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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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I hope this finds you well.

Vaccination appointments are available throughout Santa Clara County this week.

Anyone age 16 and older who lives or works in Santa Clara County is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination thanks to an increased allocation of vaccine from the federal government.

The easiest and most efficient way to make a vaccination appointment is at www.sccfreevax.org. That website also includes the most up-to-date information about who is eligible for vaccination and how to get vaccinated.

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

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.

IF NO VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE, PLEASE TRY AGAIN LATER AS APPOINTMENTS SLOTS ARE BEING ADDED ON A REGULAR BASIS.


It is more important than ever to get vaccinated if you are eligible. While the federal and state governments have temporarily paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because of a very rare side effect, the County has large supplies of both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Both work well and will help keep you, your family, and your friends safe.

This increased vaccine allocation is great news and comes as a result of work by many people, especially our local members of Congress led by Rep. Zoe Lofgren and including Reps. Anna Eshoo and Ro Khanna, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

It is important for those who are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 to continue getting tested regularly, even after getting vaccinated.

The COVID-19 testing rate in Santa Clara County has dropped approximately 34 percent over the past two months, with the number of tests per 100,000 residents falling from a seven-day average of 958 to 632.

Testing is more accessible than ever, with mobile testing buses going to new neighborhoods each week and saliva collection offered at pop-up sites to provide an easier, less invasive experience.

The most up to date list of testing locations can be found at www.sccfreetest.org. Appointments can also be made there. All test sites are mapped on that website. The site is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Tagalog. Information is also available by calling 2-1-1.

The County provides COVID-19 tests free of charge, regardless of immigration status, and no doctor’s note is needed. For people without COVID-19 symptoms, the County currently offers indoor and drive-through sites. People with symptoms are directed to drive-through sites to reduce the chance of getting others sick.

Appointment-based testing continues at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, with rotating appointment-only sites every week at cities throughout the County. Walk-ins continue to be accepted at standing pop-up sites in Gilroy and San Jose. There are also mobile testing buses appearing in various County locations.
 
 
Free COVID-19 Appointment Testing
  • Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Parking Lot A:
    • 344 Tully Rd., San Jose
    • Monday from 7 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Friday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • Click here to schedule an appointment.
Free COVID-19 Drop-In Testing
  • South County Annex (formerly Del Buono Elementary):
    • 9300 Wren Avenue, Gilroy
    • Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Gardner Health Services:
    • Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose
    • Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • AACI Health Center;
    • 749 Story Rd. #50, San Jose
    • Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Emmanuel Baptist Church:
    • 467 N. White Rd., San Jose
    • Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Residents can make appointments (often same day) and find more testing locations throughout the County at www.sccfreetest.org or by calling 2-1-1. 
Santa Clara County COVID-19 Case Numbers, Hospital Capacity, and Testing Dashboards Can Be Found Here
April 22 is Earth Day and the County of Santa Clara is celebrating all of April as Earth Month! You can find a list of tips and activities that help everybody tread a little lighter on the planet here.

New Clipper App for Paying Fares on 24 Bay Area Transit Systems
 
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has unveiled a new Clipper App which allows users to easily manage their Clipper cards and their Clipper account, and to plan transit trips around the Bay Area on the 24 transit systems that participate in the Clipper ticketing system.

Riders with iPhones and Apple Watches now have a new, contactless way to pay fares on buses, trains and ferries using Clipper. Adding a Clipper card to iPhone or Apple Watch is easy. Customers can add the card directly through Apple Wallet and load cash value with Apple Pay anytime, anywhere. Riders also can transfer the value from a plastic Clipper card to their iPhone.

Clipper will be coming to Google Pay in May.

Clipper on iPhone and Apple Watch works with Express Mode, which allows riders to quickly tag and pay for rides without having to use Face ID, Touch ID, wake or unlock their device, or open an app. Riders can simply hold their iPhone or their Apple Watch near the Clipper reader and then board the bus, train or ferry. They no longer need to touch a ticket vending machine or reload a Clipper card at a retailer.

To add a Clipper transit-fare payment card to Apple Wallet, you need iPhone 8 or later running the latest version of iOS, or an Apple Watch Series 3 or later running the latest version of watchOS. Once transferred, the physical Clipper card can no longer be used to pay for transit.

You can find more information, and download the app, here.

 
Substitute teachers are greatly needed at schools throughout Santa Clara County. Substitutes help provide excellent, challenging learning opportunities and experiences that prepare students for success. You can find more information about becoming a substitute teacher from the Santa Clara County Office of Education at tinyurl.com/SCCOESubstitutes.

sjDANCEco Holding Virtual Dance Festival Through April 25
 

sjDANCEco is holding its 19th annual Dance Festival virtually this year from April 19-25.

Each day they will be highlighting dancers and choreographers from around the Bay Area. 

If you sign up to virtually attend the festival, you will receive a daily email during the festival that includes links to five to seven dances each day.

You can find more information and sign up here.

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


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