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COVID-19 Vaccination Program Overview

Overview This Week in San Mateo County Health

COVID-19 Vaccination Program

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.

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

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, with some locations offering vaccine to residents 5-11. See the times and locations here. Appointments are not required, but residents can see options and sign up through MyTurn.

Pediatric appointments (5-11) at the Event Center Playland clinic are available by appointment only. Families who don’t have appointments will not be able to get their children vaccinated. Please don’t come to Playland without an appointment.

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) are added regularly. 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 

Homebound residents needing vaccination should click here for more information.

Proof of Vaccination 

The State of California has recently announced a digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record portal, which draws records from California’s immunization system. To receive digital proof of your vaccination, visit: https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/ and follow the instructions:

  • Enter your name, date of birth, and an email or mobile phone number associated with your vaccination record
  • Create a four-digit PIN. If the information you submitted matches the official record, you will receive a text or email with a link to your digital COVID-19 vaccine record
  • Using the email or text you receive, enter your PIN to view your record

If you have any issues or questions, please contact the COVID-19 Hot Line at 833-422-4255.

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.

Have a Question Not Answered Here?

Email our vaccine liaison at: covidvax@smcgov.org