vaccine boosters now available for certain groups
COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine boosters are now available in Santa Clara County for individuals who received their second Pfizer dose at least six months ago and who meet criteria established by the federal government. Late last night, the CDC released recommendations for booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine for certain groups. With this final step in the authorization process, our County mass vaccination sites have begun today to offer boosters to those who are eligible.
See below for a statement on this subject from the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department:
COVID-19 Pfizer booster shots are now available in Santa Clara County for those who received initial Pfizer vaccination shots at least six months ago and are eligible according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines.
“The County of Santa Clara continues to follow CDC guidance, and it’s clear that boosters are a valuable tool that people can use to protect themselves and their loved ones,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Health Officer and Director of Public Health for the County of Santa Clara. “Throughout the course of the pandemic, the science continues to evolve, and this is the next step in keeping up with best practices to protect us against COVID-19.”
Booster shots offer additional security for those who are at high risk for complications from COVID-19 due to age or pre-existing conditions. People 65 years and older, residents of long-term care facilities and those over 50 with an underlying medical condition are strongly encouraged to get a booster shot.
Per CDC guidelines, those age 18-49 with an underlying medical condition -- as well as those at risk of COVID-19 exposure because of occupational or institutional setting -- are also eligible and may want to consider a booster.
If you are 18-64 years old, and received the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago, ask yourself:
- Do you have an underlying condition that puts you at serious risk of COVID-19 complications?
- Do you work in a setting such as health care that puts you at greater risk for exposure to COVID-19?
- Do you live in a congregate setting that puts you at greater risk for exposure to COVID-19?
- Do you live with someone who is at high risk for serious COVID-19 disease?
Initial vaccinations still provide substantial protection and are working well to prevent severe illness. These initial vaccinations are the number one tool for preventing hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, so it’s important to get vaccinated as quickly as possible if you haven’t done so already.
“While it is good to have another tool in our toolbox to combat COVID-19 and help keep our community healthy, it is important to remember that booster shots are most helpful when combined with other measures, such as masking and testing,” said Dr. Cody. “If you are eligible, it makes sense to get a booster at a time in the near future that is convenient for you.”
The authorization applies only to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are currently seeking emergency use authorization for booster shots and if approved, the County will be prepared to offer those additional shots as well.
Public health scientists continue to study the benefits of booster shots, which may be recommended for additional groups in the future.
Many doctors’ offices and pharmacies are now offering COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters. In addition, booster shots for eligible individuals who reside, work, or go to school in Santa Clara County are available by appointment at www.sccfreevax.org.
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.
Pandemic Assistance Programs for Businesses
Here’s a list of several pandemic assistance programs for businesses, including those that provide financial assistance and forgivable loans for entrepreneurs impacted by COVID-19:
Pandemic assistance from State and Local government
A number of local foundations and other philanthropic groups have also launched COVID-19 small business relief funds. Here are just a handful of them:
Small Business Relief Fund provides loan and grant funding, as well as technical assistance, to small businesses and self-employed individuals. It's overseen by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in partnership with Opportunity Fund.
Facebook's Small Business Grants Program is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits.
Pacific Community Ventures offers free remote business advising with financial, human resources or crisis management experts.