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Newsom, local leaders mark opening of state's largest COVID-19 vaccination site at Levi's Stadium

Santa Clara County plans to increase capacity to 15K people per day as more doses become available

Gov. Gavin Newsom and local leaders celebrate a new COVID-19 vaccination site established at Levi's Stadium on Feb. 9. Courtesy Santa Clara County Public Health Department YouTube channel.

The largest COVID-19 mass vaccination center in the state opened Tuesday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara and Gov. Gavin Newsom and local officials took to the field to celebrate the kickoff.

The vaccination site, which opened for appointments at noon Tuesday, currently has the capacity to vaccinate 5,000 people per day, with plans to increase capacity to 15,000 people per day.

The stadium is only open to county residents or health care workers who work in the county. Currently, residents 65 years and older in addition to health care workers are eligible for the vaccine.

"Santa Clara County is among the leaders (in terms of vaccine administration)," Newsom said at Levi's Stadium. "I'm honored to be here joining their partners and joining community leaders that are making this site possible."

County Supervisors Cindy Chavez and Susan Ellenberg as well as state Assemblymember Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, joined the governor on the stadium's field to tout the new site.

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Ellenberg said the site will help get residents across the county get vaccinated quicker and ensure more equitable access to the vaccine.

"Levi's Stadium is an important site because of its central location in the county, proximity to public transportation and ability to serve a large number of residents every day," Ellenberg said.

In fact, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority as of Monday started providing front-door services to the stadium and suspended fare collection on all buses and light-rail vehicles in the system.

The VTA also increased the frequency of seven bus routes systemwide because of social distancing guidelines limiting capacity on buses.

The 55, 57, and 59 bus routes go to Levi's Stadium and the VTA's Orange and Green light-rail lines provide service to the site as well.

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Dr. Jennifer Tong associate chief medical officer for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, said the new site expands the county's ability to vaccinate at scale.

Levi's Stadium is Santa Clara County's fourth mass vaccination site, joining two in San Jose and one in Mountain View.

So far, the county's health system has provided more than 113,000 first doses and has more than 40,000 vaccine appointments scheduled in the week ahead.

"This is joined by about 100,000 doses also administered to date by other providers in our county," Tong said.

Chavez noted that the addition of Levi's Stadium is part of the county's multifaceted approach to getting as many people vaccinated as possible.

"One of the best ways (for efficient vaccine administration) is to have a layered approach. One is something big and mighty that's happening here," she said. "Two, are all of our community clinics that are really reaching deep into the community to make sure that people have access. And three, making sure that we're being creative and innovative for those people who can't get to where we need them to be that we go to them and get that vaccine in their arms."

Tong said, "We have built both the infrastructure and the human power to get vaccines and arms as quickly as possible."

So really, the main problem holding counties and the state back from getting more people vaccinated is supply.

"Supply is the issue. That is the constraint," Newsom said.

In the next week, California is expected to have a little over 1 million vaccines — roughly the equivalent number of doses that the state received a week ago, the governor said.

In the following week, Newsom predicted that California would get 50,000-100,000 more vaccines as well.

But County Executive Jeff Smith said more vaccines could be coming to California.

"The president has promised an extra 20% allocation to all the states," Smith said. "We know that a new vaccine is on the horizon with Johnson & Johnson. We know that more Moderna is being made, more of the Pfizer is being made."

Newsom said the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which would only require one dose and is easier to store, could be available by the end of the month.

President Joe Biden's administration also announced that it will be sending a million doses to California pharmacies directly and may begin sending vaccines directly to community clinics as well, Newsom said.

But despite the lack of supply, the state has still expanded vaccine administration.

Vaccinations are now averaging just shy of 175,000 doses administered on a daily basis.

"I remind you, that's more than double where we were a few weeks ago and more than triple where we were three to four weeks ago," Newsom said.

The governor also rejoiced in case counts, hospitalizations and deaths significantly going down statewide.

The positive news comes as the state works on a plan to reopen elementary schools within the next month and start gradually reopening the economy.

Teachers and parents have voiced concerns over schools reopening, as teachers are not eligible for vaccination yet and because of the lack of supply, Newsom said he is unsure when they would be able to be vaccinated.

"We need to be honest with people ... it's very unlikely that we'll be able to accomplish that, very idealistic goal, (to vaccinate teachers) before the end of the school year," Newsom said.

The only way he could see it working without significant increase in vaccine supply is if "we took them away from the vast majority of others are seniors and are most medically vulnerable."

"That's the unfortunate position we're all in," Newsom said.

Eligible county residents can book an appointment at Levi's Stadium and other vaccination sites at sccfreevax.org.

The county has also instituted a "no wrong door" policy, allowing all residents 65 years and older to get vaccinated at any site or private health care provider, regardless of their insurance.

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Newsom, local leaders mark opening of state's largest COVID-19 vaccination site at Levi's Stadium

Santa Clara County plans to increase capacity to 15K people per day as more doses become available

by / Bay City News Service

Uploaded: Wed, Feb 10, 2021, 9:25 am
Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2021, 8:21 am

The largest COVID-19 mass vaccination center in the state opened Tuesday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara and Gov. Gavin Newsom and local officials took to the field to celebrate the kickoff.

The vaccination site, which opened for appointments at noon Tuesday, currently has the capacity to vaccinate 5,000 people per day, with plans to increase capacity to 15,000 people per day.

The stadium is only open to county residents or health care workers who work in the county. Currently, residents 65 years and older in addition to health care workers are eligible for the vaccine.

"Santa Clara County is among the leaders (in terms of vaccine administration)," Newsom said at Levi's Stadium. "I'm honored to be here joining their partners and joining community leaders that are making this site possible."

County Supervisors Cindy Chavez and Susan Ellenberg as well as state Assemblymember Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, joined the governor on the stadium's field to tout the new site.

Ellenberg said the site will help get residents across the county get vaccinated quicker and ensure more equitable access to the vaccine.

"Levi's Stadium is an important site because of its central location in the county, proximity to public transportation and ability to serve a large number of residents every day," Ellenberg said.

In fact, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority as of Monday started providing front-door services to the stadium and suspended fare collection on all buses and light-rail vehicles in the system.

The VTA also increased the frequency of seven bus routes systemwide because of social distancing guidelines limiting capacity on buses.

The 55, 57, and 59 bus routes go to Levi's Stadium and the VTA's Orange and Green light-rail lines provide service to the site as well.

Dr. Jennifer Tong associate chief medical officer for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, said the new site expands the county's ability to vaccinate at scale.

Levi's Stadium is Santa Clara County's fourth mass vaccination site, joining two in San Jose and one in Mountain View.

So far, the county's health system has provided more than 113,000 first doses and has more than 40,000 vaccine appointments scheduled in the week ahead.

"This is joined by about 100,000 doses also administered to date by other providers in our county," Tong said.

Chavez noted that the addition of Levi's Stadium is part of the county's multifaceted approach to getting as many people vaccinated as possible.

"One of the best ways (for efficient vaccine administration) is to have a layered approach. One is something big and mighty that's happening here," she said. "Two, are all of our community clinics that are really reaching deep into the community to make sure that people have access. And three, making sure that we're being creative and innovative for those people who can't get to where we need them to be that we go to them and get that vaccine in their arms."

Tong said, "We have built both the infrastructure and the human power to get vaccines and arms as quickly as possible."

So really, the main problem holding counties and the state back from getting more people vaccinated is supply.

"Supply is the issue. That is the constraint," Newsom said.

In the next week, California is expected to have a little over 1 million vaccines — roughly the equivalent number of doses that the state received a week ago, the governor said.

In the following week, Newsom predicted that California would get 50,000-100,000 more vaccines as well.

But County Executive Jeff Smith said more vaccines could be coming to California.

"The president has promised an extra 20% allocation to all the states," Smith said. "We know that a new vaccine is on the horizon with Johnson & Johnson. We know that more Moderna is being made, more of the Pfizer is being made."

Newsom said the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which would only require one dose and is easier to store, could be available by the end of the month.

President Joe Biden's administration also announced that it will be sending a million doses to California pharmacies directly and may begin sending vaccines directly to community clinics as well, Newsom said.

But despite the lack of supply, the state has still expanded vaccine administration.

Vaccinations are now averaging just shy of 175,000 doses administered on a daily basis.

"I remind you, that's more than double where we were a few weeks ago and more than triple where we were three to four weeks ago," Newsom said.

The governor also rejoiced in case counts, hospitalizations and deaths significantly going down statewide.

The positive news comes as the state works on a plan to reopen elementary schools within the next month and start gradually reopening the economy.

Teachers and parents have voiced concerns over schools reopening, as teachers are not eligible for vaccination yet and because of the lack of supply, Newsom said he is unsure when they would be able to be vaccinated.

"We need to be honest with people ... it's very unlikely that we'll be able to accomplish that, very idealistic goal, (to vaccinate teachers) before the end of the school year," Newsom said.

The only way he could see it working without significant increase in vaccine supply is if "we took them away from the vast majority of others are seniors and are most medically vulnerable."

"That's the unfortunate position we're all in," Newsom said.

Eligible county residents can book an appointment at Levi's Stadium and other vaccination sites at sccfreevax.org.

The county has also instituted a "no wrong door" policy, allowing all residents 65 years and older to get vaccinated at any site or private health care provider, regardless of their insurance.

Comments

What Will They Do Next
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on Feb 10, 2021 at 10:55 am
What Will They Do Next, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Feb 10, 2021 at 10:55 am

Gavin showing more "concern" every day as the recall nears.


m h park
Registered user
Midtown
on Feb 10, 2021 at 11:33 am
m h park, Midtown
Registered user
on Feb 10, 2021 at 11:33 am

I was finally vaccinated opening day, Feb. 9, at Levi Stadium. They did not schedule full capacity in order to work out the kinks. Wheel chairs are available and I was pushed through the whole process. From the Green Parking lot 1 to the end of your experience is one heck of a lot of walking for elders. If walking is a problem for you, bring your cane or, if it is a very busy day, use your walker. I was able to have a family member attend me. There are several stations indoors as you move from ground floor to the third floor where you get your shot. It was a good experience but they were not doing 5,000 people a day yet which is their full expected capacity. I wonder how they will handle time reservations. There were surprisingly few people the first day and we sailed right through. Personnel were extremely courteous and helpful.


The Voice of Palo Alto
Registered user
Crescent Park
on Feb 11, 2021 at 10:12 pm
The Voice of Palo Alto, Crescent Park
Registered user
on Feb 11, 2021 at 10:12 pm

I’m so tired of the “reopen the schools” debate. First of all, you keep vaccinating seniors first like what has been going on. I’m happy for you MH Park! With the schools, they should stay closed until all teachers are fully vaccinated. That doesn’t mean teachers get the shot on Saturday and then go to work on Monday. They get the shot and then wait for full efficacy. This wouldn’t even be a debate without all of the families pushing for an unsafe return to schools. It is immoral to put unvaccinated teachers in a room with 20 students. The families missed the opportunity to be the true heroes of this pandemic by just staying home and not complaining. How hard is that? This is the greatest public health crisis in 100 years. Back in World War 2 era, the entire country united together. Now we have everyone showing the world just how selfish Americans have become. It’s the usual nonsense here of blaming the teachers and the teachers union here for everything wrong. That’s just lame. Please blame Federal leadership! You lower community transmission, fully vaccinate the teachers and then open the schools. You don’t put the cart before the horse. If this takes until next fall, so what! You don’t put people in danger for “in person” learning. When you have a child, the child is your responsibility and schools are supplying distance learning until it is safe. Read a book with your kid if you are all worried. Turn that outrage into something positive for your child. Set an example of courage, understanding, and empathy. View this as a unique chance to spend more time with your family as having a family can be very special. There shouldn’t be silly horn honking protests by palymoms and palaltonians down at the district office building. How embarrassing. Be patient everyone. The good news is things are gradually going back to normal. It just doesn’t happen overnight thanks to the huge hole the previous administration put us in.


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