Oct 04

Vaccine booster clinics scheduled for those with highest risk

Posted on October 4, 2021 at 10:15 am 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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Aug 30

Help San Mateo County plan for booster doses, take the two-minute survey

Posted on August 30, 2021 at 12:02 pm by Lisa Atwood

Help San Mateo County plan for booster doses with this two-minute survey. Federal agencies are developing plans for a third or “booster” dose of Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for individuals eight months after their second dose, beginning as early as September 20, 2021. While this plan is still awaiting Food and Drug Administration approval, San Mateo County is already preparing for mass vaccination clinics and would like your thoughts on how to do this best. 

Please help San Mateo County plan for booster doses with this two-minute survey.

This survey is meant to provide a better understanding of resident interest in receiving a booster or third dose of Pfizer or Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. You will need to schedule an appointment through a separate pathway once booster vaccinations begin in late September.

All survey results are anonymous. 

San Mateo County Health strongly recommends receiving vaccination to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. If you would like to learn more about vaccination options available through San Mateo County Health, please email San Mateo County Health visit the San Mateo County Health website. 

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Aug 23

Coping with stress and the new COVID-19 variant

Posted on August 23, 2021 at 9:29 pm by Clay Curtin

Feeling overwhelmed? You are not alone. It is important to know how to manage stress for your health and overall well-being as keeping physically healthy. This pandemic may be affecting your mental health causing stressors related to paying bills or fear of catching the variant. Several professional and practical resources are available to help manage and cope with emotional and mental health.

The California Surgeon General published a stress relief guide with things you can do every day, at home, to help support your mental and physical health, utilizing six key strategies:  

  • Maintain supportive relationships
  • Engage in physical activity  
  • Get sufficient, high-quality sleep
  • Ensure you get proper nutrition 
  • Get mental health support
  • Practice mindfulness, for example meditation, yoga or prayer

There are many local mental health resources available for coping with stress and mental health during this time of COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are in need of information, resources, an assessment and referral for mental health or substance use services call 2-1-1 or the BHRS Access Call Center: 1-800-686-0101, TDD: 1-800-943-2833