The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and free – it’s a great way to protect yourself and those around you. When it’s your turn, the safest thing you can do is get the shot and encourage others to do the same. It’s a small step that goes a long way for staying healthy and safe where you live, work, and play.
Learn more about current COVID vaccinations in Santa Clara County:
Visit our COVID-19 resource page for more information on testing, symptoms, vaccines and community support.
Get the information you need to receive the vaccine
At Santa Clara Family Health Plan, we want to be a helpful source of information about when and where the vaccine is available. Below, we provide answers and additional resources to support you and your loved ones in getting vaccinated as soon as you can.
You can check your eligibility for the vaccine using a statewide tool at myturn.ca.gov.
The supply of COVID-19 vaccines is growing quickly but remains limited for now. Vaccines are being released to the public in phases. Santa Clara County does not determine vaccine eligibility, nor do health plans. Following the state of California’s priority phases and tiers, each local vaccine provider decides what categories of patients they have the capacity to vaccinate at any given time. Learn more about current vaccination in Santa Clara County at www.sccfreevax.org.
Yes, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. No matter which brand name vaccine you receive, all COVID-19 vaccines are safe and authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use authorization (EUA). The vaccines were developed quickly due to a solid foundation of existing research and development on other strains of coronavirus. All the usual and required steps were taken during the development process. That includes testing the vaccine with thousands of volunteers of different ages, races, and ethnicities. The vaccines meet all safety standards and are recommended by health experts and doctors.
It is possible you will experience some mild, short-term side effects from the vaccine. This is normal and can be a sign that your body is building immunity against the virus. A small number of people have had an allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), but these cases are extremely rare and can be treated by a provider. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine safety from the CDC.
Yes, free transportation is available for those who need it. For Santa Clara Family Health Plan members, we offer transportation to COVID-19 vaccine and testing sites at no cost. Use the “Request a Taxi” form on the member portal at www.member.scfhp.com (we will call you to confirm). You may also request a ride by calling our Customer Service representatives at the numbers below:
- Medi-Cal Members: 1-800-260-2055, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Cal MediConnect Members: 1-877-723-4795, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- TTY: 711
If you are not a member of Santa Clara Family Health Plan, free transportation is still available. Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has created an interactive map of current vaccination locations, along with the bus or light rail routes to each site. Transit trips are free because VTA is currently not collecting fares. To use the VTA’s interactive map, click on a vaccination location. You will then be able to view Google Maps transit options to find the most efficient transit route to your destination. Please remember, masks are required on buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation.
No. If you are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination due to a medical condition, you do not need to provide documentation from your health plan or healthcare provider to get vaccinated.
Yes. After you get your vaccine, you should still:
- Wear your mask
- Stay at least six feet apart from others
- Wash your hands often, and
- Stay home as much as possible while everyone gets vaccinated.
For more information about what is safe to do once you are vaccinated, visit this CDC guidance.
Creating a healthier Santa Clara County
In addition to getting your shot, you can make an even bigger impact by encouraging friends, family members, coworkers and others to roll up their sleeves to get vaccinated. Spread the word that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective and free – and it’s the right way forward for our community. Follow us on Facebook for updates and information you can share to get the word out!