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SMC Health COVID-19 Plan & Metrics

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SAN MATEO COUNTY VACCINE PLAN
TO STOP SPREAD OF COVID-19 AND REDUCE DISPARATE IMPACTS

Introduction/Background

Newly available safe and effective vaccines are one of the most important ways to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Access to these vaccines must be equitable. Because we don’t yet have enough vaccine for everyone, the federal and state governments have decided the order in which certain groups will become eligible in phases between now and summer when we hope to reach all residents.

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PLAN FOR PREVENTING SPREAD OF COVID-19 IN SAN MATEO COUNTY AND REDUCING DISPARATE IMPACTS

Introduction/Background

Significant disparities exist in San Mateo County affecting our low-income residents and communities of color.  Deep and longstanding social/economic factors are at the root of these issues, yet COVID-19 has exacerbated these inequities. For example: in San Mateo County members of the Latinx community represent 24% of population, but 43% of COVID-19 cases (as of February 2021).

While there is more we need to understand, it is clear that our pandemic response must continue to target all low-income residents and communities of color with a tailored, culturally competent approach.

Our Plan: Two strategies to reduce spread and inequities

San Mateo County Health’s plan to contain the spread of the virus is designed to have customized approaches for different at-risk community groups, tailored to meet their specific needs. The plan focuses on two strategies: 

Strategy 1 

Improve Communication to Build Trust, Engagement and Participation in Protection Efforts

Strategy 2

Enhance Targeted Strategies for at-Risk Communities

Our Ultimate Measure of Success

How will we know if we are making progress? California requires each county to reduce overrepresentation of low-income and/or minority groups in its COVID-19 positive cases. The way this is measured is by comparing rates of positive cases in different neighborhoods (or census areas). In order to move into less restrictive tiers, the lowest ranking neighborhoods on the Healthy Places Index need to meet certain thresholds.

How are we doing?