Youth and young adults are particularly urged to get vaccinated

Photo by Marty Cheek
Linda Clark, a resident of Wheeler Manor, receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot from a Gilroy firefighter at Gilroy Senior Center Feb. 17.

By Staff Reports

While more than two-thirds of Santa Clara County residents older than 16 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, leaders are concerned with a recent reduction in demand for vaccination and urge the public to continue getting vaccinated to save lives, prevent the spread of dangerous variants, and help the community emerge from the pandemic. In particular, the county urges youth and young adults to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Young adults ages 18 to 29 make up the highest number of unvaccinated individuals in the county, and although case rates are flattening or decreasing, young adults ages 18 to 34 have the highest rate of COVID infection of any age group.

“I’m concerned about the drop in demand for vaccine that we have seen over the past week or so,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 testing and vaccine officer for the county of Santa Clara. “We’ve come so far, but we aren’t in the clear yet. Today I am urging everyone to continue getting vaccinated. This will save lives, protect our community from dangerous variants, and help us get out of this pandemic. We won’t reach the finish line until everyone who is eligible gets a shot.”