County officials announced on Tuesday that residents of Santa Clara County are 65 and older.
Residents of that age range can now schedule appointments for appointments starting on Wednesday and beyond through the county website.
Extended eligibility for vaccine allocation follows the state’s current guidance.
The county’s assistant public health officer Drs. “Older residents and occupants in skilled nursing facilities remain at greatest risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19,” said Monica Roy.
As of Monday, more than 160,300 individuals have been vaccinated in Santa Clara County by the county, private health care providers and other vaccine distributors.
The county’s health system is the largest provider of the COVID-19 vaccine, county officials said. So far, it has delivered approximately 60,000 first doses and has a weekly capacity to provide 30,000 vaccine appointments per week.
Residents can make appointments at mass vaccination sites located at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose’s Berger Drive and Mountain View Community Center.
According to the county’s Department of Public Health, the county is also vaccinating qualified individuals at several Valley Health Center locations, including 600 people per day in Giloy.
The Chief Medical Officer for the county, Drs. Jennifer Tong said, “As the vaccine becomes available to more of our residents, the county continues its deep commitment to equity and ensures access to our communities.” Santa Clara Health System.
The county is also partnering with community clinics and has started a pilot mobile vaccination clinic to ensure vaccine access to residents and employees of long-term care facilities.
“We are coordinating efforts with the local fire department and emergency medical service providers and sending vaccines to the area to ensure that those at greatest risk are vaccinated as soon as possible,” Roy said .
County officials say the ability to expand vaccine eligibility is dependent on vaccine supply.
This week, the county received 20,125 additional first doses of the vaccine, which, according to the county public health department, “has the potential to deliver much lower doses than health systems in the county”.
Residents can find more information about vaccine allocation and administration by health care providers on the county’s COVID-19 vaccine dashboard.
People can visit sccfreevax.org to see the latest updates on vaccine eligibility or to schedule a vaccination appointment.