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County receives first doses of Covid-19 vaccine

Delivery is first of initial 17,500 doses

Public Health Pharmacy Pharmacist in Charge Quelan To (left) and Pharmacy Technician Jenifer Villanueva receive the first shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Santa Clara County on Dec. 15. Photo courtesy of Santa Clara County Public Health

Santa Clara County received its first 5,850 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on Dec. 15.

This delivery is the first of the initial 17,550 doses allocated to the county by the state, 230 of which will go to San Benito County per the state’s direction. The remaining doses in the allocation will ship from the manufacturer directly to hospitals around the county and are expected to arrive later this week. 

These early doses will be for people in the highest risk categories, as set by the state and federal government. This includes front line healthcare workers at acute care hospitals, as well as residents and staff at skilled nursing facilities.

“Although the arrival of a small number of vaccines across the state and the county brings much hope, we remain in the most dangerous phase of the pandemic, with Covid-19 spreading rapidly throughout the county, the state and across the country,” county officials stated in a press release. “It is critical that all county residents continue to wear masks, not gather with others, continue to socially distance from anyone outside their household, and stay home as much as possible.”

Distribution of the vaccine will follow the requirements from the federal and state governments, which set the sequence for groups to receive the vaccine. The county expects to soon receive additional information from the state about future vaccine allocation, distributions, requirements and timelines.