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May 18, 2021

FDA authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 12-15

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday authorized use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds in the United States, a crucial step in the nation’s steady recovery from the pandemic and a boon to millions of American families eager for a...

County urges teens to get Covid-19 vaccine as demand slips

Santa Clara County officials urged eligible county residents Friday to get fully vaccinated against Covid-19 amid a drop in demand, particularly among young adults and teenagers. More than 1 million vaccine doses have been administered countywide and roughly two-thirds of county residents age 16 and...

Local dentist launches donation drive to battle Covid surge in India

In 2020, a South County dentist launched a donation drive of medical machines to help battle a shortage of ventilators in the Covid-19 fight. Now, Dr. Kusum Atraya is joining volunteers from around the globe to help India, which is undergoing a deadly wave of...

Local vaccine clinics now accepting walk-ins

Covid-19 vaccination clinics in South County are now accepting walk-in patients, with no appointments necessary. The next clinic in Morgan Hill is scheduled for 10am to 5:30pm May 1 at the Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road. Any individual age 16 and older may...

Bay Area health officers issue statement on Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Nine health officers from the greater Bay Area on Sunday released a statement supporting recent federal guidance to lift the pause on the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine for adults.  The health officers, from the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, Santa...

County opens vaccine eligibility to all residents age 16 and up

Santa Clara County opened Covid-19 vaccine eligibility Tuesday to all people who live and work in the county who are age 16 or older, joining several other Bay Area counties in fully opening vaccine eligibility. Local health officials credited a significantly increased allocation of vaccine...

Supreme Court lifts restrictions on prayer meetings in homes

The Supreme Court late Friday lifted California’s restrictions on religious gatherings in private homes, saying they could not be enforced to bar prayer meetings, Bible study classes and the like. The court’s brief, unsigned order followed earlier ones striking down limits on attendance at...

Gilroy firefighters vaccinate residents at home

Gilroy firefighters have been visiting the homes of residents over the past month, giving Covid-19 vaccinations to those who may not have the means to travel to a clinic. Earlier in March, Santa Clara County Public Health launched the Mobile In-home Vaccination Program, with Gilroy...

Newsom: California economy ‘fully reopening’ June 15

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced that the state is “setting our eyes on fully reopening by June 15—with commonsense measures like masking.” Newsom made the announcement via Twitter, and reiterated the state’s plan to eventually forgo the current four-tiered, color-coded reopening system during...

New Covid-19 cases flatline in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County has experienced a sharp decrease in the number of known Covid-19 cases since January that have led to loosening restrictions. But those numbers have flatlined in recent weeks, and with new variants circulating in the county, cases could be on the...