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COVID-19 Vaccination Program Overview

Overview This Week in San Mateo County Health

COVID-19 Vaccination Program

update: May 13, 2021

Scheduling a Vaccination Appointment

The State of California’s MyTurn system offers options for online appointment scheduling for vaccine clinics throughout San Mateo County. You can also call the CA COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255 (available in multiple languages) for scheduling support.

Currently Vaccinating

With sufficient supply of COVID-19 vaccine, the County of San Mateo is offering vaccination clinics throughout the county to anyone 12 and older. See the times and locations here. Appointments are not required, but residents can see options and sign up through MyTurn.

The California Department of Public Health has updated guidelines for immigrants, which note that vaccines — including the COVID-19 vaccine – do not count under Public Charge rules.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs are available here and are frequently updated.

Free Transportation to Vaccination Sites

SamTrans provides 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 provides 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.

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.

Pharmacies

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

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.

Homebound Vaccination 

We are actively working with our health partners to connect those who are homebound with pathways to receive the vaccine.

Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health have been offering at-home vaccination services to those who are receiving care from those organizations. If you receive healthcare from either one of these providers, please contact them directly to learn more.

  • Sutter Health: Please click here or by calling (844) 987-6115.
  • Kaiser Permanente: Please click here or by calling (866) 454-8855.

If you are not receiving healthcare from Kaiser or Sutter at this time, please call our county vendor, HR Support to see if you or a loved one qualify for homebound Covid-19 vaccination. You can reach HR Support directly by calling: 

  • Toll Free Number: (855) 330-3760
  • General line: (510) 363-0051

You may also fill out the state’s MyTurn platform to be notified of vaccine options available to those who are homebound. Please be sure to select “yes” to the question “I need help with transportation to a vaccine clinic, or I need a home appointment because I am unable to leave home due to limited mobility or fragile health.” to be added to their contact list.

Vaccination Records

All vaccine administrators in the state report each vaccination to the California Immunization Registry where you can log in to see an official record of your immunizations. Visit their website and submit your request using this form

Please note that this process requires you to verify your identity by uploading a copy of a photo ID, and then creating an account.

The State offers support: via 

  • email through CAIRHelpDesk@cdph.ca.gov, and  
  • phone at 800-578-7889

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