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Santa Clara County will follow state's 50-plus age guidance on vaccines, but where are the doses?

Original post made on Mar 25, 2021

Santa Clara County plans to open COVID-19 vaccines to people ages 50 and older on April 1, but whether it will have enough doses to put in the arms of an estimated 400,000 people who fall into that category is a big unknown.

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Posted by Zach
a resident of Rex Manor
on Mar 25, 2021 at 7:09 pm

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Sutter Health has an enormous amount of appointments in both Sacramento and Modesto. If you're eligible, and are able to travel a little, consider signing up there.

Posted by LisaR
a resident of Rex Manor
on Mar 26, 2021 at 10:41 am

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This statement "Anyone who is eligible for a vaccine can sign up on the county's website," is not actually true. The county's website doesn't have anywhere you can sign up, unlike the websites of other counties. It just has links to the various providers' websites. You need to try each of them separately.

Posted by LongResident
a resident of another community
on Mar 26, 2021 at 2:23 pm

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If you're going to travel, realize that Moscone Center in San Francisco and the Federal site at the Oakland Coliseum are open to all, residents of any county. Seems closer than Sacramento or Modesto. The doses are available--just not in Santa Clara County which is getting shorted way more than any other Bay Area county. Sutter and Kaiser cover 1/2 the patients here and they aren't mounting a big enough vaccine effort here. Unlike most counties what is happening here is that the county ITSELF is administering the bulk of the vaccines. The other providers are mostly small operators. Stanford Medicine and El Camino Health have a very hard time getting doses.

The upshot is that while the state average for at least one dose is at 34%, We are only at 31%. San Mateo County is at 44%. We are getting treated unfairly. The state has the doses. It has 5.1M more doses from the CDC than have been administered, and it only does 280,000 per day. It will take a long time to use up that 5.1M excess since more doses come all the time, over 2M per week.

860K doses received in the county, 420K at the county health system, 166K at Kaiser and 100K at Stanford Medicine. It should be about 20% more doses than that. San Mateo County has had about 410K doses and it is 40% of the population of Santa Clara County. It's not even clear that San Mateo County is counting the doses received at the VA, Federal Health Care, Sutter and Kaiser either. The SCC 860K number includes all of these routes for delivery of vaccine doses from the Feds.

Hopefully the state will wake up and stop shorting Santa Clara County, but until then, consider a trip to Moscone or checkout CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Safeway and Costco. The drug stores operate outside the state's wacko system.

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