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Virtual town halls present latest COVID vaccine info

Thanks to Santa Clara County’s “No Wrong Door” policy, all residents ages 65 and older and frontline health-care personnel are now eligible for free COVID-19 vaccinations at most county vaccination sites, regardless of their regular health-care provider.

Last week, Supervisor Joe Simitian hosted a panel of local health-care experts participating in the first of six virtual town hall forums designed to keep residents abreast of vaccination sites, eligibility and methods for making appointments, which are required.

Approximately 310,000 Santa Clara County residents are ages 65 and older, and as of Feb. 10, the date of the Los Altos/Los Altos Hills town hall, approximately 34% of them had been vaccinated, said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 testing and vaccine officer for the county.

Of the approximately 1,500 COVID-19 deaths reported in the county, 81% of the cases have involved people ages 65 and older, Fenstersheib added.

Town hall panelists encouraged residents to obtain their first and second COVID-19 vaccinations at the same site and to cancel old appointments should new, sooner ones subsequently become available.

Interested parties who missed the Los Altos/Los Altos Hills presentation or the Sunnyvale iteration, which took place Thursday, may tune in for similar forums offered for the Mountain View, Cupertino, Palo Alto and Saratoga communities this week and next. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/simitiancommevents.

Following is a roundup of vaccination options highlighted at last week’s Los Altos/Los Altos Hills meeting. (Note: Some health-care providers did not provide specific information about vaccination locations to ensure patients make appointments before they show up at a site.)

County of Santa Clara Health System
• Who: Eligible health-care personnel, county residents ages 65 and older, and residents of long-term care facilities
• Where: Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave.; Levi’s Stadium, 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara; Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose; Valley Specialty Center, 751 S. Bascom Ave., Building Q, San Jose; County of Santa Clara Service Center Auditorium, 1555 Berger Dr., San Jose; Valley Health Center Tully, 500 Tully Road, San Jose; and Valley Health Center, 7475 Camino Arroyo, Gilroy
• How: Call (408) 970-2000 or visit sccfreevax.org

El Camino Health
• Who: Eligible health-care personnel and county residents ages 65 and older
• Where: An unspecified site in North San Jose
• How: Visit elcaminohealth.org; a phone line dedicated to COVID-19 vaccination appointments is forthcoming.

Kaiser Permanente
• Who: Eligible health-care personnel and county residents ages 75 and older
• Where: Santa Clara Medical Center, Homestead Conference Center, 700 Lawrence Expressway; and San Jose Medical Center, 250 Hospital Parkway
• How: Call (866) 454-8855 or visit mydoctor.kaiserpermanente.org

Palo Alto Medical Foundation
• Who: Eligible health-care personnel and county residents ages 65 and older
• Where: Unspecified locations in Mountain View, Palo Alto and Los Gatos, with a mass-vaccination site coming soon
• How: Call (844) 987-6115 or visit mho.sutterhealth.org

Stanford Health Care
• Who: Eligible health-care personnel and county residents ages 65 and older
• Where: 2585 Samaritan Drive, Suite 303, San Jose; Arrillaga Gym, 341 Galvez St., Stanford; and Cisco Garage (SJC parking structure 2), 350 E. Tasman Dr., San Jose
• How: Call 498-9000 or visit stanfordhealthcare.org/covid19updates

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