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Posted on: January 14, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines & You - Eligibility Expanding

Vaccines & You - Eligibility Expanding

Supply of the COVID-19 vaccine remains limited, but everyone will eventually have an opportunity to receive one for free when it’s available. The vaccine roll out has been evolving as statewide distribution unfolds to meet the high demand and limited supply. Find the latest information on the County’s COVID-19 vaccine web page.

The State recently announced it will be expanding eligibility to those 50 years and older starting April 1, and to everyone April 15. San Mateo County health leaders expect to continue to align with the State's eligibility definitions and look forward to the time when everyone is eligible. Their focus will remain equity, speed and scale in their local approach. Read the County’s response to the state’s announcement.

If the opening of eligibility aligns with much more supply to the County, they would expect to continue to mobilize locally targeted clinics in our most vulnerable communities, as well as offer mass vaccination at high-throughput sites such as the SMC Event Center and the SFO Long Term Parking garage.

San Mateo County and local health providers are currently vaccinating residents 65+ and all the other occupations and groups that are currently eligible including teachers and child care providers, food and agricultural workers, those experiencing homelessness or living in congregate spaces like shelters and jails, transit and wastewater workers, and people aged 16-64 who are deemed to be at highest risk to get very sick from COVID-19 due to severe health conditions. Eligibility will depend on both state and local county conditions. So be sure to check current local eligibility on the County’s COVID-19 vaccine web page.

For the next few weeks, the County is focusing its vaccine distribution in communities highly impacted by the virus by shifting away from large-scale mass vaccinations sites and providing more smaller, targeted clinics in communities in need. Locations have been chosen based on data from the Healthy Places Index (HPI) and on data showing vaccination rates lower than the county average. Find local data on the County Health's dashboards.

What Can You Do?

Make sure you're signed up for both the County's notification tool to be notified when you are eligible for the vaccine AND the State's MyTurn system. You can also sign up through your health care provider or local pharmacies. Contact information for providers and pharmacies is on the County’s COVID-19 vaccine web page.

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