Santa Clara County, CA– Low and unpredictable vaccine supply by the State of California has created many logistical challenges for the County and a reduction in the number of appointments available to eligible community members. Today, the County Health System notified several thousand Kaiser patients that their vaccine appointments scheduled between March 11 and March 21 will be transferred back to Kaiser. The County is transferring Kaiser patients’ appointments to Kaiser because the State has assured Kaiser it will have sufficient vaccine for its members and its vaccine sites, while the County has received no such commitment for the uninsured and vulnerable populations we serve.
The affected patients are all Kaiser members under age 75 with appointments for first or second doses through the County. The County has communicated with Kaiser, and Kaiser will prioritize scheduling vaccine appointments through its system for those patients being transferred. The decision to transfer these patients back to Kaiser for their vaccine appointments was made after careful consideration of the available options. The County’s priority remains ensuring access to vaccine for communities most impacted by COVID-19, and this transfer of appointments will prevent additional cancellations of vaccination clinics and appointments.