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CoronavirusShots in arms: Vaccine rollout begins in Santa Clara County

Shots in arms: Vaccine rollout begins in Santa Clara County

Shots started going into arms on Thursday, administering Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to frontline hospital workers.

The 3,900 doses made available to the county’s Healthcare Delivery System went to ICU and Emergency Room staff members at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, O’Connor Hospital, and St. Louise Regional Hospital. Director of Pharmacy Services for the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Dr. Narinder Singh referred to the rollout as “an incredible moment in history.”

More vaccine doses are due in next week: 2,925 more of Pfizer-BioNTech’s and the first 5,700 of Moderna’s vaccine—the second one pending approval in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration. 

The vaccine will not reach non-frontline residents and those outside of nursing homes for months to come. In the meantime, mask-wearing, hand-washing, social distancing, and sheltering in place remain imperative. Particularly important, with Christmas near, is avoiding gathering with those outside of one’s own household. Hospitals and ICUs are currently glutted with fresh COVID cases resulting from last month’s Thanksgiving gatherings. Just today, Thursday 12/17, the County logged 1,201 brand new cases. 

 

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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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