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.