Half of County’s 65-and-Over Residents Have Been Vaccinated

The Covid-19 vaccine rollout has been difficult and is taking longer than expected, but finally Santa Clara County officials say they are seeing notable progress.

On Monday, the county announced that more than half of residents 75 years and older and 43.7 percent of those 65 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

This brings the county’s total to 232,761 residents partially or fully vaccinated, constituting 14.5 percent of the county’s population eligible for getting the vaccine (those 16 years and older).

County officials said this new milestone reflects “strong progress” toward their goal to get 85 percent of those 16 and older vaccinated by Aug. 1.

“It is heartening to see that as a county, we have made such great progress in vaccinating our older residents who are at very high risk of severe illness and death from Covid-19,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, the county’s Covid-19 testing and vaccine officer.

Those 65 and older made up 81 percent of Covid-19 deaths and around 60 percent of hospitalizations, which is why they have been prioritized for the vaccine.

The next group of people prioritized and slated to get the vaccine starting March 15 are those ages 16 to 65 with at least one “severe health condition,” state health officials announced on Friday.

Those conditions include cancer, Down syndrome, pregnancy, stage four or higher kidney disease, pulmonary diseases necessitating oxygen, a weakened immune system due to an organ transplant, sickle cell disease, obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart conditions like coronary artery disease and cardiomyopathies.

State guidelines allow counties to follow in similar suit, but Santa Clara County could delay vaccinations for the March 15 group at its own discretion.

In the past, the county waited to vaccinate those 65 years and older, despite the state giving the green light, because of low vaccine supply.

Fenstersheib said vaccine supply still remains a problem.

“This historic effort is saving lives, but we must continue to accelerate our work to reach our entire community, with particular focus on the communities most impacted by Covid-19,” Fenstersheib said. “In addition, we need sufficient vaccine supply from the state and federal government to achieve our goal of widespread community protection.”

Currently, those eligible for Covid-19 vaccination includes all health care workers, those in long-term care facilities and those 65 years and older.

Residents can make an appointment by visiting the sccfreevax.org site or by calling 211 for assistance in multiple languages.

The county also launched two mobile clinics that do not require appointments located at the Gilroy Senior Center, 7371 Hanna St., Gilroy, and the Public Health Story Road Hub, 1775 Story Road, San Jose.

Vaccinations will be available on Wednesdays in Gilroy starting at 8am and Thursdays and Fridays in San Jose with on-site registration starting at 8:30am.


  1. As predicted Proud Boy Haugb attacked the 49ers for opening the stadium fot vaccinations. Myers upset that all those brown people were there while Racisr Baikey said as along as minorities were there, he’d go somewhere else

  2. Another Oath Keeper heard from, Santa Clara’s head Klansman Burt Field upset that people were vaccinated without permission at Levi’s

  3. Our children need to be protected. The “older folks” need to get vaccinated. Some of them have a susceptibility to be sick. We should wait as long as it takes.

  4. In keeping with the practice of mainstream media outlets, Ms. Kadah’s piece leaves out vitally important parts of the story. In this case, Ms. Kadah completely overlooks the fact that the government health care system has been and is doing most of the essential work to combat, contain and defeat the coronavirus.

    Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, the County authorities have had to persistently cajole, mandate and, at times, fine for-profit hospitals to scale up their coronavirus testing efforts to meet community needs (https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/order-health-officer-06-15-20.aspx; https://www.sanjoseinside.com/news/private-healthcare-systems-still-lagging-in-covid-19-tests/; https://sanjosespotlight.com/santa-clara-county-fines-hospitals-for-failing-to-comply-with-covid-19-testing-order).

    For their part, the for-profit hospitals lobbied to get back to their mainly privately-insured clientele and elective surgery-driven profit model. Some even furloughed staff, reduced staff salaries, closed a maternity ward in East San Jose and/or opted out of providing vaccinations to the public–all in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic (https://sanjosespotlight.com/are-south-bay-hospitals-ready-to-perform-elective-surgeries-amid-covid-19/; https://sanjosespotlight.com/markowitz-hca-jeopardizing-mothers-babies-with-planned-closure-at-regional-medical-center/; https://sanjosespotlight.com/following-covid-19-vaccine-scandal-good-samaritan-permanently-closes-vaccine-clinic/). Thus, while the community was confronting the most serious public health emergency in 100 years, the private hospitals ditched the Hippocratic Oath (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/greek/greek_oath.html) in favor of the bottom line on their balance sheets.

    Meanwhile, the government-run Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) provided the leadership, expertise, programming, outreach and the sheer capacity to spearhead the local response to the pandemic. SCVMC dominated coronavirus testing from the beginning, has consistently dominated treatment and now dominates coronavirus vaccinations (https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/dashboard-testing.aspx#hstesting; https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/dashboard-vaccine.aspx; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujJeH66tyB8).

    In short, the government response to COVID-19 has staved off total disaster. Could there be a clearer or more compelling example–in this case a local one–of the superiority and efficacy of large-scale government programs and interventions in tackling large-scale societal problems? (Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal comes to mind here.)

  5. Their sickness affects everyone. The solution is simple. All the “old folks” need to get vaccinated. If they don’t want to, then they should stay in quarantine.

  6. No. “Drinking the kool-aid” means unquestioningly believing what you’re told by your idols and obediently doing what they tell you to do.

  7. The phrase “drinking the kool-aid” is based on the Jonestown tragedy and is used to indicate unquestioning acceptance and blind trust in some person or institution. It does not literally mean drinking poisoned kool-aid and dying. This probably wasn’t explained in Billy Madison so you can be excused for not knowing it.

  8. So you don’t have kids means I don’t care what you think about kids. No kids, renter, temp worker, fulltime troll. Wife? What experience do you have to offer to make me care? You barely know what life is.


  9. I see a bunch of words, but little else. These kids need to go back to school, they are falling too far behind, if there is a trade off, kids win. This whole charade of not killing grandma is mass virtue signalling, easier to protect grandma than make up two years of education of kids two years behind already. A parent knows this.

    What you fail to recognize is the strength of your own bias in what you choose as supporting facts. Your certainty is your tell. This is about as grey a situation imaginable, none of these decisions where made by “the science” and they maintain part by inertia, part by fear, part by partisanship, and part by the union. Science says kids dont spread, science says you get this at home, science says air volume, UV light, and viral load matters, and that science is obfuscated and light. This is not a cut and dry “follow the science” situation, and under such circumstances you do the least harm, which is quarantine the sick, sequester the vulnerable, and keep on keeping on with the rest. While you bellow on about logic, debate rules, and evidence, you fail to question your own bias, which is why you are certain. And that is why your opinions mean nothing to me, because a man with no skin in the game has the wrong perspective and easily ignores their own blindspots, because there is nothing lost once you realize you are deluding yourself.

  10. You prove my point. If you are worried about your health and if youre vulnerable, sequester yourself. If you have it, quarantine yourself, if you get it and your 75+ youre likely going to die. So sequester yourself, this was known last March. You are selfish to expect everyone to stop thier life to keep you and your friends safe. Kids are committing suicide, disappearing, and falling so far behind it will ruin their life. The stress that creates is leading to domestic violence, drug overdoses and general depression, but so what about that because your health, right?

    Statistically, this is a cold to people under 50. Kids are not spreaders, it is not getting transmitted from kids to adults. It is being spread because people are home too long, upping the viral load in a low volume of air change and no UV light.

    Get kids back in school, outside and moving. Get working age people out doing their job, they will be better off. If youre old and sick already, stay home and wear a mask. Wearing a mask outside is stupid. Wearing one in a home with people who mingle outside makes more sense.

    This is nothing like AIDS. AIDS, even for sexual active homosexuals and drug users could be handled through protection and if you got it, you couldnt recover with your own immunity. If you get COVID and your not obese, diabetic, or old most will barely notice it.

    This obsession with controlling people through fines and lockputs has zero “the science” behind it and resonates with control freaks and people who dont have anything to worry about but themselves and their “friends”.

    Blood is far thicker, and any parent I know sacrifices everything for their kids, all except baby boomers, who only care about their own generation.

    Your analogies are as poor as your facts. You have lived a selfish and overly cautious life, you have nothing real at stake, no business, no house, no kids, this perspective and its inherrent bias is dangerous to the future, because you only care about it in an abstract way.

  11. I believe in science.
    Science, I’m not seeing much of it these days. I see political rhetoric passed of as science. Nearly every thing that was declared as factual and scientific by the so called experts, politicians and News people about Covid-19 was wrong. 99.7% of people survive this disease. My wife and I, diabetic, obese, high blood pressure etc and over 70, survivors of Covid-19, I had a cold for 3 days and flunked a covid-19 test. Don’t need your shot now. Don’t need the mask that didn’t work, Don’t need to quarantine.
    So when does our world return to normal? Maybe when the Uncle Joe regime is replaced in 2024?
    For this we have faith, and pray for.

  12. I saw Gavin recently saying, I believe, I believe, I believe… Not clear to me that he understands science. These statistics from yesterday say


    3,492,363 cases in California with 48,349 deaths. That’s a survival rate of 98.6% (so far), which is much worse than the 99.7% quoted above.

    Maybe you think there are many more undiagnosed (asymptomatic) cases or that most of those deaths are really due to some other cause. But statistics say the death rate is more than 1% statewide.

  13. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/COVID-19-Cases-by-Age-Group.aspx

    Well, let’s see.

    40.1% of those that died in California where over 80, which is roughly the average life expectancy in CA.

    91.3% of those that died in California where over 50.

    1.4% of those that died in California where under 35.

    14 out of the 47537, or 0.02%, people that died in California where under 17, or school aged.


    Or, a school aged child in 2017 was 1.26x more likely to die of the flu than COVID in 2020-21. And if your child was 4 or under, they would be 3.40x more likely to die from the flu.


    That is qualified of course they died with COVID, not necessarily from COVID. Now death is a tragedy, no doubt. But kids die on the way to school in car accidents, homicide, playing sports, drug overdoses, suicide, neoplasms, and by unintentional injury by the thousands and we don’t cancel school, we don’t shut down the economy, we don’t end life.

    Stop your whining
    Stop your obfuscations
    Stop your strawmen arguments
    Stop your recitation of your white privilege debate rules
    Stop your political partisanship


    You are only hurting the worst students keeping them closed.

  14. My life is fine, best ever.

    My tenants are at zero rent debt, my rents are still about 15% below market, I just refi’ed everything down to the threes, bought two properties outside the US, my bitcoin is cranking, my 7th and 8th graders got As in classes I took in 10th and 11th grade, yet they still get to play sports and go face to face a few days a week, my reserves have never been fatter. My lifts as I eclipse my 40s are as strong as ever (maybe 10% off PB) and I have even convinced my wife to hit the Rogue Rack we bought. Stay-cations have popped my vacation rental income nicely, and I spent two months up in the mountains last year when everything went remote. It was AWESOME.

    COVID is great for me, fantastic for my family.

    Its the poor’s life that sucks under this. Their kids are falling far too behind and actually detaching from the education system far more than normal. The poor are in a debt hole my optimism would be challenged to overcome and they are getting the COVID because rent control and causa justa has further ghettoized them into overcrowded, chaotic, leaded, moldy apartment farms. And the parents, grandparents, and kids are all stuck there. Your way is a crime against humanity. And its just sad, very sad, like you. I try to fix it, you try to extend and expand it because you think you know what safety is. You know nothing of safety. Safety is moving forward, facing your fears, and accelerating through your mistakes, not freezing half way up the climb.

  15. hmmm Polio…


    Polio looked brutal from 1947 to 1953, making 1916 look tame. At the beginning of 1947 the GDP as $243.1B, by the end of 1953 it was $386.0B. During the polio epidemic, pandemic, end of the world when the economy was shut down as you claim, the GDP grew 58.7%.

    Maybe check your work before bloviating. Like checking the history of South Carolinian Senate membership.

  16. yet again with cog dis

    You said the economy was shut down, now you say it was fueled by Keynesian Economics, or the opposite of a shutdown.

    had this been an argument about Hayek vs Keynes, that would be different. Your failed point was about Polio and COVID, now you are changing the subject because you can’t seem even be honest with yourself.

    Cog dis is a painful threshold, but to become a functioning member of society and a free thinker, you must cross it.

    This is why you are so angry, this is why you are in so much despair. The emotional cost of changing your mind based on facts is too hard to overcome, it is just easier to still think price controls and Authoritarianism is correct and keeping vulnerable people safe.

  17. “Just understand no matter what, the safety of the people is the only priority.”

    What an utter load of BS.

    If that were true, it would be illegal:

    To drive. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motor_vehicle_fatality_rate_in_U.S._by_year

    To eat sugar. https://www.livescience.com/51385-sugary-drinks-global-deaths.html

    To be fat. https://ourworldindata.org/obesity

    To drink alcohol. https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/alcohol-facts-and-statistics#:~:text=%20Alcohol%20and%20the%20Human%20Body:%20%201,in%203%20liver%20transplants%20in%20the…%20More

    To ride your bike. https://injuryfacts.nsc.org/home-and-community/safety-topics/bicycle-deaths/#:~:text=Bicycle-related%20deaths%20peak%20in%20the%20summer%20months,%20starting,September%20(119)%20and%20the%20fewest%20in%20February%20(58).

    To have kids. https://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20171116/bearing-burden-of-maternal-mortality#:~:text=Beyond%20the%20women%20who%20lose%20their%20lives,%20many,CDC%20study.%20These%20risks%20are%20not%20shared%20equally.

    To go to war. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_by_death_toll#:~:text=Ancient%20wars%20%20%20%20War%20%20,Central%20Asi%20…%20%2011%20more%20rows

    To work. https://www.osha.gov/data/commonstats

    To take a shower. https://www.latimes.com/health/la-xpm-2011-jun-09-la-heb-bathroom-injuries-20110609-story.html

    Safety is A priority.

    Any reasonably thoughtful person knows safety is not the only priority. We live in a multivariant world, which Ms. Cody and those that push “follow the science” fail to understand. Especially since there was no science behind these decisions. But you continue to expose your bias with these posts. Yes, to you, safety is the only priority/ Which is why you love the lock-outs, love price controls, love excessive regulation, which is why your eyes can’t see any data which contradicts that worldview, because you can’t see how these things don’t make you safer, just more controlled.

  18. “You go ahead you you take your OWN risks. But you cannot dictate that ALL of us have to.”

    I think you have read too much of my wisdom, because you are starting to catch on, even for an HR grad. Now I am really understanding why you are so misguided, and why it has taken you so long to benefit from my gifts.


    You don’t want the risk, hide in your hole. I think we finally all agree.

  19. “GOD is not going to save the human race, nor business, that is just “wishful” thinking.”

    Nothing will save the human race, there is a beginning and an end. Everything ends, in religion as in science. The Bible is clear not everyone gets saved.

    I see you again purposely miss the point, I guess you are not so grateful as I thought. Let believers attend Cavalry Chapel and take their own risks, by your own logic. By your statement above, in which you mock their religion, let them take their risks and see if God saves them. I think the Lord works in mysterious ways, and even if you shuffle off this mortal coil, in my religion, is does not mean you aren’t saved.

    No one claims you are a communist, your fans ECONOCLAST, SALEM, and Mr. Trouble are. I claim your strict pessimism makes you a failure at capitalism, making you fail to act. There is nothing wrong with the principle of acceptable loss, I use it in every decision I make. I wear a mask, not because its the law, but because the risk/reward doesn’t pencil in. I lived in Taiwan and they believe it works. It is a faith thing for me, I have faith in Taiwanese, thus I have faith in masks. The facts are a bit more dubious, at least pre-political hijacking of “the mask science.”

    Shutting down the schools, businesses, churches is very damaging on levels seen and unseen, and it is quite clear to me the cure is worse than the disease. You of course won’t read too much about that because it is counter-narrative to the push to stifle debate on the government’s consistent infringement of our rights and grotesque overreach. It certainly wasn’t the case that “the science” they had last spring said shutdown, lockouts and fines was going to work better. I would think science will take a long time to collect data, set up controls, look for subtle ways to falsify, then debate it, at least I hope they will. Because any honest person knows there is no such thing as “the science” or settled science. Science by its definition changes, and any control against scientific debate is anti-science, especially for Authoritarian purposes, like shutting down churches.

  20. Action for action sake is not what is being proposed. I have already stated I follow the principle of acceptable loss, an intrinsically pessimistic outlook that assumes failure and assess my acceptance of that failure path. It assumes all activities are valuable on the success path.

    If I would never have gotten a job after college, I am okay with that. It was definitely worth it.

    If I get COVID at church, I am okay with that. Mass is one of the great joys of life.

    If I can’t fill my apartments, I am okay with that. Better than being a wage slave and make my boss rich.

    If I loose my house, I am okay with that. Better than being a rent slave and make my landlord rich.

    If my kids turn out to be unemployed, or end up in jail, I am okay with that. I can not imagine not having kids.

    If my wife leaves me for the cable guy, I am okay with that. Marriage is the best event in a string of very fortunate events that encompass my life. It’s a chance you’ve got to take if you want to live a full life with kids and a family.

    If I miss out on the joy of free climbing El Capitan, I am okay with that. Just not worth the chance of failing to my death.

    If I miss out on the joy of driving a Bentley, I am okay with that too. Just not worth the burning of money.

    If I miss out on the joy of a startup, I am okay with that too. Too much BS and liar’s poker for my taste, and I have seen what life is like in the oxygen-less, barren desert of startup nation. I was a safe harbor for many when I was a corporate VP and many were begging to be bought at the end.

    I do things that lower the chances of each worst case outcome, and don’t do things that are inconsistent with my view of the good life. But I am not alive if I am so afraid of the potential outcomes or so full of despair that I ruin other peoples’ lives around me.

    Pray, have faith, grind, and live.

    So far so good.

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