In-Home Vaccination Program

The County of Santa Clara has launched a free In-Home Vaccination Program for individuals who are unable to leave their place of residence.

The longer you wait to get vaccinated, the greater the risk of contracting COVID-19, and infecting a friend, loved one, or coworker. To reduce wait time for all, individuals who are able to reach a county vaccination site with assistance are highly encouraged to make an appointment at sccfreevax.org. The county offers drive-through vaccination services at Emmanuel Baptist Church and San Martin Clinic in South County. Please see below for a summary of available accommodations at each site. Individuals who need help with transportation may call 408-809-2124 to schedule free VTA Paratransit rides to and from vaccination sites. All county vaccine clinics provide accommodations for physical disabilities or sensory and behavioral challenges.  The County’s Guide for Disability and Functional Needs Access at Santa Clara County Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Sites details the features offered at each location.  

Vaccination Site Available Services
Emmanuel Baptist Church, San Jose
  • Reserved parking for VTA transports and disabled
  • Separate lane and seating area for intellectually/developmentally disabled.
  • Separate observation area for those with impaired mobility
  • Private area with cot
San Martin Clinic, between Morgan Hill and Gilroy
  • Drive-thru vaccination in the parking lot of the Environmental Health building
  • Patients who prefer to remain in their vehicles should inform the greeter at the site when they arrive.
  • ADA friendly access to vaccination at the County Animal Services building next door, with easy drop-off space in front
  • Private area with cot inside

Individuals with health insurance are also invited to check with their health insurance provider about in-home vaccination coverage, as some do offer this service.

For a patient to be eligible to receive home-based vaccination under the County of Santa Clara’s Program, the patient must be “confined to the home” (homebound) under the definition used by the federal Medicare program. A person is considered “confined to the home” if BOTH of the criteria below are met:

  • The patient generally cannot leave his or her home because of a medical condition or disability; AND
  • When he or she does leave home, it requires a considerable and taxing effort and assistance.

Individuals or their caregiver, healthcare provider, family member, or friend may submit a request here to begin the process.

Apply for the in-home vaccination program

For those individuals who cannot access the online form, you may contact 408-970-2818 or email [email protected].

A representative will make contact to complete an intake form and schedule an appointment for the individual and any other eligible household members. Intake representatives are available Monday through Friday in both English, Spanish and additional languages if needed. The time frame of the appointment is determined by program staff availability.

Eligible individuals will be vaccinated at their place of residence by one of the following: A Public Health Nurse, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic from a Fire Department partner or Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provider. There will be a 15- to 30-minute observation period to monitor the individual’s reaction to the vaccine.

If you have any questions, contact the In-Home Vaccination Team at 408-970-2818 or [email protected]

How can I apply for the free In-Home Vaccination Program?

Individuals or their caregiver, healthcare provider, family member, or friend may submit a request here to begin the process.

Apply for the in-home vaccination program

For those individuals who cannot access the online form, you may contact 408-970-2818 or email [email protected].

How is eligibility determined?

For a patient to be eligible to receive home-based vaccination under the County of Santa Clara’s Program, the patient must be “confined to the home” (homebound) under the definition used by the federal Medicare program. A person is considered “confined to the home” if BOTH of the criteria below are met:

  • The patient generally cannot leave his or her home because of a medical condition or disability; AND
  • When he or she does leave home, it requires a considerable and taxing effort and assistance.

Household members age 12 and older who live, work, or attend school in Santa Clara County may also request to be vaccinated alongside the individual.

What happens once my request is submitted to the program?

Once your request is submitted, a representative will make contact to complete an intake form and schedule an appointment.

Does the call center provide support for multiple languages?

Representatives are available in both English and Spanish and will also have access to translation services.

When can I expect to be vaccinated?

The time frame of an appointment is determined by program staff availability. It may take 1-4 weeks after you submit your request to get vaccinated.

Who will administer the vaccine to me?

Eligible individuals will be vaccinated at their place of residence by a Public Health Nurse, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic from a Fire Department partner or Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provider in Santa Clara County. There will be a 15- to 30-minute wait to monitor the individual’s reaction to the vaccine.

I submitted a request for an in-home vaccination but I have not heard back from a representative. What do I do now?

If you have submitted your materials, the program will be in touch with you as soon as possible. Please double-check your voicemails and junk email folder, as we find that many individuals accidentally miss calls and emails from the program. If it has been over 1 week since your submission and a representative has not contacted you, call (408)970-2818 or email [email protected].

What if I am not eligible for the In-Home Vaccination Program?

Individuals who are not eligible for the In-Home Vaccination Program are encouraged to make an appointment at sccfreevax.org, with their healthcare provider, or at a local retail pharmacy.

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