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Friday, November 5, 2021

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I hope this finds you well.

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education, will be opening dozens of COVID-19 vaccination clinics at school campuses, starting with those located in neighborhoods disproportionately affected by the virus.

The Public Health Department’s Mobile Vaccination Unit will host vaccination clinics geared toward reaching children 5-11 at school campuses and community sites. School locations were selected utilizing Census Track data to identify neighborhoods where vaccinations numbers have traditionally trailed other areas.

Three weeks after an initial vaccine clinic on campus, the Mobile Vaccination Teams will return to provide second doses. Ahead of the clinics, parents will receive packets of information about what to expect and required forms for vaccination. Parents or legal representatives must provide consent for their child to be vaccinated. 

Approximately 167,000 children between the ages of 5 and 11 live in Santa Clara County and will be eligible for vaccination.

The pediatric Pfizer vaccine will be administered similar to the adult version, in two doses spaced 21 days apart. It is one-third the size of the adult vaccine.

Unlike when adult vaccines were first authorized at the end of 2020, the Public Health Department does not expect there to be any shortages of the pediatric version. 

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, free, and widely available to everyone 12 and older.

More than 73% of eligible Santa Clara County residents, including children ages 5-11, have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. We remain a national leader in vaccination rates.

However, there are still thousands of eligible Santa Clara County residents who have not gotten vaccinated.

All County Health System mass vaccination sites and all general community-based mobile sites are vaccinating anyone ages 5 and older. Children between 5 to 17-years old need to provide a signed consent form from a parent or legal guardian. For County-operated sites, the consent form is available here.
The most up-to-date information about how and where to get vaccinated can be found at COVID-19 vaccinations are available with or without an appointment at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.

Residents without access to the internet can make vaccination appointments by phone for the County Health System sites through the Valley Connection Call Center at 408-970-2000 or by dialing 2-1-1.  

The Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 4:30pm.  Assistance is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and multiple other languages.

You can also get vaccinated at pharmacies throughout the County, including many Walgreen's, CVS, and Costco locations.
Free COVID-19 Appointment Testing
  • Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Parking Lot A (across from Gate B):
    • 344 Tully Rd., San Jose
    • Saturday, November 6, through Monday, November 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
    • Tuesday, November 9,  from 12:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • South County Annex (formerly Del Buono Elementary):
    • 9300 Wren Avenue, Gilroy
    • Monday, November 8, and Tuesday, November 9,  from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Residents can make appointments (often same day) and find more testing locations throughout the County at or by calling 2-1-1. 
Santa Clara County COVID-19 Case Numbers, Hospital Capacity, and Testing Dashboards Can Be Found Here

The latest edition of Viva CalleSJ takes place on Sunday, November 7. It closes 4.5 miles of streets to traffic, providing an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to play and explore the City as they walk, bike, skate, or wheel through open streets.

Along the route, there will be multiple activity hubs, where participants can stop and enjoy food trucks, live music, and activities for the whole family. The route has no beginning or end and flows both ways, so participants can join at any point.

The Viva CalleSJ route runs from Lincoln Ave. through Minnesota Ave. and W. Alma Ave. to Keyes St. and extends through S. First St. You can find more information here.

Community Cleanup of Highway 101 in San Jose on November 7

Please join me, Assemblymember Ash Kalra, and San Jose City Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco for a community cleanup of Highway 101 near Alum Rock Avenue.

This cleanup is an example of how the State of California, County of Santa Clara, and City of San Jose are working together to address the issue of trash and litter along our roadways.

The monthly South First Fridays Art Walk is tonight in Downtown San Jose.

The art walk is a unique evening of great exhibitions in galleries, museums and art supporting businesses. Hours are 5–9pm, free admission,  all ages welcome, rain or shine.

You can find information about the exhibitions and events at all of the participating galleries and museums, along with a printable walking map, here.

Be well,
Copyright © 2021 Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, All rights reserved.

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