San Mateo County to resume mass vaccination sites
Starting Thursday, April 29, San Mateo County will have weekly COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics for anyone who lives or works in the county.
The San Mateo County Event Center mass vaccination clinic will return as the county's vaccine supply increases following weeks of constrained supply that prompted county officials to pause mass vaccination sites in mid-March.
Moving forward, the county will host two to three mass vaccination sites every week as supply allows. These are in addition to the community clinics in hard hit neighborhoods, where vaccine efforts have been focused for the past month.
County Manager Mike Callagy encouraged people to get the vaccine, saying in a statement that the more vaccines the county can get out, the safer the county becomes.
"We need to have everyone think of this vaccine as a life-saving measure that moves us closer to normalcy," Callagy said.
People can sign up for drive-thru appointments at the Event Center through the state's MyTurn.ca.gov website.
The county will also resume use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, per guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The county will continue to target vaccination efforts for people who are homeless, farmworkers and residents in communities with low vaccination rates.
First- and second-dose clinics will continue in neighborhoods and cities like North Fair Oaks, East Palo Alto, San Mateo, Daly City, El Granada and Half Moon Bay.
As of Monday, 445,776 San Mateo County residents have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This number represents 69% of the adult population eligible for the vaccine.
For vulnerable communities — those with lower vaccination rates and which have had high exposure to the virus — vaccination rates are at 56%.
County health officials: Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe
Nine health officers from the greater Bay Area on Sunday released a statement supporting recent federal guidance to lift the pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for adults.
The health officers, from the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Solano, and the city of Berkeley, said they agree with findings that the vaccine is safe and the risk of developing the rare clotting disorder is extremely low.
On April 23, the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration announced they would accept the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' recommendations to lift pausing on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for all adults.
According to the CDC, there have been 15 confirmed cases of the rare clotting event among nearly 8 million total doses administered in the U.S. Nearly all the cases have been in women.
Sunday's statement from the health officers recommends Bay Area health providers resume administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in an effort to prevent community spread and severe illness and death from COVID-19.
The region's health officers also support adding a warning label and the Western States Scientific Safety Review's recommendation that culturally and linguistically appropriate informational materials in an accessible reading level be made available.
Anyone who has received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should contact their primary health care provider if they have concerns or if they develop severe symptoms of headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination, the health officers said.
Comprehensive COVID-19 coverage
View interactive charts tracking the spread of the coronavirus in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties online at paloaltoonline.atavist.com/tracking-the-coronavirus. Find a comprehensive collection of coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by The Almanac and its sister publications, Palo Alto Online, and the Mountain View Voice, at tinyurl.com/c19-Almanac.
CalMatters and Bay City News Service contributed to this report.
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