Santa Clara Co. to expand vaccination eligibility to more essential workers

Santa Clara County health officials announced Wednesday they will begin expanding vaccine eligibility to more essential workers beginning February 28.

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- Since vaccinations began in mid-December, Santa Clara County health officer Dr. Sara Cody says they've reached an important milestone.

SARA CODY: We have vaccinated over 50% of those 75 and over and nearly half of those 65 and over.

- Despite vaccine supply being unpredictable, she says by February 28, they will expand eligibility to include education and childcare, food and agriculture, and emergency services.

SARA CODY: This is not precise, but it looks like we will be in very good shape with this group and have the capacity to bring on additional eligible persons.

- That news came as a huge relief to fourth-grade teacher Allison Medlin.

ALLISON MEDLIN: Just found out about an hour ago, so I'm just over the moon.

- San Jose Unified School District still has not allowed students back for in-person learning. But that could soon change.

ALLISON MEDLIN: When we hit orange or yellow or vaccines are widely available to teachers, then that sort of starts the ball rolling.

- But before then, the county admits it is still addressing issues of access and equity. In addition to opening a new site in Gilroy that takes dropins, the county also plans to expand hours at other sites to include evenings and weekends. Board of Supervisor President Mike Wasserman says they're also urging younger family members to get the last 50% of those 65 and older an appointment.

MIKE WASSERMAN: Please call them up and say, hey, have you been vaccinated?