Vaccinate, boost, mask, ventilate, distance, and test often
There are several things you can do to help ensure that everyone you celebrate with stays healthy, including staying home if sick, getting a COVID-19 test before and after traveling or gathering in groups, wearing a good, well-fitting mask, and gathering outside if possible or increasing airflow by opening windows if indoors. County health officials recommend that if you are traveling or gathering for the holidays:
- Get tested immediately before travel, upon return, and again 3-5 days later.
- Have everyone ages 5+ get their COVID vaccine.
- Have everyone ages 16+ get their COVID booster.
- Wear a mask indoors and in crowded settings. Wearing medical grade masks and adjusting masks so they fit tightly are important.
- Keep group gatherings small in both size and duration. Gather only with close family units.
- Outside gatherings are safer than indoor gatherings.
- Be cautious around elderly or immunocompromised individuals and consider COVID-19 testing before such interactions.
Parents of very young children and those who have not been vaccinated should make sure to take all advised precautions. Avoid large gatherings. Always wear mask in indoor public settings and in crowded outdoor settings (unless under age 2).
You should also get vaccinated if you have not done so, and get your booster shot if you are eligible.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, free, and widely available to everyone 5 and older. Almost 77% of eligible Santa Clara County residents, including children ages 5-11, have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. We remain a national leader in vaccination rates.
However, there are still thousands of eligible Santa Clara County residents who have not gotten vaccinated.
All County Health System mass vaccination sites and all general community-based mobile sites are vaccinating anyone ages 5 and older. Children between 5 and 17-years old need to provide a signed consent form from a parent or legal guardian.
The most up-to-date information about how and where to get vaccinated can be found at www.sccfreevax.org.
Many locations readily accept walk-in patients. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are all available within the County. Additionally, many doctor offices and pharmacies provide COVID-19 boosters. Vaccinations through the County are no-cost to the public, insurance is not required, and there are no immigration requirements.
Residents without access to the internet can make vaccination appointments by phone for the County Health System sites through the Valley Connection Call Center at 408-970-2000 or by dialing 2-1-1.
The Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 4:30pm. Assistance is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and multiple other languages.
You can also get vaccinated at pharmacies throughout the County, including many Walgreen's, CVS, and Costco locations.
To keep California open for business, it is imperative that everyone who is medically able to do so, gets vaccinated. Do your part! Vaccines save lives and save jobs. Please get vaccinated today. Keep California open for business.
SUNNYVALE COVID‐19 RESOURCES
City Service Impacts – Before calling or visiting a City facility, check the City COVID‐19 webpage. Sunnyvale Serves Phoneline – If you need assistance related to the public health order, call the City at 408‐730‐7360, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or submit inquiries online at Access Sunnyvale.
Sunnyvale Community Services – SCS helps low‐income families and seniors with financial aid, food distribution and case management. Learn about services and how to donate.
Support Sunnyvale Businesses – Find store listings and information on the Sunnyvale Business webpage.
Entertainment – Find creative ideas and helpful tips while sheltering in place by following us on Facebook: @sunnyvalelibrary; @SunnyvaleRecreation; @SunnyvaleEnvironmentalServices
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley: Call 800‐984‐3663 or text GETFOOD to 408‐455‐5181 to request assistance with food resources.
Senior Nutrition Program: Serves adults aged 60+, their spouses, and disabled adults living with older adults. Following a take‐out model at most locations.
Housing – If you are at risk of losing your housing or missing an upcoming rent payment, contact the Homelessness Prevention System to request financial assistance and supportive services.
Employment – File a claim with the California Employment Development Department if you are unable to work, have reduced hours or are caring for an ill or quarantined family member.
Give Blood – The Red Cross needs healthy, eligible people to give blood or
platelets. Visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 800‐RED‐CROSS (800‐733‐2767).
Avoid Scams – The Federal Trade Commission has tips to protect yourself and a way to report scams.