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COVID-19 Updates for Santa Clara County

Latest news for our community.
November 6, 2021
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Dear Neighbors,

COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 5-11 are HERE! We are so happy to announce that this week, the County of Santa Clara has begun vaccinating this newly eligible population. This marks a historic point in the COVID-19 pandemic.

As County Supervisor Cindy Chavez recently noted, "We cannot forget that there are children now, who are in the second grade, who have never experienced a normal school year." COVID-19 vaccination is our ticket to safely give these children back the experiences, growth, and opportunities they so deserve.

Pfizer vaccines for children ages 5-11 are smaller doses and specially formulated. Under federal guidelines vaccine supplies designated for older patients cannot be used for this younger age group.

The County is partnering with school districts in Santa Clara County to offer vaccination onsite at schools, particularly in the County’s most disproportionately affected communities.  As it has been throughout the pandemic, vaccinations are provided at no-cost to recipients. Health insurance is not required and there are no immigration status questions.

To book your child's vaccination appointment or find a drop-in site near you visit  Families are also encouraged to check with their primary care physician or their local pharmacy to see if they are offering vaccine appointments for children as well.

Together in health,
County of Santa Clara

What to expect after your child's vaccination:

After Your Child's COVID-19 Vaccination   Common Side Effects   At the shot site:   Redness   Swelling   Pain      Throughout the body:   Tiredness   Aches   Fever   Headache   Chills   Nausea
There are common side effects your kids may have after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Side effects are normal! They are a sign of bodies building immunity. There are things you can do to help reduce side effects so they can get back to doing what they love. 

Helpful Tips To Reduce Side Effects 

To reduce pain at the shot site:
Use or exercise the arm 

To reduce fever: 

  • Drink lots of water
  • Dress lightly 
  • Take over-the-counter medications like Tylenol 

When To Call the Doctor 

Mild side effects from the vaccine are common. It means the vaccine is working. Side effects are more common for the second dose of the vaccine. A few people have worse side effects than others. Contact your child's doctor if: 

  • Redness or tenderness at the shot site gets worse after 24 hours 
  • Side effects do not go away after a few days

County of Santa Clara begins on-site COVID-19 vaccination at local elementary schools

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

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