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COVID-19 Updates for Santa Clara County

Latest news for our community.
January 9, 2021

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Dear Neighbors,

We have encouraging news! We have vaccinated over 47,000 health care workers, including fire fighters. This total does not count others who have been vaccinated through federal programs and pharmacies, like CVS and Walgreens. Standing up vaccination clinics has been an extraordinary testament to the partnerships between the County and health care providers.

“Healthcare systems throughout the county have made great progress in vaccinating staff in the first tiers of Phase 1A despite the fact that we are in the midst of an extremely difficult surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and the first vaccine shipments arrived over the holidays,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Health Officer and Public Health Director for the County of Santa Clara. “We’re very happy that the state has expanded the eligibility for vaccination to all healthcare workers, and we urge those individuals to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Get your vaccine if you are eligible.  With the California Department of Public Health’s announcement to expand eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination to all healthcare personnel under any tier of Phase 1A, healthcare systems throughout the county are working tirelessly to ensure that all eligible individuals receive the vaccine. New shipments arrive each week.

To schedule a vaccination appointment, healthcare personnel should contact their health care provider if they are a patient of Kaiser Permanente, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Stanford Healthcare, or Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Hospitals and Clinics. Healthcare workers who are not patients of those entities can be vaccinated through the County’s Health and Hospital system, or through other providers including El Camino Health.

As more people receive the vaccine, all of us, including those who get vaccinated, must continue to wear masks and social distance. The vaccine is another good layer of protection, but until we achieve herd immunity with over 80% of people vaccinated, we need to continue safety measures.  

Thank you and happy Saturday!
County of Santa Clara

 
Santa Clara County is currently in Phase 1A of vaccine distribution.

 

Other good things to know...

We are requiring businesses to close workplace kitchens and break rooms for eating, drinking, and gathering to help reduce spread of the virus. These areas are particularly high-risk spaces because they tend to be small and/or poorly ventilated, and people may remove their masks to eat and drink.
We have come to understand that the virus works largely undercover. According to the CDC, more than 50% of all infections are transmitted from people who do not have symptoms. This means COVID is spreading silently and sneakily. Protect yourself and your community. Let's keep each other safe. 
When is it your turn? The vaccine is rolled out in a sequence set by federal and state governments. There is Phase 1A, Phase 1B, Phase 1C and Phase 2. Get to know our vaccine webpage. It's full of information you'll need when it's your turn to get vaccinated. 

Vaccine Distribution and Important Updates

 
Dr. Cody and Dr. Fenstersheib announced more good news about vaccines in Santa Clara County.

In Someone's Words...

"The County’s healthcare system alone expects to reach 4,000 vaccinations per day by the end of next week, with additional capacity expected to come online in the weeks to come."
-- Dr. Jennifer Tong, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Hospitals and Clinics


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