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This Week in San Mateo County Health
Week of January 17, 2022

Indoor Mask Mandate

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

With the extension of the statewide mandate through 2/15/22, the indoor mask requirement remains in effect in San Mateo County.

Delays in Receiving Test Results

We apologize for the turnaround time delays that many residents are experiencing. Unfortunately, the staffing disruptions that are being felt across all sectors are also affecting the turnaround time for test processing results.

The County is working with Virus Geeks and our other partners to address this issue. With demand for COVID testing at an all-time high, we are seeing challenges across testing providers and labs. We understand the importance of timely information for the residents to take the appropriate actions. We recommend that any residents experiencing respiratory symptoms stay home and avoid contact with others.

Please know we are aware of the public’s concern and are working with our testing partners to improve the situation.

Testing, Contact Tracing and Isolation & Quarantine

County Health’s testing, contact tracing, and isolation & quarantine guidance — aligned with the California Department of Public Health — is here.

Children’s Vaccines

Pediatric (5-11) vaccines will be available at many sites, mostly schools, throughout the county during the month of January. Appointments on MyTurn are encouraged but not required. See more information here.

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 Event Center booster and first- and second-dose vaccine clinic is a walk-up, not drive-through, operation. Participants park and enter Redwood Hall for the vaccination (enter at 2495 S Delaware Street in San Mateo). The clinic is open Wednesdays through Saturdays (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Appointments via MyTurn are preferred, but participants may also come without an appointment.

Boosters are available at community clinics, health care providers, pharmacies. Check MyTurn and see County-operated community 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.

County Heath Urges Testing

Amid sharp increases in new COVID-19 cases during this holiday season, County Health is urging residents to seek out testing and get vaccinated, especially those traveling or anticipating a return to in-person schooling.

An additional PCR test site is available at the Event Center. Operated by Virus Geeks, the site requires advance appointments via Enter at 2701 S Delaware Street in San Mateo.

Read more about County-sponsored options for testing here.

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