COVID-19 Updates

COVID 19 Vaccine Updates

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VACCINE APPOINTMENTS

VACCINE ELIGIBILITY

Updated: December 15,2021

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: 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 everyone ages 16 and older 6 months following the last Pfizer or Moderna vaccination, or 2 months following the Johnson & Johnson vaccination.

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, additional doses after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine have not been authorized. 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.

VACCINE APPOINTMENTS

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 www.sccfreevax.org. 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 https://covid19.sccgov.org/covid-19-vaccine-information.

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

CDC

SF Chronicle: (including Coronavirus Tracker)

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TELEMEDICINE UPDATES 3/18/2020

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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: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/index.html.

If you have any questions, please contact your Provider Relations Representative, or email us at providersrv@PPMSI.com