Bay Area counties on standby to receive 1st batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine


Twenty-four hours after the FDA granted an emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, several Bay Area counties say they are ready to receive the first batch.

“The county doesn’t have any real say in the priority, but we are given a tier system. We help to allocate those doses that we get to the hospitals to make sure they receive what they need,” said Marty Fenstersheib, vaccine and testing officer for Santa Clara County.

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Some counties are projected to receive more vaccines than others. Santa Clara County is expecting more than 17,000 doses. According to Dr. Fenstersheib their COVID-19 numbers are more than 1,000 cases a day.

“The health department is going to take it upon itself in our county to provide vaccine for the staff at skilled nursing facility,” said Dr. Fenstersheib.

Also among the first to get the vaccine are veterans in VA’s long-term health care facilities.

The Palo Alto VA was selected as one of 37 VA sites to receive the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“This is just the first allocation. People should realize that this is a very small amount of vaccine. We will see vaccine shipments hopefully each week for the next months,” said Dr. Fenstersheib.

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