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Santa Clara County to expand vaccine eligibility to teachers and other essential workers

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.

 

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Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro is the winner of a 2022 Golden Quill Award for her Education journalism. She works as a journalist and media consultant in the Bay Area. She has written for both the Tri-City Voice and the Mercury News, and is the founder of Chi Media Company, which works mostly with nonprofit organizations and educational entities to elevate their marketing and communication platforms. Rhoda is also the author of “Fierce Woman: Wake up your Badass Self” and “Magic Within: Womb-Centered Wisdom to Realize the Power of Your Sacred Feminine Self.” Her YouTube channel features practices in yoga, meditation, and women’s empowerment. Rhoda is The Milpitas Beat’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief.

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