After nearly a month when there was almost no opportunity to provide the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Santa Clara County has issued thousands of new appointments at its health clinics and mass vaccination sites.
In order to get the coveted shot, you must be a resident of Santa Clara County and you must meet the state’s current eligibility criteria. Eligibility criteria include people over 50, residents of long-term care facilities, medical staff, people 16 or over with high-risk health conditions or disabilities, and workers in education, emergency services, public transportation, food and agriculture.
In the past month, Santa Clara County had a limited supply of vaccines and needed to provide a second dose of vaccine to residents who received the first dose of vaccine early, so it was difficult to provide many first doses of vaccine.
Since the beginning of March, this week is the first time the county has released a large number of first-dose vacancies-to be precise, there are approximately 32,000 vacancies this week.
As of Thursday afternoon, Gilroy High School and the Berger Auditorium in San Jose, Valley Health Center Tully, Emmanuel Baptist Church and Santa Clara County Fairgrounds are still empty. Levi̵
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On the same day that California dramatically increased the number of residents eligible for vaccines across the state, the county issued thousands of new appointments. Californians aged 50 and over in all 58 counties can now be formally vaccinated through regular channels (such as public health departments and healthcare providers), and within two weeks of April 15, all Californians over 16 years old All Californians will be eligible for the vaccine.
Although thousands of new appointments were finally offered this week, the leaders of Santa Clara County knew that 32,000 doses would only cover a small percentage of residents who are now eligible for the vaccine.
State Rep. Ro Khanna tweeted Thursday morning that he is working with the federal government and the Biden government to expedite the addition of federally qualified medical centers in Santa Clara County to new new ones designed to make vaccine distribution more equitable. Federal vaccine plan. Contra Costa County is full of COVID-19 vaccines and, in addition to the state’s regular funding, recently received 14,000 doses as part of the program.
“Santa Clara County needs more doses of vaccines,” Khanna tweeted. “As cases continue to increase, it is vital that we receive the most vulnerable vaccination as soon as possible.”
To book an appointment, please visit https://vax.sccgov.org/home or call 408-970-2000.