Across Santa Clara County, regular residents aged 75 and older will soon be receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. Those eligible are people who attain their primary care by way of the County’s Health and Hospital System. Next up will be Kaiser Permanente, Stanford, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation patients. Those seeking to schedule vaccination appointments with any of the above entities can do so here.
As providers’ access to vaccines increases, so too will the amount of people who are eligible to receive them.
In the meantime, the State of California has encountered issues with PrepMod, a program it uses to help members of the public schedule vaccination appointments. People who are not yet legally eligible for vaccination have been able to schedule appointments due to the system not filtering them properly by way of an eligibility questionnaire (a problem that resulted as people shared around direct links leading to appointment-setting pages). Santa Clara County is urging ineligible parties to cancel their upcoming appointments, and advising those who don’t that they’ll be turned away onsite due to their lack of eligibility.
Other COVID-19 scams abound. In general, people are being fraudulently asked to:
—pay out of pocket for vaccines &
—pay out of pocket to get on vaccine waiting lists
Neither of the above options is available, let alone legal, yet they are currently being floated to potential scam victims online, over email, and by phone.
Sccfreevax.org is the official place to go to keep up-to-date on who’s eligible for vaccinations and how those who are can schedule appointments.
Update: Governor Newsom also announced Wednesday that California would immediately start opening up vaccinations to seniors 65 and older. More details on that soon.