May 03

Vaccine appointments available as county’s vaccine supply increases

Posted on May 3, 2021 at 7:13 pm by Clay Curtin

The County of San Mateo is launching weekly mass-vaccination clinics for anyone who lives or works in the county at the San Mateo County Event Center

Sixteen and 17-year-old San Mateo County residents are eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine May 4, 2021, at the San Mateo Event Center site with parental or guardian consent. No pre-registration is necessary, but appointments can be made on and the clinic code is “SMCEC.” The site is drive-thru only. Minor teens must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the vaccination site or bring a consent form, signed in advance by a parent or guardian, to the clinic. The consent form and more information is available for download in English and Spanish.

The San Mateo Event Center is located at 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA, 94403. The hours for Tuesday’s Pfizer clinics are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

At the weekly mass-vaccination events, appointments for the first-dose are open to anyone 16 or over (for Pfizer clinics) or 18 or over (for Moderna or Johnson & Johnson clinics). Participants must live or work in
San Mateo County and can make appointments up to three days in advance. Residents under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Apr 12

Great Plates Delivered program extended to May 7

Posted on April 12, 2021 at 9:55 pm by Clay Curtin

The Great Plates Delivered program in San Mateo County will continue providing daily, prepared meals to qualifying senior community members helping to keep them nourished and reducing the need to leave home to access meals. The latest program extension runs through May 7, 2021.

Great Plates has been delivering meals prepared by local restaurants since May to older adults in San Mateo County who are at heightened risk due to COVID-19 and are unable to obtain or prepare meals. 

If you are 65 and older, or age 60-64 at high-risk from COVID-19, are COVID-19 positive or have been exposed to COVID-19, and live alone or with one other eligible adult, you might be eligible. To see if you qualify, call 1-800-675-8437 or visit the San Mateo County food assistance website. 

To learn more about the program, review the Great Plates Program FAQs and check out the program fact sheets:
Apr 05

Grants available for operators of shuttered live venues

Posted on April 5, 2021 at 12:59 pm by Lisa Atwood

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched a portal where operators of live performing arts groups, museums and other venues can learn about the new Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application process. Applications will be accepted starting April 8, 2021.

Allowable use of funds:
  • Payroll costs
  • Rent payments
  • Utility payments
  • Scheduled mortgage payments (not including prepayment of principal)
  • Scheduled debt payments (not including prepayment of principal on any indebtedness incurred in the ordinary course of business before Feb. 15, 2020)
  • Worker protection expenditures
  • Payments to independent contractors (not to exceed $100,000 in annual compensation per contractor)
  • Other ordinary and necessary business expenses, including maintenance costs
  • Administrative costs (including fees and licensing)
  • State and local taxes and fees
  • Operating leases in effect as of Feb. 15, 2020
  • Insurance payments
  • Advertising, production transportation, and capital expenditures related to producing a theatrical or live performing arts production. (May not be primary use of funds)
Those who have suffered the greatest economic loss will be the first applications processed under the following schedule:
  • First priority: First 14 days of grant awards. Entities that suffered a 90 percent or greater revenue loss between April 2020 through December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Second priority: Next 14 days of grant awards. Entities that suffered a 70 percent or greater revenue loss between April 2020 through December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Third priority: Beginning 28 days after first and second priority awards are made. Entities that suffered a 25 percent or greater earned revenue loss between one quarter of 2019 and the corresponding quarter of 2020.
  • Supplemental funding: Available after all Priority Periods have passed. Recipients of first, second, and third priority round awards who suffered a 70 percent or greater revenue loss for the most recent calendar quarter as of April 1, 2021, or later.
For more information, visit the Small Business Administration webpage.

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