Dear Stanford community,
Information about vaccine distribution in California and the Bay Area is changing rapidly.
To help you keep track of the latest information, Stanford has put up a new Vaccinations web page. You can find this page on the Health Alerts website at http://healthalerts.stanford.edu/vaccinations.
We encourage you to bookmark this page and come back to it regularly for the latest information on vaccine availability in the counties around us.
If you are 65 or older, you are eligible for vaccination and can schedule right away, as more vaccine appointments have opened up in the local area. To get vaccinated, contact your health care provider or other vaccine providers in the county where you live. Links to what is available in each county are available on the Vaccinations web page highlighted above. Some pharmacies are also now offering vaccinations to eligible groups.
In Santa Clara County, for instance, vaccine appointments are available with Stanford Health Care, Kaiser Permanente, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and other providers, and you can schedule in one location even if your health care is normally provided at another. While some providers may have a wait time due to limited vaccine supply, the Santa Clara County health system is currently providing expanded vaccination appointments through local vaccination sites and through a new supersite at Levi’s Stadium.
If you live in Santa Clara County, information on making a vaccination appointment is available at sccfreevax.org. Other Bay Area counties have similar structures in which vaccines are available through health care providers and county-run vaccination sites. The Vaccinations web page has additional information for each county.
If you are a supervisor, please help us ensure that employees are aware of the new Vaccinations web page through staff meetings or other regular communications.
Finally, please remember that even after you are vaccinated, you need to keep wearing a face covering and following all other public health safeguards. A tight-fitting mask with multiple layers is important for everyone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasized this week. More information is available here.
We will continue to keep you informed about the vaccine situation in California as it evolves, and please consult the Vaccinations page for the latest. Thank you and stay well.
Associate Vice Provost
Environmental Health & Safety
Rich Wittman, M.D.
Stanford University Occupational Health Center