update: March 1, 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs are available here and are frequently updated.
San Mateo County Health is actively working through the different phases of distribution as quickly as we can to direct the limited supply of vaccine to the identified priority groups. We are currently vaccinating members of Phase 1A and 1B as vaccine supply allows, in keeping with the State’s guidance.
The State’s phases and tiers of vaccine recipients are outlined here.
Beginning February 22, the County of San Mateo expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include teachers, child care providers, first responders and food and agricultural workers who meet the state’s Phase 1B criteria, as supply allows. Despite this expansion in eligibility, appointments remain extremely limited.
We are committed to ensuring that everyone in San Mateo County who wants the vaccine will receive it.
Vaccine is actively coming to San Mateo county and being routed to healthcare organizations and pharmacies. Most San Mateo County residents will receive the vaccine from their primary care provider or pharmacy. Contact your health care provider for the most accurate and up to date information about when and how you can expect to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments might not immediately be available, check back regularly as more access becomes possible.
Dignity Health Medical Group – Sequoia is now vaccinating established patients who are 65 and older, health care workers, teachers and child care providers, first responders, and food and agricultural workers. Other groups will follow, according to federal and state 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 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 offing vaccine appointments through their website by completing an e-visit or by calling (866) 454-8855 for the following groups:
- Health care workers
- Long term care patients and staff
- People age 65 and older
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. Patients who are over the age of 65 will be contacted by their primary care clinic as soon as the vaccine is available. Updates will be posted on the SMMC website.
Stanford Health Care is offering vaccine to healthcare workers, individuals 65+, and those at risk of exposure though their work in:
- Education and Childcare
- Emergency Services
- Agriculture and food
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
If you have selected Sutter Health as your system of care (which includes Palo Alto Medical Foundation), the website for the Sutter vaccine appointment system is www.sutterhealth.org/covid-vaccine, and the phone number is (844) 987-6115.
Health insurance is not required to receive the vaccine.
For residents without health insurance but who do have a health care provider (including patients at clinics at San Mateo Medical Center), please contact your health care provider.
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 need to be enrolled with the VA in order to receive the vaccine. The VA system is is offering vaccination to any VA Health Care Eligible Veterans who is 65 or older or meets high-risk criteria. Appointments are required (no walk-ins are available at this time)
- 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:
- COVID-19 vaccine for Veterans
- COVID-19 vaccines for Veterans FAQs
- Veterans can stay informed by signing up for updates here
Some CVS and Rite Aid 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.
Supply of vaccine is extremely limited at this time. More locations (and additional pharmacies) will be able to offer more appointments as vaccine becomes available. Stay connected to vaccine updates through CVS and Rite Aid vaccine portals.
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 Qualified Medical Volunteers
If you are licensed medical professional and would like to volunteer with vaccine distribution, please sign up via this form.
Have a Question Not Answered Here?
Email our vaccine liaison at: firstname.lastname@example.org