Santa Clara County Encourages New Round of COVID Vaccinations for Children

Santa Clara County has launched a campaign to encourage parents and caregivers to have their children vaccinated after rates of immunization dropped during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The county's Public Health Department plans to make information available about the safety and efficacy of childhood vaccination at community events through June, with materials available in Spanish, Vietnamese and other languages.

The county also plans to train staff at local schools and non-profit organizations about vaccination requirements to attend public school and how to discuss vaccine hesitancy with parents.

The “Vaccines are another part of growing up” campaign comes in response to greater numbers of kindergarteners in Santa Clara County falling behind on their routine vaccinations for illnesses like polio, chicken pox and measles.

Roughly 350 kindergarteners in the county were overdue for their routine vaccinations during the 2019-2020 school year, but that has ballooned to roughly 440 during the 2021-2022 school year, according to data from the California Department of Public Health.

“This investment signals our dedication to achieving health equity, by making sure the families that were most impacted by the pandemic have the information they need to protect their health,” said Patricia Cerrato, the immunization program manager within the county's public health department.

“Community leaders and parents helped to design this campaign, and the materials, and we are really grateful for their partnership,” she said.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to talk to their child's physician about required and recommended vaccines for children.

Children without a regular doctor or health insurance can also access care through local community clinics or the county's health care system.

Information about required and recommended childhood vaccines can be found at

Vaccination clinics can be found here, while residents without health insurance can find information about the county health care system here. Click here for Information about the vaccination initiative.


  1. Are they overdue, or just don’t trust the system anymore? Are they overdue, or has it been much harder and much more uncomfortable going to get medical care/support?

    I support the vaccines that are on the childhood schedule, like measles/mumps/whooping cough/etc., – all my kids have them. But they won’t get the COVID shot because they don’t need it, and we just pass on the flu shot now. Neither of those shots should be put in the same category as the shots I mentioned earlier, or like Polio. It’s nonsense. For example, COVID is extremely low-risk for kids – they are the lowest risk. With Polio, they were the highest risk – especially kids under 5. Polio was also mainly impacted the spinal chord and brain stem. The fear mongering is elite level in this County.

    So, let’s stop comparing apples to oranges to deceive people into getting kids medical procedures they don’t need and frankly have higher risk factors, compared to the benefit.

  2. I keep reading the headline over and over in utter disbelief, then I read the body of the article and see a misfire in editing I’d guess..??.. The body of the article doesn’t appear to my sleepy eyes to say anything about encouraging kids to get the covid19 vaccine. Before I comment further, I’d ask the editor to bring the headline and article body into alignment so we can understand what news they’re trying to report.

  3. The destroyed people’s faith in vaccines with this scamdemic.

    The COVID “vaccine” doesn’t prevent people from catching, spreading, getting ill or dying from COVID. They conveniently updated definition of “vaccine” to reflect that.

    Especially for young children, who have the least risk of any age group, the side-effects of COVID vaccines outweigh any potential benefits.

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