The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and free – it’s an easy way to protect yourself and your loved ones. Santa Clara County now has many drop-in vaccination clinics with extended hours to meet your needs. Weekends, evenings, daytime – whatever time you need. Free rides are available, too! Getting the shot is 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.
Las vacunas contra el COVID-19 son seguras y gratis.
Visite www.scfhp.com/vacuna-covid-19 para información en español.
Get vaccinated, get rewarded
Not yet vaccinated against COVID-19? Listen up! Get vaccinated as soon as possible for a chance to win a reward, possibly even cash! Follow the link below to learn more about local reward incentives for those who roll up their sleeves to fight COVID-19!
- Vax for the Win: California's vaccine incentive program
- sccfreevax.com: Prize incentive program from the County of Santa Clara, the City of San Jose, and other community partners when you get vaccinated at any participating site
Get the information you need to receive the vaccine
The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, and it works. Every day, millions of people get the shot safely. The sooner we all get vaccinated, the sooner life returns to normal and stays that way. Below, we provide answers and additional resources to support you and your loved ones in getting vaccinated right away.
If you are age 12 and older, yes, you are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You no longer need to wait your turn or even make an appointment (unless you want to). With drop-in clinics offering extended hours across Santa Clara County, it is so easy to roll up your sleeve and get the vaccine. You can even do it today!
For the latest information on COVID-19 vaccination in Santa Clara County, including locations and hours of drop-in clinics, visit 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, including 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. Transit trips are free because VTA is currently not collecting fares. Please remember to follow the latest CDC guidelines for wearing face masks when using buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation.
The County and VTA have launched a free, door-to-door service to transport patients to their vaccine appointments. Accessible VTA paratransit vehicles will pick patients up, take them to their appointment, wait for them, and then provide the return trip. Anyone for whom transportation is a barrier to getting vaccinated can utilize this service, 7 days per week. Call the COVID-19 Assistance Navigation (CAN-19) resource hotline at 1-408-809-2124 at least 48 hours prior to your vaccine appointment to request this no cost service. VTA can provide up to 50 rides per day.
Even though the vaccines are highly effective, not enough people have chosen to be vaccinated yet. For everyone’s safety, masks and distancing are still effective steps to take, even if not required. 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, free, and easy – 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!