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News - January 22, 2021

The latest vaccination news

New dashboard unveiled; county vaccination centers limit eligibility

Here's what's going on locally with the COVID-19 pandemic.

County unveils vaccine dashboard

Santa Clara County launched a new online dashboard on Jan. 15 that tracks the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses received and administered by the county's health care sector.

The dashboard will be revised as the county receives more data from providers, according to a press release from the Public Health Department. Some data is still missing, either due to failure to report or because some providers receive their vaccine supplies directly from the federal government and therefore are not subject to the reporting requirement.

New vaccine shipments are arriving each week and will be noted in the dashboard upon their receipt.

Other vaccine-related information for Santa Clara County can be found on the county's website, which is regularly updated to reflect which community members are currently eligible to receive the vaccine, as well as how those individuals can schedule appointments.

—Palo Alto Weekly staff

Mass-vaccination centers to open but will only serve some

Anyone hoping to be vaccinated at one of the planned COVID-19 mass-vaccination centers in Santa Clara or San Mateo counties is likely to be turned away if they have a primary care physician, Santa Clara County staff said on Tuesday.

The counties aren't set up to take on the patients of large health care providers such as Kaiser Permanente, Sutter/Palo Alto Medical Foundation or Stanford Health Care, Santa Clara County staff told the Board of Supervisors' Health and Hospital Committee on Jan. 19.

Committee Chair Supervisor Joe Simitian noted that the decision would be distressing to some county residents, who would likely feel entitled to the vaccines since they are county taxpayers. But with four health care providers serving more than three-quarters of patients, the county would be quickly overwhelmed and would be unable to serve its core clients, many of whom are of low and very low income.

County leaders said they will soon be opening a mass-vaccination center at the Mountain View Community Center, but once again, it won't be open to patients with primary care physicians. Patients of the county's public medical centers should receive their vaccines through their providers.

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said in a separate press conference on Tuesday that the state is pushing to vaccinate another 1 million people by this weekend.

—Sue Dremann


Posted by Dave
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 17, 2021 at 6:20 am

Dave is a registered user.

“Some data is still missing”...

Data is plural. Some data *are* still missing.

Posted by Palo Verde Parent
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 17, 2021 at 10:21 am

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Very disappointed in PAMF(Sutter). Our family has been been going to PAMF for years, but will seriously consider a change after the way they have handled COVID. Very difficult to get a test through them and now they don't even report their information to the County. I hope the County will reconsider making people get their vaccine through their health care provider because at this point I have no confidence in PAMF's ability to distribute the vaccine.

Posted by Great idea
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 17, 2021 at 10:39 am

Great idea is a registered user.

I am glad that the county set this up. Numbers look good so far. I hope Santa Clara County can continue to expedite shots-in-arms as they get vaccine deliveries. The state should prioritize deliveries to those counties that are using them.

Posted by Irene
a resident of another community
on Jan 18, 2021 at 9:53 am

Irene is a registered user.

I agree with Palo Verde parents’
comments. I have been a longtime patient of Sutter/PAMF. Everyone is anxious to get the vaccine & they should have anticipated this, & hired more temp staff. On Friday (1/15) their website crashed.

Posted by carlt
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 18, 2021 at 11:12 am

carlt is a registered user.

The article says there have been 32,000 shots administered in the County but the County Dashboard linked in the article shows over 100,000 first shots administered as of Jan 17 and doesn't yet have data from Sutter or the VA so well over 1000,000 shot have been administered in the County and it's still ramping up the number of vaccines given each day. Totally amazing. Why doesn't the news report this very positive and incredible information? From zero to over 100,000 in about a month!!

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