FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 9, 2020
Santa Clara County, CA – The County of Santa Clara anticipates a first delivery of 39,300 doses of Moderna vaccine later this month, if that vaccine receives required Emergency Use Authorization from the federal government.
This will be in addition to the anticipated 17,550 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. These early doses of both vaccines will be made available to people in the highest risk categories, as defined by the federal government and State of California: people at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their work in direct health care or long-term care settings, and residents of long-term care facilities.
While these initial allotments will not provide vaccinations for everyone in the priority groups, more doses of both vaccines are expected to become available in the coming weeks and months. The County is prepared to rapidly and equitably distribute all vaccine doses it receives according to a required vaccine plan submitted to the state earlier this month.
As is the case in other counties across the state, the County Public Health Department will help to allocate vaccine doses to hospitals in the county. Storage and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines will be complex for many reasons, including the requirement that the vaccine be stored at low and ultra-low temperatures.
The County continues to receive information from the federal and state government about vaccine prioritization, allocation, requirements, and timelines, and will continue to share that information with stakeholders and the public as we receive it.
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