Santa Clara County Offers COVID Vaccine Booster to All Adults

When federal health authorities authorized COVID-19 vaccine boosters in September, they said the extra shots should be given to older adults or people at high risk.  On Wednesday, November 10, Santa Clara County health officials said they will give any adult vaccinated six or more months ago another dose.

“No one will be turned away who wants a booster,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, the county’s COVID-19 vaccine officer, setting new rules for county vaccination clinics.

With the late summer decline in COVID-19 cases leveling off at an uncomfortably high level and showing signs of rising again, county health officials urged vaccinated adults to get a booster shot ahead of the winter holidays — fearing another eruption of outbreaks as families and friends gather.

So far, Santa Clara County stands alone in the Bay Area and perhaps in the state, as well. Though other county health officials voiced similar concerns about another winter COVID-19 surge, they weren’t jumping aboard their neighbor’s bandwagon Wednesday. And it was not clear whether drug stores and private health providers in the region would follow Santa Clara County’s lead, either.

Contra Costa County “continues to follow the eligibility guidelines” from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California Department of Public Health, said spokesman Will Harper, though “we are indeed concerned about what impact the holidays will have as families gather indoors to celebrate.”

Alameda County health spokeswoman Neetu Balram said “we strongly encourage everyone 5 and older to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible,” citing concerns that “forecasts predict another wave of increasing cases starting in late November.”

But Balram added that Alameda County supports the federal and state recommendations “for who should receive boosters, including any updates they may make.”

San Mateo County is following the CDC eligibility guidelines.

Excerpted from “Santa Clara County Offers COVID Vaccine Booster to All Adults” in the San Jose Mercury News. Read the full article online.

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