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CoronavirusSanta Clara County receives 5,850 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Santa Clara County receives 5,850 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, which Phase III trials have shown to be 95% effective, has arrived in Santa Clara County, with healthcare workers and nursing home residents first in line to get the shots. 

Just today, 5,850 vaccine doses got delivered to the county, the first of 17,550 initial doses allocated by the State of California. Whereas this initial installment was received by the County government, the near-term subsequent installments, set to show before the week is over, will go directly to Santa Clara hospitals. 

Yet officials cautioned residents not to lower their guards despite the ray of hope offered by vaccinations. The winter will still remain a dire season in the COVID-19 pandemic, with lower temperatures leading to more indoor activity and thus a higher rate of disease spread, just like we’ve long been accustomed to with the flu.

Now more than ever, people are urged to take seriously the advisements to wear masks, socially distance, engage in regular hand washing, and follow guidelines to stay at home—which means abiding by the 10pm-5am curfew unless attending to essential activities such as buying groceries or seeking medical care, and trying to avoid travel yet quarantining for 10 days after traveling over 150 miles beyond county limits. (The previous quarantine mandate for travelers and close contacts of COVID patients was 14 days, but the County just yesterday lowered it to 10, with the conjoined advisement to monitor for 14.) 

New guidance from the federal and state levels regarding further vaccine allocation is expected soon.

Per the County’s dashboard, there were 1,118 new COVID cases today, along with 89 new hospitalizations and 24 deaths.

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.

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