Santa Clara County Coronavirus Update: 5/9 – 5/16/2021

With Summer Break fast approaching, more and more teens are getting vaccinated.

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Tula Basta, 14, prepares to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination at a drive-thru vaccine clinic on May 13, 2021 in San Jose, California.

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On May 15, Santa Clara made a resounding announcement. Vaccine sites will now all be a walk-in and free of appointments.

“Everything is lined up and in place to make getting a vaccine as simple and hassle-free as possible,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Officer. “We have the vaccine supply, we have the facilities, we have friendly staff ready and waiting. If you haven’t yet protected yourself and the community from COVID-19 by getting vaccinated, now is definitely the time to do so.” 

For the latest information about vaccines and appointments, visit the County’s vaccine website at sccfreevax.org. 

Santa Clara County has already made significant progress in vaccinating the populace. Currently, 74% of residents over the age of 16 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and over 54% have been fully vaccinated. Soon, Santa Clara may finally reach the elusive herd immunity mark for Covid-19.

“We are definitely moving in the right direction and appreciate the enthusiasm,” Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez said.

Furthermore, vaccinations have already expanded to those 12 and up. 

This is fantastic news,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Health Officer and Director of Public Health for the County of Santa Clara. “The Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective, and I’m thrilled that more of our young people can now get vaccinated to protect themselves, protect their community, and safely return to more activities.”

12 to 17-years old, however, must have a consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian to get their vaccinations. For County-operated sites, the consent form is available online.  

Despite the very recent news, many teens have already gotten their vaccinations. In the south bay, a vaccination site reported 500 13 to 15-year-olds vaccinated in just 2 days. With more than 14,000 13 to 15-year-olds signed up for appointments next week.

“Our children are not immune from this virus. As a father, it has been difficult to see our children isolated from one another,” said Supervisor Otto Lee. “Getting our children vaccinated is vital for their physical and emotional well-being. With summer right around the corner, I am thrilled that so many community partners have joined us in this effort to get more teens vaccinated.”

With summer fast approaching and the school year winding to a close, rapidly vaccinating the populace has become the top priority for health officials. The light at the end of the tunnel is growing brighter and brighter as the return to normalcy has finally come underway.