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COVID-19 Updates for Santa Clara County

Latest news for our community.
October 16, 2021
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Dear Neighbors,

Now that boosters are available to certain people, you may be wondering if a booster is right for you. We've answered some frequently asked booster questions:

Who qualifies for a COVID-19 booster? COVID-19 Vaccine booster are available for the following Pfizer- vaccine recipients who completed their second dose at least 6 months ago and are:   65 years and older   Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings   Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions   Age 18+ who work in high-risk settings   Age 18+ who live in high-risk settings
Where can I get my booster? All County vaccination sites offer booster doses, including our drop-in clinics. Visit for appointments and drop-in vaccine clinics.
Will they update my original vaccine card or will it be replaced with a new one? If you get a booster dose, your original vaccine card will be updated with your booster information.
Do I need a booster to be considered fully vaccinated? No, as only certain people need a booster dose. First and second doses will continue to be considered fully vaccinated.
Do boosters mean COVID-19 vaccines are not effective? No, it is common for vaccines to require booster doses to maintain maximum effectiveness, as immunity may wane over time.


“The County of Santa Clara continues to follow CDC guidance, and it’s clear that boosters are a valuable tool that people can use to protect themselves and their loved ones,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Health Officer and Director of Public Health for the County of Santa Clara. “This is the next step in keeping up with best practices to protect us against COVID-19.”

Boosters are available through the County at all vaccination locations for any eligible individuals who live, work or go to school in Santa Clara County. Learn more at

Enter the VaxUp Video Contest
*Deadline extended!* 

6th to 12th graders: Empower your peers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Enter the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department’s 2021 VaxUp Video Contest to help address misinformation and normalize COVID-19 vaccines. Enter by November 15, 2021 for a chance to win.
Together in health,
County of Santa Clara
We are planning on getting our kids vaccinated as soon as they are eligible to keep them, our loved ones, and community safe and healthy. Getting the vaccine is a way to protect ourselves and our futures. - Nievera-Lozano Family, San José
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Have Symptoms? Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, headache (new or unexplained), loss of taste or smell, nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting (new or unexplained), sore throat (new or unexplained), fatigue (new or unexplained), muscle or body aches (new or unexplained)

COVID-19 symptoms? Get tested.
We recommend that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection.
Find a testing site:

Students, get creative and win!

Enter the VaxUp Video contest for a chance to win up to $1,500! Find out how at

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