SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Health officials in Santa Clara County are expanding COVID-19 vaccine availability, particularly urging young adults and Latinx residents to enroll as vaccine demand wanes.
The district COVID-19 test and vaccination officer, Dr. Marth Fenstersheib said he was concerned about a drop in demand for the shots over the past week or so.
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“We have come this far, but we are still not clear about it,” said Window Window.
“This will save lives, protect our community from dangerous variants and help us get out of this pandemic. We won’t get to the finish line until everyone who is eligible gets a shot, ”he continued.
But the county’s clear message that it is safe to be vaccinated is met with a fog of misinformation on social media and through word of mouth.
“There are a lot of rumors on social media that the vaccine is being used
doesn’t matter or how we don’t need it because we’re not at high risk, ”said Andrea Hernandez, a high school graduate who received the vaccine.
“People say you’ve been sick for a long time, it’s not worth it,” said Christopher Mossen, a 26-year-old from San Jose who came in today to get his first shot.
“Physically, I’m fine. I am really glad I did. And yes, I feel good, ”said Mossen.
The county is also focusing its efforts on the Latinx community, which has suffered the most infections and deaths and is now lagging behind when it comes to vaccinations.
“Pues temor,” said gardener Juan Ortiz, who admitted in Spanish that fear of a bad reaction to the vaccine kept him from getting his first shot until Friday.
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Young adults, ages 18 to 29, are now the largest group of unvaccinated people in the county, officials said. While fall rates flatten or fall, 18- to 34-year-olds have the highest COVID-19 infection rate of any age group.
Health officials announced that several points of contact will be open across Santa Clara County in the coming week. Same day appointments are also available, including at the massive vaccination site at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
Drop-in locations at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Expo Hall, the Aloha Roller Rink at Eastridge Mall, and Overfelt High School in San Jose are also open on weekends.
The appeal to urge holdouts to get vaccines comes a week after the county health officials celebrated reaching 1 million vaccinations, the first county in the Bay Area to do so.
As of Friday, more than 67% of Santa Clara County’s residents aged 16 and older have received at least one shot, and more than 39% are fully vaccinated.
“We want to make sure we get the word out, that we are in the neighborhood, that we are in places where they can easily find vaccinations at a time that is convenient for them,” said deputy district manager Dr. Rocío Luna.
For more information on vaccines and how to book an appointment, visit the county vaccination website at http://sccfreevax.org/.
Santa Clara County Vaccination Centers with Multiple Drop-In Days:
- Exhibition Center Expo Hall2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San Jose, CA 95111
- Open 7 days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday open until 8 p.m.
- Eastridge Mall (Aloha Roller Rink)2190 Eastridge Loop # 1402, San Jose, CA 95122
- Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Emmanuel Baptist Church, 467 North White Road, San Jose, CA 95127
- Tuesday to Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- East Valley Clinic1993 McKee Road, San Jose, CA 95133
- Monday to Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Mexican Heritage Plaza1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA 95116
- Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Felted high school1835 Cunningham Avenue, San Jose, CA 95122
- Friday, April 30th, 11 am-6pm; Saturday 5/1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday 5/2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Thursday 5/6, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday 5/7, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday 5/8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 5/9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
One-day drop-in clinics:
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- St. John Vianney, 4600 Hyland Ave, San Jose, CA 95127
- Friday, April 30th, 10 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- James Lick High School (Youth / Student Event), 57 North White Road, San Jose, CA 95127
- County Service Center1555 Berger Drive, San Jose, CA 95112
- Monday 5/3, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Cristo Rey San José Jesuit College1389 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95116
- Gilroy High School750 West 10th Street, Gilroy, CA 95020
- Monday 5/3, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Mexican Consulate302 Enzo Drive, San Jose, CA 95138
- Wednesday 5/5, 10 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
- Milpitas sports complex1325 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035
- Sherman Oaks Elementary School1800 Fruitdale Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128
- Washington Elementary, 100 Oak Street, San Jose, 95110
- Saturday, May 8th, 10 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Len Ramirez contributed to this story.