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Oct 04

Vaccine booster clinics scheduled for those with highest risk

Posted to Menlo Park COVID-19 Updates by Lisa Atwood

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.

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Oct 18

Participate in the RethinkWaste Poster Contest and promote composting

Posted to Menlo Park Sustainability News by Clay Curtin

Menlo Park is a part of the South Bayside Waste Management Authority, better known as RethinkWaste, and the public agency recently announced its annual poster contest, which is open to students in grades 3–5 within its local service area. This year’s theme is Compost Champions, which encourages children to demonstrate how they compost their food scraps, dirty paper, and yard trimmings in an art form.

Contest guidelines:

  • Participants must be in grades 3–5 in the RethinkWaste service area
  • The poster should highlight why it is important to compost food scraps, dirty paper and yard trimmings
  • The poster must be on standardized 8.5 x 11-inch white paper in landscape (horizontal) orientation
  • All artwork must be original artwork, no copyrighted material, computer graphics or characters
  • Artwork must be 2D and in any medium, such as paint, markers, color pencils or crayons

This year’s contest is only for individual students. The first place winner will have their poster displayed on local Recology trucks and the top 3 contest winners will be recognized at the RethinkWaste website and social media and receive amazing reusable items.

Submissions are due online by noon, Friday, October 29. Applications are now available on the poster contest webpage. Spanish-language contest guidelines are also available.


Oct 11

Reimagine SamTrans meeting to share proposed network changes

Posted to Menlo Park Transportation News by Clay Curtin

The Reimagine SamTrans project is an analysis of SamTrans’ bus system in San Mateo County, with the goal of proposing network changes to better the rider experience. Over the last year, SamTrans has proposed various route alternatives that aim to improve efficiency based on factors such as route coverage, frequency and regional connections. Community feedback helped SamTrans staff refine the options over summer 2021, with a preferred network proposal ready for review before deployment in summer 2022.

There are minor and major service changes proposed throughout San Mateo County, with proposed changes in South County that will affect Menlo Park riders. Routes with proposed changes include the 281, 286 and 296, and on school tripper routes such as the 80, 83 and 84.

SamTrans will be holding a virtual community meeting to share information and gather further feedback on the proposed changes for summer 2022. 

SamTrans South County meeting
Thursday, Oct. 21, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Meeting link:
Call in phone number: 312-626-6799
Zoom Webinar ID: 858 7664 0032
Languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin and Tongan

For those that cannot attend the meeting, you may also submit feedback on the Reimagine SamTrans webpage. To submit feedback via the webpage, go to the South County webpage or school tripper webpage and scroll to the feedback window about halfway down the page.

For more information, please visit the Reimagine SamTrans website or call their customer service line at 800-660-4287.