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Apr 05

State expands COVID-19 vaccine access

Posted on April 5, 2021 at 12:58 pm by Lisa Atwood

The California Department of Public Health expanded access to the COVID-19 vaccine to residents age 50 as of Thursday, April 1, and all individuals 16 will be eligible to make an appointment to be vaccinated starting April 15. Within the next few weeks, San Mateo County expects to receive an increased supply of vaccines. 

The current supply constraints and limited advance notice make it more difficult to reach those with less flexibility in their work, caregiving or personal responsibilities,” said Chief of San Mateo County Health Louise Rogers. San Mateo County continues to focus on community clinics and eligible local residents in lower-income neighborhoods.

A total of 263,664 individuals have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot in San Mateo County through Wednesday, March 24, 2021, up nearly 50,000 from the prior week. Of the total, 132,445 individuals have completed the vaccination series, bringing the total number of doses administered to 390,884.

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

Residents should also sign up for the State’s MyTurn tool, which is expected to offer online appointment scheduling in our area in the coming weeks.

Public health officials still urge residents to continue safe practices and regular testing. Testing helps inform the public health response by identifying potential outbreaks and protects overall public health by allowing patients to get treatment sooner.

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