Why can’t Orange County move to the less restrictive yellow tier?

In the meantime, will Orange County ever make it to the yellow, least restrictive tier? UC Irvine [associate professor and] epidemiologist Andrew Noymer said he expects it to happen soon. The county’s vaccination rates are good, and “definitely the vaccination plays a role in the decline of cases,” he said. But with eligibility widening to everyone 16 and older just two weeks ago, it’s too early to draw conclusions about how it’s affecting the county’s case rate, he said.