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COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: January 14, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

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. COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the FDA have been shown to be safe and effective in clinical trials.

The State 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. 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.

Most San Mateo residents can expect to receive a vaccine from their health care provider.

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.
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

There are three phases and several tiers within Phase 1 for distribution with at-risk populations prioritized first. You can learn more about the tiers and phases on the San Mateo County's vaccination plan web page or the State of California vaccine web page.

Have questions?

If you live or work in San Mateo County and have questions about the vaccination schedule, you may contact San Mateo County Health at COVIDvax@smcgov.org.

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