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New Mountain View vaccination clinic opens for those 6 months and older

Luke, 3, has a spot on his arm disinfected by registered nurse Loverna Salacup before receiving his COVID-19 vaccine while sitting on his father, Mike Brinker, at a vaccination site in Mountain View on June 22, 2022. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

For local parent Mike Brinker, watching his 3-year-old son, Luke, finally get his COVID-19 vaccine on June 22 was an emotional experience.

"He actually has two major medical issues: he's got a hole in his heart, and he has only one kidney," a teary-eyed Brinker told the Voice. "So we had no idea throughout this virus what would even happen if he got it. To have two and a half years of just 'we don't know' – and the socialization, the lack of it, not having him go out and be able to hang out with other kids – it's just been really hard. This is a big deal."

Brinker's son is one of a few hundred children ages 6 months to 5 years old who have received their first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine at the Santa Clara County Public Health Department's newest vaccination site in Mountain View, which opened June 21. The site at 435 San Antonio Road is currently open by appointment. Anyone 6 months or older can now receive a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 shot following approvals last week from the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hannah, 2, draws next to her mother, Margot Du Manoir, after receiving her COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site in Mountain View on June 22, 2022. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

"This site came up very quickly," said Sheila Tuna, director of COVID-19 mass testing and operations. "We just signed the lease last Tuesday and transformed it and opened it up into a vaccine clinic within the week, because we knew these approvals were coming really quickly."

Parent Margot du Manoir said the vaccination site couldn't have come at a better time for her family. Her 2-year-old daughter, Hannah, got her shot on June 22.

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"We're traveling on Saturday to a different country for a trip that we've been waiting for for three years," du Manoir said. "She's 2 and a half and she hasn't met family. It's just starting to feel like maybe we can do things safely and be OK."

Kids as young as 6 months, the youngest age allowed to get inoculated, got their shots June 22. Parent Jon Thacker said it was a relief to know his 6-month-old son, Sebastian, could get the vaccine so early in his life. As licensed vocational nurse Monica Somawang administered the shot, Sebastian barely noticed the needle go in and didn't bat an eye.

Licensed vocational nurse Monica Somawang administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Sebastian, 6 months old, while his father, Jon Thacker, holds him at a vaccination site in Mountain View on June 22, 2022. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

"We can feel a little bit better about going out into the world," Thacker said.

As parents arrived with toddlers in tow on June 22, they moved quickly and efficiently through the site with little to no wait time or line. The check in process takes a few minutes before patients move into the vaccination area. There's a recommended 15 minute waiting period after receiving the shot, and the site has tables set up where kids can doodle while they wait.

"We're excited for people coming out to get their children vaccinated," Tuna said. "This is the last group that we've been waiting for, so a lot of excited children are coming out here and we're happy to have this open for the community."

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Appointments can be made online at vax.sccgov.org, or by calling the Valley Connection Call Center 408-970-2000. All are welcome regardless of immigration or insurance status.

Clinical staff and nurses administer COVID-19 vaccines at a vaccination site for anyone six months and older in Mountain View on June 22, 2022. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

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New Mountain View vaccination clinic opens for those 6 months and older

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Uploaded: Thu, Jun 23, 2022, 10:24 am

For local parent Mike Brinker, watching his 3-year-old son, Luke, finally get his COVID-19 vaccine on June 22 was an emotional experience.

"He actually has two major medical issues: he's got a hole in his heart, and he has only one kidney," a teary-eyed Brinker told the Voice. "So we had no idea throughout this virus what would even happen if he got it. To have two and a half years of just 'we don't know' – and the socialization, the lack of it, not having him go out and be able to hang out with other kids – it's just been really hard. This is a big deal."

Brinker's son is one of a few hundred children ages 6 months to 5 years old who have received their first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine at the Santa Clara County Public Health Department's newest vaccination site in Mountain View, which opened June 21. The site at 435 San Antonio Road is currently open by appointment. Anyone 6 months or older can now receive a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 shot following approvals last week from the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"This site came up very quickly," said Sheila Tuna, director of COVID-19 mass testing and operations. "We just signed the lease last Tuesday and transformed it and opened it up into a vaccine clinic within the week, because we knew these approvals were coming really quickly."

Parent Margot du Manoir said the vaccination site couldn't have come at a better time for her family. Her 2-year-old daughter, Hannah, got her shot on June 22.

"We're traveling on Saturday to a different country for a trip that we've been waiting for for three years," du Manoir said. "She's 2 and a half and she hasn't met family. It's just starting to feel like maybe we can do things safely and be OK."

Kids as young as 6 months, the youngest age allowed to get inoculated, got their shots June 22. Parent Jon Thacker said it was a relief to know his 6-month-old son, Sebastian, could get the vaccine so early in his life. As licensed vocational nurse Monica Somawang administered the shot, Sebastian barely noticed the needle go in and didn't bat an eye.

"We can feel a little bit better about going out into the world," Thacker said.

As parents arrived with toddlers in tow on June 22, they moved quickly and efficiently through the site with little to no wait time or line. The check in process takes a few minutes before patients move into the vaccination area. There's a recommended 15 minute waiting period after receiving the shot, and the site has tables set up where kids can doodle while they wait.

"We're excited for people coming out to get their children vaccinated," Tuna said. "This is the last group that we've been waiting for, so a lot of excited children are coming out here and we're happy to have this open for the community."

Appointments can be made online at vax.sccgov.org, or by calling the Valley Connection Call Center 408-970-2000. All are welcome regardless of immigration or insurance status.

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JAFO
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Old Mountain View
on Jun 25, 2022 at 6:28 pm
JAFO, Old Mountain View
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on Jun 25, 2022 at 6:28 pm

Steven Goldstein

For the June 25, 2022 cases MTD is 22,970 in comparison to June 2021, which was PRE-DELTA AND PRE-OMICRON, MTD was 675 which means we are 34.03 times of the June 2021 cases when we had a supposedly safe level. Our current daily average is 999 and In June 2021, we had 29 cases per day, we are 34.55 times that of that month. For May 2022 the average was 888 are at 1.12 times the number

For the month of June MTD we have tested 231,0186 and in June 2021 of the same sample MTD we tested 193,846 which means our sample size is 119% of June 2021. But yet we have INCREASED POSITIVITY. The positivity rate is 10.92% but the June 2021 MTD Average was .37% meaning we are about 29.71 TIMES higher than June 2021. In May 2022 we had 7.20% and we are 1.52 times that today

We are currently reporting only 89 ICU beds available (74 adult and 15 child) which is only 15.24% available beds in the county. Our current daily hospitalization are 198 with 27 suspected cases. Our averages regarding hospitalizations though we are at a 7 day average of 187 positive cases and 19 suspected cased at total of 206. We are ranked 3rd in the state. And we are back to the level of hospitalizations of 90 that we were in December 2021, but in July 2021 we were at 32 patients, and in May 2020 we were at 51 patients.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE IN THE LAST WEEK WE HAVE ONLY TESTED 46,741 TIMES YET HAVE HAD 5,882 CASES. THAT RESULTS IN A POSITIVITY OF 12.58%. THE LAST 4 DAYS WE HAVE TESTED LESS THAN 28,560 OR 12% OF THE MONTH, WHICH MEANS WE HAVE A SERIOUS UNDERCOUNTING PROBLEM. 4 OUT OF 23 SHOULD RESULT IN 17.3 OF THE MONTH AND UNDERCOUNT OF 29% FOR THAT PERIOD. THIS MEANS YOU NEED TO ADD ANOTHER 29% OF THE LAST 4 DAYS WHICH WAS 3,492 TO GET A REAL COUNT WHICH WOULD COME TO 4,912

That does mean we are not in very good shape, are we?


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