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COVID-19 Updates for Santa Clara County

Latest news for our community.
February 27, 2021
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Dear Neighbors,

Great news!

Santa Clara County has now vaccinated more than half of its residents age 65 and older. Getting vaccinated is not only the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 but also helps the County more quickly move to less restrictive tiers.

Starting February 28th, COVID-19 vaccines will be available to residents who work in education and childcare, emergency services, and food and agriculture.

This is in addition to those who are already eligible, which include healthcare workers, long-term care residents, as well as those who are 65 years of age and older.

We are also proud to announce the opening of three new vaccination sites:

Emmanuel Baptist Church
467 North White Road, San Jose, CA 95127

Gilroy High School
750 West 10th Street, Gilroy, CA 95020

East Valley Clinic
1993 McKee Road, San Jose, CA 95133
If you are included in any of the listed groups above, you can schedule an appointment now by visiting or calling 2-1-1. 

Recent changes relax restrictions on outdoor gatherings and youth activities effective February 26.

  • The Health Officer still strongly recommends that everyone wear a face covering at all times at outdoor gatherings, but face coverings are required outdoors only if within 6 feet of someone who is not a member of your household.
  • The Health Officer still strongly recommends that everyone maintain at least 6 feet of social distance from anyone who is not a member of their household at outdoor gatherings, but it is not required.
  • People are allowed to sing at outdoor gatherings without a face covering, provided that they stay at least 6 feet away from everyone who is not a member of their household.

More changes will come once Santa Clara County moves into the State’s Red Tier, including reopening indoor gatherings and indoor dining. Updated Public Health Order Directives can be found here.

Public Health officials strongly advise everyone to continue to take steps to limit the spread of the virus. Wear a mask, keep your distance, and get vaccinated when it’s your turn.

Stay tuned as we continue on this path to overcoming this pandemic.

Together in health,
County of Santa Clara


More from this week:

Here are some key things to keep in mind about the vaccines.

For more information, visit
Here in Santa Clara County, we also celebrate African/African Ancestry Health & Heritage Month in the month of February.

Visit for info on Black Family Day, to occur on Sunday, February 28th from 11am-2pm. 
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One mask already provides good protection, but there are ways to power up your face mask game even more.

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County of Santa Clara Public Health Department
976 Lenzen Avenue, 2nd Floor | San Jose, CA 95126

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