Santa Clara County administers first COVID-19 vaccines

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — Healthcare workers at skilled nursing facilities have received the first COVID-19 vaccines in Santa Clara County on Thursday morning.

At Tully Road, vaccinations began around 9 a.m. The county’s first batch has more than 5,000 doses. A second batch is coming on Friday, giving the county a total of 17,550 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

The number of people who can get the vaccine is half of that, due to needing two doses per person.

All vaccines will be distributed to hospitals countywide.

Stanford health care workers will receive nearly 4,000 doses starting Saturday.

County health officials also expects to receive 39,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine next Tuesday if it is approved by the FDA.

These early doses of the Pfizer vaccine are first being given to people who work in highest risk categories.

It will be months before the vaccine is available to the general public, the goal is to eventually have the vaccine available to anyone who wants it, for free.

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