SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — It’s a tale of two counties when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
San Mateo County can’t get enough doses, while its neighbor Santa Clara County has plenty, enough vaccine to meet the demand.READ MORE: Project Home: Federal Court Strikes Down CDC Eviction Moratorium; What Does It Mean For Bay Area Renters?
“We have approximately 170,000 doses between the federal and state governments, and we’re able to disperse those across a week at our mass vaccination sites,” said Rupalee Patel, the site manager for Santa Clara County’s mass vaccination site on Berger Drive in San Jose.
One 24-year-old San Jose retail store worker decided it was time for her to get the vaccine.
“I think I wanted to just get it over with and feel more comfortable going out and stuff,” said Ibona, who booked an appointment online. “It’s really easy and fast.”
The Berger Drive mass vaccination site is giving out about 3,000 vaccines a day. Another mass vaccination site at Levi’s Stadium is giving out 12,000 a day.READ MORE: COVID Recovery: Bay Area Restaurants Struggle To Hire Staff Ahead Of Likely Big Mother's Day Weekend
“We are taking out just enough vaccine to cover our appointments for the day to make sure that none of it goes to waste,” Patel said. “And any leftover doses are hand-carried to other mass vaccination sites that are still open, or to hospitals.”
But just across the county line it’s a much different story in San Mateo County.
“Just this week, if you can imagine, we’re only doing 6,000, just 6,000 first doses,” said San Mateo County Board of Supervisorss President David Canepa.
San Mateo County’s population is less than 800,000 while Santa Clara County’s population is about two million. But while Canepa says his county has a wealthy reputation, its residents also include many frontline workers in Daly City, East Palo Alto and farmworkers on the coast who should be protected.
He said his county’s success in controlling the virus may be preventing it from getting more vaccine.MORE NEWS: Fire Crews Contain 15-Acre Vegetation Fire In Discovery Bay; Fireworks Suspected
“We made great strides at the tier level. So what we’re asking the state to do is don’t penalize us,” said Canepa.