Last week, the Centers for Disease Control recommended a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations and recommended a booster dose for those in high-risk occupational and institutional settings.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine, according to the following guidelines:
- People 65 years and older
- Residents in long-term care settings
- People aged 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions or at increased risk of social inequities
- People aged 18-49 with underlying medical conditions
- People aged 18-64 years who are at an increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting
Boosters are available only to individuals 18 and older who have received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago. Federal guidance for recipients of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines has not yet been issued.
Appointments for the Event Center booster clinic, and for other vaccination opportunities in the Bay Area, may be scheduled through MyTurn. For the Event Center booster clinics, appointments are encouraged but not required. Drive-up participants should bring their previous vaccination documentation. Those without documentation may self-attest to having received a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago and meeting the other qualifications outlined by the FDA and CDC.
San Mateo County Health will be holding drive-thru booster clinics at the San Mateo County Event Center on the following dates and times:
- Thursday, October 7, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
- Friday, October 8, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
- Tuesday, October 12, from Noon–7 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 13, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
For additional dates, times and locations, please visit the San Mateo County Health vaccine calendar.