By CBS13 Staff

MODESTO (CBS13) — Ahead of schedule, one California county will soon allow anyone over the age of 16 to receive a COVID-19 vaccine starting this week.

Last week, California leaders announced that everyone 16 and older can start making vaccine appointments on April 15.

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Stanislaus County is jumping ahead, though, and announced on Tuesday that everyone 16 and older can start making appointments on April 1.

County officials noted how their area is among the most heavily-impacted parts of the state.

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State officials have said, however, that they expect it will still take several months for Californians to get vaccinated – even with expanded vaccine supplies.

Nearly all California counties have all moved into less restrictive COVID-19 alert tiers. Yuba moved into the Red tier on Tuesday, while Butte, Colusa and Tuolumne joined Yolo in moving into the even less restrictive Orange tier.

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San Joaquin County still remains in the most-restrictive Purple tier as of Tuesday.