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We are committed to educating our community members about scams targeting seniors in Santa Clara County; as well as providing up-to-date information offering protection against such scams. This page offers timely data about scams reported, steps to take when targeted, and how to avoid these scams. Guidance is made available as scams are identified.

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County Warns of Scammers Sharing Unofficial Sources for Availability on COVID-19 Vaccines

Date Published

Friday, January 15, 2021

Santa Clara County officials advised that there has been a lot of misinformation on the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine being shared within the community. Some community members have reported to the County that they received text messages wrongly informing them of “extra” vaccine supply availability and providing them with registration links for appointments at vaccination sites throughout Santa Clara County.  

To the County’s knowledge, these messages originated from unofficial sources. The County is investigating the source of this misinformation and reminds the public that vaccination appointments are currently being scheduled for healthcare workers who qualify for vaccination under Phase 1A.  

The County expects that many healthcare providers in our region will soon expand access to the next group of County residents eligible for vaccination under the State’s guidance for Phase 1B Tier 1 – persons age 75 and older, and certain frontline essential workers. 

The County’s website at sccfreevax.org is the official source for vaccine-related information in Santa Clara County. It is regularly updated to reflect which community members are currently eligible to receive the vaccine, as well as how those individuals can schedule appointments. To ensure that they meet eligibility criteria for vaccination, every person will be asked to provide verification of their status upon arrival to a vaccination site for their appointment. 

If you are interested in learning more about protecting yourself from COVID-19 misinformation, we encourage you to speak with a Community Resource Specialist: (408) 350-3200, option 1.