate has been increasing since March 10, when 4.5% of 45,901 diagnostic tests came back positive. However, diagnostic tests processed per day are down from the 48,343 tests processed March 11," reports MLive.

Hope to expand eligibility to their general population by May 1

"MDHHS is moving forward with the vaccination of Michiganders age 50 and older with medical conditions or disabilities and caregiver family members and guardians who care for children with special health care needs. Beginning Monday, March 22, vaccine eligibility will again expand to include all Michiganders 50 and older. To date, more than 40 percent of Michiganders age 65 and older have been vaccinated," reports Cedar Spring Post.

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Maine

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will expand eligibility to their general population by May 1

"Some counties are vaccinating a higher percentage of their residents than others. Just under 17 percent of Somerset County residents have received their first dose. That's the lowest percentage in the state," reports WGME. "It is far behind places like Lincoln County, where more than 29 percent of people received their first dose. Nearby counties like Cumberland and Knox are trailing close behind."

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Virginia

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will expand eligibility to their general population by May 1

"Some Virginia health districts will transition from Phase 1b to Phase 1c vaccinations this week, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced Tuesday," reports WTVR. "All parts of Virginia should be able to open to Phase 1c 'within weeks,' according to the state." "Finally, the light at the end of this long journey seems to be coming into view," State Health Commissioner Dr. Norm Oliver said. "Vaccine is our best hope of ending the pandemic."

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Wisconsin

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will expand eligibility to their general population by May 1

Residents age 16 and older with certain medical conditions can get vaccinated starting March 22."Our vaccinators across the state are doing great work to get folks vaccinated and get this done, and because of their good work, Wisconsin continues to be a national leader in getting shots in arms," Gov. Tony Evers said. "Moving up eligibility for this critical group will help us get over the finish line and sooner, and get us back to our Wisconsin way of life."

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Colorado

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hope to expand eligibility to their general population by May 1

Get vaccinated before the variant gets you. "COVID-19 hospitalizations in Colorado have increased slightly over the past few days, while overall case numbers have reached what state health officials on Tuesday called a 'high plateau,'" reports 9News. "The uptick in hospitalizations wasn't alarming, but officials were worried about the trend, Gov. Jared Polis said at his briefing Tuesday at the Governor's Residence."

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Connecticut

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hope to expand eligibility to their general population by May 1

"Connecticut has accelerated its COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Monday that any adult state resident will have the opportunity to schedule a vaccine appointment on April 5. It's nearly a month ahead of the state's schedule and would beat President Joe Biden's decree of May 1," reports Eyewitness News 3. "Connecticut remains one of the top states in the country when it comes to getting residents vaccinated and Lamont said this would be the biggest step yet." "Over the course of the next month, I think you'll find everyone will have vaccine and appointments available to them," Lamont said on Monday.

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Ohio

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hope to expand eligibility to their general population by May 1. 

"Ohio is expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccines again," reports NBC 4. "Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday morning that eligibility will open Friday for those 40 and older as well as those with cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, heart disease and obesity."

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Indiana

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Indiana extended access to people 45 and older, effective immediately.

"In Indiana, where new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths have decreased, 20 percent of the population has had at least one dose, and 11 percent is fully vaccinated, according to a New York Times analysis of data from the C.D.C.," reports the paper.

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Montana

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hope to expand eligibility to their general population by May 1

"After months of calculated and incremental expansions in vaccine eligibility, all Montanans 16 and older will be allowed to sign up to receive inoculations beginning April 1," reports Montana Free Press. "The Tuesday announcement by Gov. Greg Gianforte was prompted in part by growing confidence in the national vaccine supply, and, Gianforte said, after some counties have indicated they are prepared to proceed to the next stage of distribution."

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Utah

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hope to expand eligibility to their general population by May 1

The state's mask mandate ends April 10th. "We're hoping to have just under 900,000 shots in arms by then. Those are first doses," Lt. Governor Deidre Henderson, who oversees vaccine efforts for the state, said in an interview with FOX 13 on Tuesday. "We are hoping that every day that we go buys us 25,000-30,000 shots in arms and it protects us that much more." So get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.