Santa Clara County has announced that come February 28, access to vaccines will expand to encompass three new groups consisting of essential workers:
—Workers in Education and Childcare
—Workers in Emergency Services
—Workers in Food and Agriculture Industries
This past Monday, the County announced that more than half of County residents age 75 and older have received their first vaccination, along with nearly half of County residents age 65.
“We are working closely with a large network of trusted community partners to ensure that our most impacted communities have access to vaccinations,” said Rocio Luna, Deputy Director of Public Health for the County of Santa Clara.
At a press conference today, Luna mentioned that the County was planning on providing more weekend and evening hours across vaccination sites, in order to give more access to essential workers and caregivers.
The County is also working on doing outreach and getting information out to encourage those in the community who are eligible for vaccines to get them.
“The way that Santa Clara county will heal and return to normalcy is by getting vaccinated,” said Mike Wasserman, President of the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors.
Wasserman stressed the importance of residents reaching out to those they know who are eligible and checking in with them to make sure they’ve either gotten vaccinated or plan on doing so.
The County’s goal is to vaccinate at least 85% of residents age 16 and older by August 1, 2021.