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County makes Pfizer booster shots available to eligible groups

Vaccination centers are now taking appointments, walk-ins

by By Palo Alto Weekly staff

Pfizer booster shots are now available in Santa Clara County for those who received initial Pfizer shots at least six months ago and are eligible under guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Santa Clara County officials announced on Monday.

The county is strongly encouraging boosters for those ages 65 and older, people ages 50 and older with underlying medical conditions and residents of long-term care facilities

Boosters are available at five large-scale vaccination sites for eligible individuals who live, work or attend school in the county. Appointments are required at the San Jose, San Martin and Mountain View locations; the public may sign up for an appointment at sccfreevax.org.

There is drop-in availability at the DePaul Health Center in Morgan Hill.

Many doctors' offices and pharmacies are also now offering COVID-19 boosters, according to the county.

"The CDC definition of an underlying medical condition is very broad; a significant portion of the population now qualifies for a booster," county staff stated in the press release.

Officials added that, per CDC guidelines, people ages 18 to 49 with an underlying medical condition — as well as those at risk of COVID-19 exposure because of occupational or institutional setting — are also eligible and may want to consider a booster.

Santa Clara County locations offering boosters include:

? Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View

? Emmanuel Baptist Church, 467 N. White Road, San Jose

? DePaul Health Center, 18550 DePaul Drive, Morgan Hill

? San Martin vaccination site, 90 W. Highland Ave., San Martin

? Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Expo Hall, 344 Tully Road, San Jose

For San Mateo County residents and workers, Health Chief Louise Rogers said in a statement Wednesday that the county "will be remobilizing a high-volume vaccination operation at the San Mateo County Event Center and offering boosters at the county-run community-based vaccination clinics by late next week" for eligible individuals who completed their Pfizer two-shot series at least six months ago.

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