COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The first COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for use in the United States. Hundreds of millions of people have now received these safe and effective vaccines. The Public Health Department strongly recommends that anyone aged 12 and above get vaccinated now.

All individuals age 12 and older who live, work, or attend school in Santa Clara County are eligible to be vaccinated.

New appointments are regularly added by the County of Santa Clara Health System and other providers. Please check this website for updates. Many providers also provide drop-in opportunities for vaccination. See below for more information.

 

Drop-In Vaccination Clinics (No Appointments Required)

Providers throughout the county have drop-in vaccination sites available. Sites offer accessible services for people with disabilities and those with other access or functional needs. When you arrive, if you need an accommodation, alert the staff on site. No appointments are needed for the following sites:

 

Saturday
May 15
Sunday
May 16
Monday
May 17
Tuesday
May 18

Fairgrounds Expo Hall:
2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San Jose, CA 95111
8:30am-4pm

Eastridge Mall:
2190 Eastridge Loop #1402, San Jose, CA 95122
9am-4pm

Overfelt High School:
1835 Cunningham Avenue, San Jose, CA 95122
10am-5pm

Ravenswood Family Health Network (Mountain View):
900 Miramonte Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94040
8am-noon

Fairgrounds Expo Hall:
2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San Jose, CA 95111
8:30am-4pm

Eastridge Mall:
2190 Eastridge Loop #1402, San Jose, CA 95122
9am-4pm

Overfelt High School:
1835 Cunningham Avenue, San Jose, CA 95122
9am-4pm

Tully Community Branch Library
880 Tully Road
San Jose, CA 95111
9am-4pm (18+ only)

Fairgrounds Expo Hall:
2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San Jose, CA 95111
8:30am-4pm

Eastridge Mall:
2190 Eastridge Loop #1402, San Jose, CA 95122
11am-6pm

Gilroy High School:
750 W. 10th St., Gilroy, CA 95020
8:30am-3:30pm

North East Medical Services:
1870 Lundy Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131
8:30am-11:30am; 1pm-4pm

Bay Area Community Health
VTA Santa Teresa Station:
6360 Santa Teresa Blvd
San Jose, CA 95119

9:00am-4pm

El Camino Health Sunnyvale:
1030 West Maude Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
7:45am-4:30pm

County Service Center (Berger):
1555 Berger Drive, San Jose, CA 95112
8:30am-4:30pm

Five Wounds Church:
1375 E. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95116

11am-5pm

Fairgrounds Expo Hall:
2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San Jose, CA 95111
8:30am-8pm

Eastridge Mall:
2190 Eastridge Loop #1402, San Jose, CA 95122
11am-6pm

Gilroy High School:
750 W. 10th St., Gilroy, CA 95020
8:30am-3:30pm

North East Medical Services:
1870 Lundy Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131
8:30am-11:30am; 1pm-4pm

Bay Area Community Health
VTA Santa Teresa Station:
6360 Santa Teresa Blvd
San Jose, CA 95119

9:00am-4pm

El Camino Health Sunnyvale:
1030 West Maude Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
7:45am-4:30pm

Emmanuel Baptist Church:
467 North White Road, San Jose, CA 95127
9am-6pm

Mexican Heritage Plaza (Gardner Health):
1700 Alum Rock Avenue
San Jose, CA 95116

1:30pm-5pm

Wednesday
May 19
Thursday
May 20
Friday
May 21
Saturday
May 22

Fairgrounds Expo Hall:
2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San Jose, CA 95111
8:30am-8pm

Eastridge Mall:
2190 Eastridge Loop #1402, San Jose, CA 95122
11am-6pm

Gilroy High School:
750 W. 10th St., Gilroy, CA 95020
8:30am-3:30pm

North East Medical Services:
1870 Lundy Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131
8:30am-11:30am; 1pm-4pm

Bay Area Community Health
VTA Santa Teresa Station:
6360 Santa Teresa Blvd
San Jose, CA 95119

9:00am-4pm

El Camino Health Sunnyvale:
1030 West Maude Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
7:45am-8pm

Emmanuel Baptist Church:
467 North White Road, San Jose, CA 95127
9am-6pm

Mexican Heritage Plaza (Gardner Health):
1700 Alum Rock Avenue
San Jose, CA 95116

12pm-5pm

Edenvale Elementary School:
285 Azucar Avenue
San Jose, CA 95111

1pm-8pm

Fairgrounds Expo Hall:
2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San Jose, CA 95111
8:30am-8pm

Eastridge Mall:
2190 Eastridge Loop #1402, San Jose, CA 95122
11am-6pm

Gilroy High School:
750 W. 10th St., Gilroy, CA 95020
8:30am-3:30pm

North East Medical Services:
1870 Lundy Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131
8:30am-11:30am; 1pm-4pm; Thursdays: Drive-Thru Clinic

Bay Area Community Health
VTA Santa Teresa Station:
6360 Santa Teresa Blvd
San Jose, CA 95119

9:00am-4pm

El Camino Health Sunnyvale:
1030 West Maude Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
7:45am-4:30pm

Emmanuel Baptist Church:
467 North White Road, San Jose, CA 95127
9am-6pm

County Service Center (Berger):
1555 Berger Drive, San Jose, CA 95112
8:30am-4:30pm

Mexican Heritage Plaza (Gardner Health):
1700 Alum Rock Avenue
San Jose, CA 95116

1:30pm-5pm

Overfelt High School:
1835 Cunningham Avenue, San Jose, CA 95122
9am-4pm

Boynton High School:
901 Boynton Avenue
San Jose, CA 95117

10am-5pm

Fairgrounds Expo Hall:
2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San Jose, CA 95111
8:30am-4pm

Eastridge Mall:
2190 Eastridge Loop #1402, San Jose, CA 95122
11am-6pm

Gilroy High School:
750 W. 10th St., Gilroy, CA 95020
8:30am-3:30pm; Youth event for teens & family:
 2pm-4:30pm

North East Medical Services:
1870 Lundy Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131
8:30am-11:30am; 1pm-4pm

Bay Area Community Health
VTA Santa Teresa Station:
6360 Santa Teresa Blvd
San Jose, CA 95119

9:00am-4pm

El Camino Health Sunnyvale:
1030 West Maude Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
7:45am-4:30pm

Emmanuel Baptist Church:
467 North White Road, San Jose, CA 95127
9am-6pm

Overfelt High School:
1835 Cunningham Avenue, San Jose, CA 95122
11am-6pm

Wilcox High School:
3250 Monroe Street, Santa Clara, CA 95051
1:30pm-7:30pm

Fairgrounds Expo Hall:
2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San Jose, CA 95111
8:30am-4pm

Eastridge Mall:
2190 Eastridge Loop #1402, San Jose, CA 95122
9am-4pm

Overfelt High School:
1835 Cunningham Avenue, San Jose, CA 95122
10am-5pm

James Lick High School:
23 N. White Road
San Jose, CA 95127

10am-5pm

 

Book a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

Individuals who are eligible to be vaccinated are encouraged, but not required, to contact their healthcare system to make an appointment. Under the County’s “no wrong door” policy, all providers below (with the exception of the VA) are able to vaccinate eligible patients regardless of your healthcare provider or insurance. See below for scheduling options by provider. Check back regularly, new appointments are being added daily.

Sites offer accessible services for people with disabilities and those with other access or functional needs. When you arrive, if you need an accommodation, alert the staff on site.

1 Sites available in San Jose, Gilroy, Santa Clara, and Mountain View.
2 Currently vaccinating all enrolled Veterans who wish to receive the vaccine. ​
Clinic is for 16 and 17 year olds who meet eligibility criteria

Learn More About the Vaccines

Fact Sheets issued by the U.S. federal government are available.

Fact Sheets issued by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

More information about Fact Sheets.

Free Transportation to Vaccination Locations

Santa Clara County, VTA has created an interactive map for the public to find a list of the current vaccination locations, along with the bus or light rail routes to take to each site. Transit trips to vaccination sites are free.

The County and VTA have launched a free, door-to-door service to transport patients to their vaccine appointments.  Accessible VTA paratransit vehicles will pick patients up, take them to their appointment, wait for them, and then provide the return trip. Anyone for whom transportation is a barrier to getting vaccinated can utilize this service, 7 days per week. Call the COVID-19 Assistance Navigation (CAN-19) resource hotline at 408-809-2124 at least 48 hours prior to your vaccine appointment to request this no cost service. VTA can provide up to 50 rides per day.

      All individuals age 12 and older who live, work, or attend school in Santa Clara County are eligible to be vaccinated.

      To demonstrate eligibility at County Health System vaccination sites, you should bring a document showing that you live, work, or attend school in Santa Clara County.

      Please note that the requirements at vaccination sites run by other providers, such as Kaiser, Stanford, or Palo Alto Medical Foundation, may be different.

      The County understands some individuals do not have an updated photo ID or traditional paystub and will accept any reasonable document. For convenience, below are examples of documents the County will accept.​

      Proof that you live in Santa Clara County

      Proof that you work in Santa Clara County

      Proof that you attend school in Santa Clara County

      • Government-issued ID (current or expired)
      • Utility bill
      • Rental agreement
      • Library card
      • Postmarked letter
      • Vehicle registration or insurance
      • Letter from landlord
      • Court document showing name and address
      • Letter or document from a faith-based organization, shelter, or non-profit institution with the name/address of issuing organization
      • Membership card such as union, YMCA, store club card, fitness center, etc.
      • Lease agreement, utility bill, or other document providing address and name of individual that you live with and letter from that individual that they live with you
      • Work ID
      • Paystub showing work address
      • Letter from employer showing work address and that you work for them
      • Letter from union showing your work address 
      • Letter or document from a faith-based organization, shelter, or non-profit institution with the name/address of issuing organization
      • Student ID
      • Registration
      • Tuition Statement
      • Class Schedule
      • Transcript

       

      Under the County’s ‘no wrong door’ policy, all providers (with the exception of the VA) will vaccinate eligible patients regardless of your healthcare provider or insurance. See above for the latest options on how to book an appointment or find a drop-in site for your vaccination.​​​​​

      Depending on where you receive the vaccine, you may or may not be given a choice of options. The County Health System offers either Pfizer or Moderna (2-dose mRNA vaccines) at all of its vaccination clinics. In addition, the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available upon request.

      Yes, all of the County Health System vaccination sites are ADA compliant.​

      Each vaccination clinic has a special workflow to ensure individuals with disabilities can safely and comfortably access the site. Each site has designated parking for anyone with mobility challenges. Wheelchairs are available as needed onsite to provide access to registration, vaccination, and observation areas to minimize distances to walk between stations.​

      COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost, but they are only available to eligible individuals.​​​

      If there are appointments available, eligible individuals who received their first vaccination dose in another county, may register to receive their second dose in Santa Clara County. You can schedule your appointment online at vax.sccgov.org or call (408) 970-2000. In addition, drop-in vaccination sites will accept drop-ins for second dose appointments. How do I cancel an appointment with the County Health System?

      Right now, the way to cancel an appointment is the call Valley Connections at 408-970-2000.  We are working on additional methods to cancel appointments and expect to have more options soon.

        All authorized COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large clinical trials with tens of thousands of volunteers of different ages, races, and ethnicities to ensure their safety and effectiveness. The FDA, CDC, and ACIP have all evaluated the trial information and determined the vaccines to be safe, effective, and of high quality. These groups are continuing to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines to make sure even very rare side effects are identified and appropriate precautions are taken.​

        The vaccines were developed rapidly because:

        1. manufacturing started while the clinical trials were still underway (normally manufacturing doesn’t begin until after completion of the trials);
        2. mRNA vaccines are faster to produce than other kinds of vaccines,
        3. FDA and CDC were and are prioritizing the review process for COVID-19 vaccines; and
        4. researchers used existing clinical trial networks to quickly begin conducting the COVID vaccine trials.

        Patients with underlying medical conditions can receive the vaccine. In fact, it is important that this group be vaccinated because they are at increased risk of having severe COVID-19 illness. Immunocompromised individuals (for example, persons living with HIV, transplant recipients, and those taking immunosuppressive medications) may receive the COVID-19 vaccines. However, because sufficient data is not yet available to establish vaccine efficacy in this population, immunocompromised individuals should be counseled by their healthcare provider on the potential for reduced immune response to the vaccine and the need to continue to follow all current guidance to protect themselves against COVID-19 even after getting vaccinated.​​​

        Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are safe for you and your baby.

        • The vaccines protect expectant mothers. Individuals who get COVID-19 while pregnant are at increased risk of severe illness. The vaccine will keep you safer.
        • If you are trying to get pregnant, the vaccine is also recommended for you. There is no evidence it affects fertility.
        • COVID-19 vaccine is safe for the developing baby. Research suggests that getting vaccinated both protects mothers and also passes on antibodies to babies that better protect them.
        • Vaccination helps avoid pregnancy complications. People who get COVID-19 are at increased risk of pre-term birth.

        Talk to your doctor for more information about vaccines and pregnancy.

        Almost everyone should get vaccinated against COVID-19.

        Individuals with a history of allergic reactions that are not related to vaccines or injectable therapies may receive a COVID-19 vaccine. For example, people who are allergic to food, pets, venom, pollen, latex, or oral medications should get vaccinated against COVID-19.

        A very few people may be allergic to a component of one of the vaccines. Those individuals are usually recommended to receive a different type of COVID-19 vaccine. For example, people who cannot receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines may be recommended to receive the J&J vaccine. If you know you are allergic to an ingredient in some of the vaccines, talk to a special kind of doctor called an allergist-immunologist before receiving the vaccine.

        If you had a severe reaction to a different vaccine (not COVID-19) or injectable medication in the past, also talk to your doctor before getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

        Individuals who are currently sick with COVID-19 disease should not receive the vaccine until the person has recovered from acute illness and criteria have been met to discontinue isolation.

        Individuals who received passive antibody (monoclonal antibodies or convalescent serum) as treatment for COVID-19 should defer vaccination for at least 90 days after antibody therapy.

        In April 2021, the federal government and vaccine manufacturer investigated rare health incidents in a very small number of people out of the nearly 7 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered nationwide. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) and the Western States Scientific Safety Review (WSSSR) found that the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine is safe and that health providers should resume its administration to prevent community spread and severe illness and death from COVID-19. These groups also recommended that the vaccine include a warning label so that members of the public can make an informed decision about this vaccine. The County Public Health Department has a fact sheet about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine available here.

        It is important to remember that the vaccines were studied with tens of thousands of volunteers of different ages, races, and backgrounds and have been safely administered to millions of people nationwide. Studies have found that serious side effects are very rare, and the vaccines are very safe.

        The County Health System offers either Pfizer or Moderna (2-dose mRNA vaccines) at all of its vaccination clinics. In addition, the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available upon request.

          Very effective. Clinical trials involving tens of thousands of individuals have demonstrated that the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen (also known as Johnson & Johnson) vaccines are highly effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19.

          ​Starting from two weeks after receiving the second dose for Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna or the single dose Janssen/Johnson & Johnson​​.​​​​​

          Yes. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for administration in patients aged 12 years and older.  All County Health System sites currently offer the Pfizer vaccine. The Moderna and Janssen/J&J vaccines are only authorized in patients aged 18 years and older.

          A consent form signed by a parent, legal guardian, or other adult with legal custody is required for anyone under the age of 18 to get vaccinated. This form is available online and at the vaccination site. If the parent/guardian is not present, they must be available by phone at the time of the appointment.

          Vaccine recipients commonly experience mild to moderate side effects that occur within the first three days of vaccination and resolve within 1-3 days of onset. These are normal signs that your body is building protection. Common side effects include mild to moderate pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site and/or mild to moderate flu-like symptoms (for example, fever, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle aches). Serious side effects are very rare.

          We have strong evidence that being vaccinated will prevent you from getting severely ill and dying from COVID-19. There may be a small chance that you can still get an asymptomatic infection or mild illness, but growing evidence suggests that being vaccinated makes this possibility much less likely than if you were never vaccinated.

          It’s important to keep in mind that it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it is possible a person could contract COVID-19 shortly after vaccination and get sick because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.​

          Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had a COVID-19 infection. If you were treated for COVID-19 with intravenous monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID vaccine. Otherwise, you can receive a vaccine dose after you have recovered from acute illness and have completed your isolation period. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatment you received or if you have more questions about getting a vaccine. Experts do not yet know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Note: Some healthcare organizations may prioritize for vaccination those who have not had a previous infection in the prior 90 days.​​​​​​

          Yes. The CDC recommends that all persons who have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past be vaccinated. Individuals should complete their quarantine period prior to visiting a vaccination site.​​​

          Yes. At this time, unless a public health order or directive says otherwise, a person’s vaccination status does not exempt them from State and County public health orders and directives. The County will evaluate new data and evidence regarding the effects of vaccination as they come in, and may adjust this policy in the future.​

          No, if you meet all of the following criteria:

          • Your exposure occurred after 14 days and less than 90 days after the completion of your vaccine series
          • You do not have any COVID-19 symptoms
          • You are not an inpatient or resident in a healthcare setting or facility

          As more community members become fully vaccinated and as the CDC and California Department of Public Health are updating their guidance, the County has modified its recommendations as well. Fully vaccinated persons do not need to be tested in many circumstances that do still require testing for unvaccinated persons. For example, fully vaccinated persons do not need to be tested upon return from domestic travel (although they do still need to be tested after arriving from international travel). Fully vaccinated persons can gather safely indoors, un-masked, with other fully vaccinated persons.​

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