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This Week in San Mateo County Health
Week of December 6, 2021

Indoor Mask Mandate

Bay Area health officials announced the criteria necessary for lifting indoor mask mandates. Read more here.

This dashboard charts the county’s progress in reaching the measures needed to lift the mandate.

The indoor mask mandate remains in effect in San Mateo County.

Omicron Variant

The California Department of Public Health has published a fact sheet about the Omicron variant.

Children’s Vaccines

Pediatric vaccines (5-11) are available at the Event Center Playland clinic, with or without an appointment. See days and times here under Event Center.

We also hope to offer the pediatric vaccine at some county-operated community clinics, with convenient access for residents in the most impacted neighborhoods. Residents can check MyTurn to book appointments at these clinics and see other offerings near where they live, including local pharmacies.

Local pharmacies, including CVS, Safeway, Lucky Supermarkets, and Walgreens offer vaccines for the 5-11 year-old group at some of their locations. Residents should check MyTurn and these pharmacy chain’s websites to confirm availability. 

An additional resource for searching for COVID-19 vaccines, including pediatric (5-11), is It’s simpler than MyTurn and useful for searching for locations without first having to input a lot of data.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention everyone 18 and over to get a booster six or more months after they received the Moderna or Pfizer second shot.

Anyone who received the Johnson & Johnson single dose two or more months ago should also get a booster.

The San Mateo County Event Center (1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo) is administering Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson boosters for individuals 18 and older. In addition, first and second doses are available: Pfizer for 12+, Moderna for 18+, and Johnson & Johnson for 18+. 

Due to high demand, appointments are now required for the booster clinic. Sign up on MyTurn. Participants with an appointment should expect a wait time at the Event Center site.

Boosters are available at community clinics, health care providers, pharmacies, and the Event Center. See county-operated clinic schedules here.

Cases in Schools

Information about the incidence of COVID-19 in schools in San Mateo County is managed by the individual school districts. Find information here.

Message from the Chief

Read the latest community update from San Mateo County Health Chief Louise Rogers, which documents the progress in reaching the remaining unvaccinated residents in the county.

Vaccination Records

The California Department of Public Health has created an online portal where you can access your vaccination information. The site will give you a digital copy of your vaccine record, which you can also print.

Testing is Still Important

Testing remains an important strategy in continuing to reduce the spread of the disease and to protect individuals who have not been vaccinated. Testing is available for all ages, including young children and infants.

People who are vaccinated or unvaccinated should get tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19. Unvaccinated persons should get tested if they have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 or have concerns about being infected or exposed.

See for more information about locations and schedules. In addition to these sites, testing is also available from health care providers and other community organizations.

Interested in Bringing a Vaccine Event to Your Organization?

Complete this form to partner with San Mateo County Health to bring the COVID-19 vaccine to your organization/location.