The following is information about the City of San José’s response to slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19 and support of an equitable recovery to a “Better Normal.”  


Updates on City of San José Services and/or Operations

  • City Manager Update to Council: City Manager Jennifer Maguire presented an update to the City Council during Item 3.1 yesterday, Nov. 30, regarding the City’s response to COVID-19. Maguire and officials from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) provided updates on:
    • COVID-19 Vaccination Highlights and Recent Trends
    • Vaccination Task Force/ Pediatric & Booster Update
    • Advocacy
    • Integration of Efforts

The full City Council meeting can be viewed on the City’s YouTube Channel.

  • Free Tax Workshop for Small Businesses: The City of San José is hosting a free online workshop in Spanish Monday, Dec. 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. The online workshop will help business owners understand and fulfill the latest federal tax requirements. Topics discussed will be:
    • The purpose of an EIN (Employer Identification Number)
    • Basic record-keeping requirements for tax purposes
    • Tax forms for business organizations
    • How to pick the right licensed tax preparer

The instructor, Pedro “Adrian” Espinoza, is part owner and office manager of Espinoza’s Tax & Immigration Service, a large volume tax preparation office near San Diego. He has worked in the tax industry since 2008. He holds a Juris Doctor from Western Sierra Law School and enjoys consulting on complex tax issues for business, individual and international tax returns.

The presentation slides and recording will be available free to all registered business owners. The webinar is hosted in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service. Register for the Free Tax Workshop for Small Businesses now!

Update from the State of California

  • First Case of New COVID-19 Variant Detected in California: The first case of the COVID-19 variant named “Omicron” has been detected in the United States. It was reported today in a joint statement by the California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health. Like the Delta variant, Omicron has been labeled as a “Variant of Concern” by the World Health Organization.

The recent emergence of the Omicron variant further emphasizes the importance of being fully vaccinated, receiving the booster as soon as eligible, and taking prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19. For more information about the variant, see the Omicron variant fact sheet.

In a statement issued Monday, Nov. 29, President Biden stated, “The best protection against this variant is getting fully vaccinated and getting a booster shot.” He further said the U.S. will fight COVID this winter “not with shutdowns or lockdowns but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing, and more.”

Public Health officials are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation related to the variant. The State has established a public-private partnership called COVIDNet to help understand and control the spread of the virus, and to help with the early detection of the variant in California.

This situation is developing quickly, and it is strongly recommended to check travel restrictions on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website prior to making travel plans.

COVID-19 Vaccine, Testing, Tracing, and Support Services

  • No Appointment Necessary for COVID-19 Vaccinations: The vaccine clinic locations listed below do not require advance appointments, however, capacity and wait times may vary. Vaccines are free, and no insurance or proof of immigration status is required. Anyone age five or older is eligible. Staff will be onsite to support language needs and disability access. Individuals seeking vaccination are encouraged to arrive at least one hour before closing time. Additional clinic dates and locations are added frequently, check for the most up-to-date information. For Santa Clara County locations outside of San José, visit the County’s vaccinations web page.

Booster shots are available for everyone 18 and older who received Pfizer or Moderna for their second dose at least six months ago or who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago. Third doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines are available for severely immunocompromised people at least 28 days after their second dose.

*Appointments can be made at these sites.

At the sites where there are **, vaccines for 5-11 are not available.


  • Appointments Available for Testing This Week: Appointment-based testing continues at locations throughout Santa Clara County. For locations outside of San José, visit the County’s COVID-19 testing web page. Walk-ins continue to be accepted at standing pop-up sites in San José.

Please visit to make an appointment and find the most up-to-date information. Testing is free at all these sites.

County test sites provide COVID-19 tests free of charge, regardless of immigration status, and no doctor’s note is needed. For people without COVID-19 symptoms, the County currently offers indoor and drive-through sites. People with symptoms are directed to drive-through sites to reduce the chance of getting others sick.

All healthcare systems are required by the County order to offer free testing to symptomatic persons, persons who have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case, and all essential workers. For more information on testing rights, see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

All test sites are mapped on the County’s website at The site is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Tagalog. Information is also available by calling 2-1-1.
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A person’s risk for COVID-19 is not related to race, ethnicity or culture. City employees must abide by the Discrimination and Harassment policy, and treat colleagues and members of the public with courtesy and respect. Discrimination and/or Harassment of any kind is a violation of the policies and will not be tolerated.