COVID-19 Vaccine Information

about Vaccine Eligibility

May 1, 2021

Everyone age 16 and older is highly encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Sign up for appointments at sccfreetest.org.

Also, El Camino Health also offers free COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment including Saturday, May 8. View flyer.

April 26, 2021

County of Santa Clara officials announced today, April 26, that most County Health System vaccination sites will accept drop-ins for COVID-19 vaccines from Tuesday, April 27 through Sunday, May 2.

For the vaccination site located at the Mountain View Community Center, 201 South Rengstorff Ave., drop-in vaccination hours are Tuesday, April 27 through Friday, April 30, 8:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m.

According to County officials, same-day appointments are also available across Santa Clara County, including at Levi’s Stadium and Eastridge Mall (Aloha Roller Rink). Anyone age 16 and older who lives, works, or attends school in Santa Clara County is eligible for vaccination. Drop-in availability is subject to supply and capacity limitations. Individuals seeking vaccination are encouraged to arrive at least one hour before closing time.

For the latest information about vaccines, visit the County's vaccine website at sccfreevax.org

4/13/21 Update: County of Santa Clara officials announced the County is opening vaccine eligibility to all individuals age 16 or older who live or work in Santa Clara County effective today, April 13.

According to the County, this vaccine eligibility expansion is due to a significant increase in vaccine supplies that is allowing the County Health System to release tens of thousands of additional vaccine appointments over the remainder of this week. Many more appointments will be made available the following week. The increased supply is coming directly to the County of Santa Clara Health System from the federal government under a program operated by the federal Health Resources & Services Administration. 

To schedule a COVID-19 appointment, visit SCCFreeVax.org.

For more information, view the County news release.

3/25/21 Update: On March 25, Governor Gavin Newsom announced more people in California will soon be eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Starting April 1, individuals 50+ are eligible to make an appointment
  • Starting April 15, individuals 16+ will be eligible

State officials said that based on the current estimates, California expects to be allocated approximately 2.5 million first and second doses per week in the first half of April, and more than 3 million doses in the second half of April. California currently receives about 1.8 million doses per week. These estimates may be adjusted as time goes on. State officials also emphasized that "Even with expanded vaccine supplies, it is expected to take several months for willing Californians to be vaccinated."

More details are available from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

2/17/21 Update: County of Santa Clara officials announced today that healthcare providers across Santa Clara County will expand access to COVID-19 vaccination to workers in education and childcare, emergency services, and the food and agriculture industries, starting Feb. 28, 2021. This expansion of vaccine access is planned as the County Health System continues to boost its vaccine infrastructure, increasing capacity at both its large vaccination centers as well as smaller community-based and mobile sites.

All of these efforts continue to be limited by both vaccine supply and changing vaccine distribution plans from the State of California.

The County’s website at sccfreevax.org will include updates and information, including when those newly eligible can start to schedule vaccine appointments.

For more information, view the County news release

2/4/21 Update: On Thursday, Feb. 4, County of Santa Clara officials announced the County of Santa Clara Health System and several other vaccine providers throughout Santa Clara County will begin providing COVID-19 vaccines to any county resident age 65 and older, regardless of their healthcare provider or insurance. View the County news release.

The "no wrong door" system also applies to the mass vaccination site located at the Mountain View Community Center that is operated by the County of Santa Clara Health System. Vaccine appointments are still required.

For more information and links for making vaccine appointment with providers across the county, visit sccfreevax.org

In addition, residents without internet access or who need additional assistance can make appointments for the County Health System vaccine sites through the Valley Connection Call Center at 408-970-2000. The Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Assistance is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and other languages.

1/31/21 Update: Current COVID-19 vaccinations in Santa Clara County are for the following eligible persons:

  • Phase 1A
    • Healthcare personnel including long-term care facility residents (All Health Systems)
  • Phase 1B (Tier 1- partial)
    • County residents 75 and older (Kaiser Permanente and Palo Alto Medical Foundation)
    • County residents 65 and older (County Health System including the Mountain View vaccination site, El Camino Health and Stanford Healthcare)

All vaccines are by appointment only at this time. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, contact your health care provider or visit sccfreevax.org

1/26/21 Update: The County of Santa Clara Health System announced Tuesday, Jan. 26, that COVID-19 vaccinations will soon be available to individuals age 65 and older, following the State of California’s current guidance for vaccine allocation.

County residents 65 and older can begin scheduling appointments now for openings Wednesday, Jan. 27 and thereafter.

Appointments for vaccination can be scheduled through sccfreevax.org.

In addition, to assist residents who lack internet or computer access with scheduling appointments, the County has hosted appointment sign-up fairs in community locations in East San José, Gilroy, and Cupertino, and plans several more in the coming weeks. For more information, view the County of Santa Clara news release.

About Mountain View's vaccination site

4/15/21 Update:

In partnership with the City of Mountain View, the County of Santa Clara is extending the hours of operations for the Mountain View Community Center vaccination clinic for a second week. The site, located at  201 S. Rengstorff Ave., will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for April 19-23. The last appointment will be scheduled for 6 p.m. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, visit SCCfreevax.org

Individuals age 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

4/9/21 Update: In partnership with the City of Mountain View, the County of Santa Clara has extended the hours of operations for the Mountain View Community Center vaccination clinic by 90 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for April 12-16. The last appointment will be scheduled for 6 p.m. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, visit SCCfreevax.org

2/12/21: Seniors in need of transportation to and from their vaccine appointment at the Mountain View Community Center are encouraged to utilize RoadRunners. 

  • Call one week in advance of the COVID-19 vaccine appointment to guarantee a transport reservation. Call Roadrunners at 650-940-7016. 
  • Clients must be ambulatory; walkers are okay.
  • If you are unable to get an appointment through Roadrunners, request a Lyft by calling 2-1-1.

2/4/21: Effective Thursday, Feb. 4, the County of Santa Clara Health System and several other vaccine providers throughout Santa Clara County will begin providing COVID-19 vaccines to any county resident age 65 and older, regardless of their healthcare provider or insurance. This change also applies to the mass vaccination site, located at the Mountain View Community Center, that is operated by the County of Santa Clara Health System.

Vaccine appointments are still required. If you are eligible, visit www.sccfreevax.org to schedule a vaccine appointment.

1/27/21: As of Jan. 27, individuals who can be vaccinated at the Mountain View site with an appointment are: eligible healthcare personnel in Phase 1A, individuals age 65 and older who live in Santa Clara County and do not receive care from Kaiser or Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and individuals age 65 and older who receive their primary care from Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Hospitals and Clinics.

The vaccination site at the Mountain View Community Center is for individuals whose primary care provider is not with Kaiser or Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

The Mountain View Community Center vaccination site is an appointment-only location.

Eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine changes frequently. Visit sccfreevax.org for the latest information about who is eligible to be vaccinated.

Also, view the joint City of Mountain View and County of Santa Clara news release for more details about the Mountain View Community Center serving as a vaccination site. View the news release in Spanish

1/25/21 Update: The County of Santa Clara and the City of Mountain View partnered to open a new mass vaccination site for the public in Mountain View. On Friday, January 22, the County of Santa Clara Health System began operating the appointment-only vaccination site at the Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., with support from City staff.

The community center site offers vaccinations by appointment only, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. The site has begun services gradually to prevent appointment delays and will ramp up quickly to provide up to 1,000 vaccinations per weekday. City and County staff, including public safety staff, are assisting with traffic control and security at the facility.

Due to limited vaccine supply, the County and other healthcare providers in the region are currently offering vaccinations to healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents, as well as people who are age 75 and older. As more vaccine supply becomes available, healthcare providers will expand access to additional groups. 

To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at this or other locations in Santa Clara County, visit sccfreevax.org.

View the joint City/County news release about Mountain View's vaccination site.

MyTurn vaccine notification tool 

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, the State of California launched a vaccine notification tool, MyTurn.ca.gov. Californians can sign up on the My Turn website to get notified when it's their turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Site visitors submit basic information about their age and other coronavirus-related factors and the platform lets them know if it’s their turn to get a vaccine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Who can receive a vaccination at the Mountain View location?
A1. (April 13, 2021 Update): The County of Santa Clara is currently vaccinating individuals who are age 16 and older.

(April 2021 Update): The County of Santa Clara is currently vaccinating individuals who are age 50 and older; healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents; workers in the following sectors: food and agriculture, education and childcare, and emergency service, and county residents age 16 and older with high risk medical conditions.

(March 2021 Update) Per the California Department of Public Health, individuals described below are or will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines based on available supply, :

  • Phase 1A: healthcare workers and LTC residents
  • Phase 1B: Food/Agriculture***, Education/Childcare**, and Emergency Services***:  5,960,528 Californians
    65+: 6,254,300 Californians
  •  Beginning March 15, healthcare providers may use their clinical judgement to vaccinate individuals age 16-64 who are deemed to be at the very highest risk for morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 as a direct result of one or more of the severe health conditions included in this provider bulletin.

For more information, view State Public Health's COVID-19 vaccine allocation guidelines.

Effective Feb. 4, 2021, the vaccination site at the Mountain View Community Center is for all Santa Clara County residents age 65 and older are now eligible to be vaccinated at any vaccination site in the County, regardless of their healthcare provider. Visit sccfreevax.org for the latest information about who is eligible to be vaccinated.

Q2. The County of Santa Clara recently announced that healthcare providers will expand COVID-19 vaccinations to a new eligibility group starting Feb. 28, 2021. When can you start making appointments if you are part of this latest group?
A2. Workers in education and childcare, emergency services, and the food and agriculture industries across Santa Clara County can start making vaccine appointments on Feb. 22, 2021. However, the vaccine can only be administered to this newly expanded group starting Feb. 28, 2021. To make an appointment, visit sccfreevax.org.

Q3. If I'm eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the Mountain View location, how do I schedule an appointment?
A3. Visit sccfreevax.org to schedule an appointment in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese. Residents without internet access or who need additional assistance can make appointments through the Valley Connection Call Center at 408-970-2000.

Q4. If I meet the eligibility requirements for the Mountain View vaccination site, can I just show up to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
A4. No, appointments are required to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you meet eligibility requirements. Schedule an appointment by visiting sccfreevax.org

Q5. If my healthcare provider is Kaiser or Palo Alto Medical Foundation, how do I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
A5. If you are a patient of Kaiser or Palo Alto Medical Foundation, you can schedule your vaccine appointment through their system or use www.sccfreevax.org to book an appointment.

Q6. How much does it cost to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
A6. COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost. However, they are only available to eligible individuals.

Q7. I am a senior and need transportation to get a COVID-19 vaccine. What are my options?
A7. Seniors in need of transportation to and from their vaccine appointment at the Mountain View Community Center are encouraged to utilize RoadRunners. Call one week in advance of the appointment to schedule. Call Roadrunners at 650-940-7016. Clients must be ambulatory; walkers are okay. If you are unable to get an appointment through Roadrunners, request a Lyft by calling 2-1-1.

Volunteering

The County of Santa Clara has opportunities in which you can help support front line staff and first responders in a variety of settings, including remotely. Options may include volunteering at the Mountain View COVID-19 vaccination site located at the Mountain View Community Center.

For more information about volunteering, visit the County website

Learn more about the vaccines

These fact sheets are provided by the U.S. federal government (Federal Drug Administration).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has more information about the fact sheets.

Also, find more information on the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination website.

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