Residents of Santa Clara County on Tuesday could have received a text message saying local medical providers had “extra” COVID-19 vaccines and to sign up for an appointment.
According to the county, these texts come from “unofficial sources,” and health care providers still only vaccinate residents in state vaccination phase 1A, which includes health care workers and longtime residents.
The county is still investigating the source of these text messages and does not know how many people received the message about the “extra” vaccines.
Supervisor Joe Simitian said he received several messages Tuesday about this text asking individuals to sign up for a vaccine.
County Chief Jeff Smith said erroneous texts bypassed the state platform (CalVax) to sign up for a vaccination agreement. This site is not under the county area.
“We are going to communicate with the state to find out how we can improve security on the program,” Smith said. “At the same time, we want to expand our service population so that we do not want the left hand to say ‘No does not show up’, while the right hand says, ‘Yes shows up.’ ”
It is likely that healthcare providers across the South Bay will soon expand to Phase 1B Tier 1 vaccination, which includes individuals over the age of 75 and older as well as other key employees.
The county reminds all residents that the best way to check if they are currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine is to visit the county’s website at sccfreevax.org.
This is the official source of vaccine-related information in Santa Clara County and includes information on scheduling vaccination agreements if a resident is eligible.
To ensure that they meet the criteria for vaccination, each person will be asked to verify their status upon arrival at a vaccination site for their appointment.
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