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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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I hope this finds you well.

All healthcare personnel in California are now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine under the expanded eligibility criteria for Phase 1A announced by the State this week.

The following groups and occupations are all now eligible to receive the vaccine: hospital staff, staff and residents of long-term care facilities, medical first responders, staff at dialysis centers, home healthcare workers and those in intermediate care facilities, community health workers, promotoras, public health field staff, primary care clinic staff, workers at specialty clinics, lab workers, dental clinic staff, behavioral health workers, pharmacy staff, mortuary staff, and others.

The state and federal criteria for who is eligible to be vaccinated has been changing every few days, and there are likely to be even more changes when the Biden Administration begins on January 20. The most current information about who is currently eligible to get vaccinated is available from the California Department of Public Health here.

This week, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center will have six different locations providing vaccinations.  Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Kaiser have begun providing vaccine to their eligible patients. Stanford Healthcare and El Camino will begin online scheduling this week.

All vaccinations are currently appointment-based only. To learn more about scheduling appointments and other vaccine information, visit

Once all of those eligible under Phase 1A have been offered the vaccine, the state will allow counties to move on to Phase 1B which includes people 75 years of age or older and frontline essential workers.


The U.S. Small Business Administration has reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers as part of the federal stimulus bill passed by Congress last month.

Initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13. Shortly thereafter, the PPP will open to all participating lenders. Updated guidance outlining program changes was released on January 6. 

This round of the PPP authorizes up to $284 billion to support small businesses with job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021. Certain existing PPP borrowers will be allowed to apply for a second PPP Loan.  Click here to learn more

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, January 12, through Friday, January 15, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • San Ysidro Park:
    • 7700 Murray Ave., Gilroy
    • Wednesday, January 13, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Emmanuel Baptist Church:
    • 467 N. White Rd., San Jose
    • Tuesday, January 12, through Friday, January 15, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 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 Santa Clara County Library District has eliminated fines for late returns including books, magazines, music, and movies. While the District has not charged late fines for children’s materials for years, the new change covers materials for all ages. The fine free policy went into effect on January 1 to kick off the new year.

Existing late fines will also be forgiven, so patrons can start the year with a clean slate. Patrons may not see existing fines removed from their accounts until later in the month. Fees for lost items will remain, and the processing fees have been reduced for most items. Please visit the website for details.
The District has also recently launched a new auto-renewal feature. This automatically extends due dates on eligible physical materials that have been checked out from any of the district's libraries. There are a few requirements for eligibility, including having more available copies than holds. The maximum number of renewals allowed for any one item is five. Patrons will receive notifications with each successful auto-renewal.

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

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