FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2021
Santa Clara County, CA – Getting a COVID-19 vaccination has never been easier, and County officials urge all residents ages 12 and up to take advantage of the myriad free opportunities -- many of which offer no-appointment vaccinations.
There are expanded hours on evenings and weekends at some County-operated sites, and residents can also opt to get inoculated at one of the clinics operating out of local pharmacies including CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart, Costco, Safeway and Lucky.
“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.
“The County is working to ensure everyone has access to the vaccine and can get it easily,” said Dr. Rocio Luna, Deputy County Executive for the County of Santa Clara. “With the approval of the Pfizer vaccine for 12- to-15-year olds, we ask parents and guardians to help children get their vaccine at one of the County’s many accessible sites. This is the best way to slow the pandemic and return to normalcy.”
Nearly 74% of Santa Clara County residents over the age of 16 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and over 54% have completed their vaccination.
With the recent approval of the Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds, the County of Santa Clara will ensure that Pfizer vaccine is available at all mass vaccination sites and at all general community-based mobile sites. The County is also working with pediatricians throughout the area to ensure they are prepared to vaccinate their patients.
Getting vaccinated saves lives, prevents the spread of dangerous variants, and helps the community emerge from the pandemic. The County’s outreach continues to focus on equity and getting vaccines to the hardest-hit communities and those with the greatest barriers to access.
There are multiple opportunities for all eligible community members to get vaccinated throughout Santa Clara County, including expanded drop-in clinics with evening and weekend hours, same-day appointments, and mobile and in-home vaccine clinics. Vaccination sites throughout the county will continue to accept drop-ins for COVID-19 vaccines in the coming week, and same-day appointments are also available throughout the county, including the Eastridge Mall. Anyone age 12 and older who lives, works, or attends school in Santa Clara County is eligible for vaccination. Drop-in availability is subject to supply and capacity limitations.
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