COVID-19 Updates

COVID 19 Vaccine Updates


Updated: November 09, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination shots for children ages 5-11: The County of Santa Clara is now providing COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5-11 following the approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is the only option for this newly approved age group. Schedule your appointment today.

COVID-19 booster shots: now available in Santa Clara County for those who received their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago and are eligible according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines. People who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago and are 18 years of age or older are recommended to receive a booster shot.

Additional Doses for immunocompromised patients after two doses of Pfizer or Moderna: 3rd doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for patients who are at least 28 days from their last dose and who are moderately or severely immunocompromised. At this time, there are no specific recommendations for immunocompromised individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, although they may be eligible for a booster dose. If you are not sure whether you qualify for a 3rd dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, please consult with your physician.

All individuals ages 5 and older are eligible to be vaccinated.


New appointments are regularly added by the County of Santa Clara Health System and other providers.Vaccines are free. Documentation (like an ID or SSN) is not required.

We recommend eligible patients with internet access use the online scheduling portal options on Eligible patients without internet access should call the Santa Clara County Health Department COVID Vaccination Line at (408) 970-2000 for assistance scheduling their vaccine.

Vaccine Safety

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. No matter which brand name vaccine you receive, all COVID-19 vaccines are safe and authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use authorization (EUA). The vaccines were developed quickly due to a solid foundation of existing research and development on other strains of coronavirus. The vaccines meet all safety standards and are recommended by health experts and doctors. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine safety from the CDC.

We strongly recommend that you continue to wear a mask, stay at least six feet apart from others, continue to wash your hands, and refrain from leaving your home until vaccinations are no longer limited.

Transportation to Vaccine Locations

Please contact your health plan regarding transportation to COVID-19 vaccination appointments and testing sites or utilize free transportation services provided by Santa Clara County, VTA. The County and VTA recently launched a new, free, door-to-door service to transport patients to their vaccine appointments. Find out more at

COVID-19 Local Guidance

To stay informed of current guidance on testing and vaccinations during the pandemic please visit the SCC Public Health, CDC and other local resources:

Santa Clara County Public Health Department


SF Chronicle: (including Coronavirus Tracker)



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On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, CMS broadened access to telehealth services on a temporary and emergency basis to Medicare beneficiaries so they can receive services from their doctors without having to travel to a doctor’s office. With the emergence of COVID-19, the expanding use of technology allows people to maintain access to care while limiting community spread of the virus. SCCIPA wishes to ensure patient access to care is maintained during this health crisis and will reimburse providers for telehealth services for both Commercial HMO and Medicare Advantage patients alike.

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Importantly, the CDC has updated information for healthcare professionals. We encourage you to check their website regularly for the latest advice:

If you have any questions, please contact your Provider Relations Representative, or email us at