With the Holidays Approaching and Vaccine Protection Decreasing with Time, Residents are Encouraged to Get a Booster Shot Now

November 10, 2021

COVID-19 booster vaccine is appropriate for almost everyone 18 and older 6 months following the last Pfizer or Moderna vaccination, or 2 months following the Johnson & Johnson vaccination

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. – The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department recommends all eligible members of the public who live or work in Santa Clara County receive a COVID-19 booster shot. The booster is appropriate for almost everyone ages 18 and older 6 months following the last Pfizer or Moderna vaccination, or 2 months following the Johnson & Johnson vaccination.

As of November 9, only 206,765 members of the Santa Clara County community had received their booster shot.  

Protecting families, schools, workplaces, and ourselves becomes even more important with the Thanksgiving holiday just two weeks away and so many people traveling and gathering with family and friends. While community case rates in the County are currently flat, rates elsewhere in the state are steadily increasing and the initial vaccine protection is proving to decrease over time.

“We want to safeguard the public and prevent a COVID-19 surge as the holiday season approaches,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Health Officer and Director of Public Health, County of Santa Clara. “We ask everyone who can to sign up for a booster shot to protect themselves, their family and their friends. Get your booster now and make your Thanksgiving gathering safer.”

“We have plenty of booster vaccination doses and more can be acquired for booster shots,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 Vaccine Officer, County of Santa Clara. “This is a safe and easy way to make the holidays safer for our loved ones.”

The State of California recently informed local health jurisdictions and providers to allow patients to self-determine their risk of exposure and to not turn a patient away who is requesting a booster: https://eziz.org/assets/docs/COVID19/CDPHBoosterLetter.LHJsandProviders.pdf

County clinics are taking appointments at www.sccfreevax.org and many locations readily accept walk-in patients for booster shots. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are all available within the County. Additionally, many doctor offices and pharmacies provide COVID-19 boosters.

Vaccinations through the County are no-cost to the public, insurance is not required, and there are no immigration requirements.

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