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COVID-19 Vaccination Program Overview

Overview This Week in San Mateo County Health

COVID-19 Vaccination Program

update: April 19, 2021

Receive Notification When You Are Eligible

While COVID-19 vaccine supply remains limited, you can sign up for the County’s notification tool to receive notification when the State makes you eligible and information about how you may get an appointment.

This notification system is meant as an interim strategy as the State of California launches a statewide COVID-19 vaccine notification system called MyTurn, which will offer online appointment scheduling for our area soon.

Currently Vaccinating

Following state and federal guidance, County Health has paused the use of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. Community clinics with planned use of Janssen have switched to Pfizer or Moderna. Other initiatives that utilize Janssen, including vaccination of homebound residents, patients discharged from hospitals, and new bookings at correctional facilities, are being reevaluated.

As vaccination eligibility has expanded in California to 16+, County Health continues to focus on small, targeted clinics in communities in need, as vaccine supply remains limited. Until we receive increased supply of vaccine, we are not able to offer vaccination more broadly.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs are available here and are frequently updated.

Please note: SMC Health does not provide letters for worker groups regarding vaccine eligibility. Employers are responsible for providing their employees with proof of employment if it is required.

Free Transportation to Vaccination Sites

SamTrans will provide free bus rides on existing service to COVID-19 vaccination sites for people living or working within San Mateo County. Read more here.

SamTrans and Bay Area transit agencies are also teaming up to ensure that individuals who are eligible for the vaccine can use transit to get to vaccination sites and learn where and how to do it.

Caltrain will provide free train rides to and from COVID-19 vaccination sites for people living or working along the corridor within San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Read more here.

Blue Shield

Blue Shield members can visit blueshieldca.com/coronavirus and the Vaccine FAQ’s for the latest info on vaccine priorities.

Dignity Health

Dignity Health Medical Group – Sequoia is now vaccinating established patients who meet state eligibility guidelines.  Please see the Dignity Health Medical Group website for details. If you are not in the current vaccination group, Dignity Health respectfully asks you not to call for vaccination updates at this time due to high call demand. The website will be updated regularly, so please check back for the latest information.

Kaiser

Kaiser members can visit kp.org/covidvaccine for the latest info on vaccine priorities and how to get a vaccine when you meet state criteria. You can also call the 24/7 recorded message hotline at 1‑855‑550‑0951 (available in English and Spanish) for regular updates. Members will receive email updates on the vaccines by registering on kp.org. For more information, visit kp.org/coronavirus.

Kaiser is currently offering vaccine appointments through their website by completing an e-visit or by calling (866) 454-8855 for all eligible groups.

San Mateo Medical Center & Clinics

Patients of San Mateo Medical Center’s clinics can click here for the latest information on how to get a vaccine when you meet the state’s criteria. Eligible Patients will be contacted by their primary care clinic as soon as appointments become available. Updates will be posted on the SMMC website. 

Stanford Health

Stanford Health Care is offering vaccine to eligible groups. Any eligible and interested person  should click here or call (650) 498-9000 to make an appointment.

Due to frequent updates and expanding eligible populations, Stanford encourages patients to visit its website for the most up-to-date information. 

Sutter / PAMF

As supply allows, Sutter is offering COVID-19 vaccines to eligible groups.

Vaccination is by appointment only. For any individuals looking to make an appointment with Sutter Health, the website to the Sutter vaccine appointment system is www.sutterhealth.org/covid-vaccine and the phone number is (844) 987-6115. Sutter continues working to expand vaccine supply and appointment availability, prioritizing patients who are highest risk according to government guidance. For more information, please visit Sutter’s COVID-19 vaccine page.  

Uninsured Residents

Health insurance is not required to receive the vaccine.

For residents without health insurance but who do have a health care provider, please contact your health care provider directly.

For residents who do not have a provider and would like to enroll in a health plan, please click here. Health insurance is available regardless of immigration status, through a combination of Federal, State, and County programs. Call (650) 616-2002 to speak to an enrollment counselor.

Veterans (and their Spouses & Caregivers)

Veterans, as well as their spouses and caregivers can sign up here to be notified of vaccination opportunities through the Veterans Administration. Additionally, local VA clinics offer appointments over the phone: 

  • Palo Alto VA Clinic:  Appointments can be obtained by calling 650-496-2535.
  • San Bruno VA Clinic: Appointments can be obtained by calling 650-615-6000.

The following links provide additional information:

Pharmacies

Several CVS (800-746-7287), Rite Aid , Safeway, Walgreens, Costco and Lucky Pharmacies in San Mateo County have begun offering the COVID-19 vaccine by appointment only. Please visit their websites for the most up to date information including how to schedule appointments. 

While supply of vaccine is limited at this time, more locations (and additional pharmacies) will be able to offer more appointments as vaccine becomes available. Visit California Department of Public Health’s website for up to date information about which pharmacies are involved in the state’s partnership.

Equity in Vaccine Distribution

San Mateo County and the state of California have made equity a key priority of local vaccine distribution.

Our communities of color, low-income communities, older adults, and other impacted populations face many barriers to vaccine acceptance and access. We are currently involved in a community engagement effort to learn from leaders closest to our most impacted communities. For more information about acknowledging the impact of medical distrust, click here. We look forward to hearing from community leaders about their needs and concerns so we can respond, plan accordingly, and adjust as we learn.

Read more about our focus on equity in vaccine distribution.

Seeking Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer with vaccine distribution, including as a licensed medical professional, please sign up via this form.

Have a Question Not Answered Here?

Email our vaccine liaison at: covidvax@smcgov.org