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COVID-19Santa Clara County urges eligible residents to get COVID-19 booster shots

Santa Clara County urges eligible residents to get COVID-19 booster shots

A recommendation put out this week by the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department is urging all eligible county residents to get their COVID-19 booster shots. If you’re over 18 and you had your Pfizer or Moderna shot at least 6 months ago, you’re likely eligible. Ditto if you had your Johnson & Johnson shot at least 2 months ago.

The booster-eligible pool of Santa Clara County residents numbers at 1,082,317. Officials estimate that as of November 9, only about one-fifth of that pool, or 206,765 residents, had gone in for their booster.

Said a County statement urging booster protection, “Protecting families, schools, workplaces, and ourselves becomes even more important with the Thanksgiving holiday just two weeks away and so many people traveling and gathering with family and friends. While community case rates in the county are currently flat, rates elsewhere in the state are steadily increasing and the initial vaccine protection is proving to decrease over time.”

A booster shot appointment with a County clinic can be booked here. The shots are free, and insurance and immigration status are non-issues. Walk-in patients in search of boosters are also being received across many sites, and alternatively patients can check with their doctors or pharmacies. Those in need of the initial COVID vaccines can also pursue those through the County.

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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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