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 sccfreevax.com 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.