Beginning Monday, San Mateo County will provide qualified medical staff and vulnerable residents with direct access to COVID-19 vaccination clinics.
The clinic-using the Moderna vaccine-started at 1pm at the San Mateo County Activity Center at 1346 Saratoga Avenue, San Mateo.
Workers and residents who qualify for Phase 1A of the state vaccine distribution guidelines are eligible for vaccination. This stage includes the following categories: people who are at risk of COVID-19 due to working in health care or long-term care facilities (including non-clinical personnel), and residents of nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities for the elderly or vulnerable personal.
On Monday, David Canepa, chairman of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, announced the mass vaccination clinic.
Canepa said: “This is the best news I have heard in a long time, indicating that the gloomy winter days will soon pass.”
Those interested in vaccinating at the Driveway site must fill out an online form to confirm eligibility. After confirming the qualifications, registration and appointment information will be provided.
The clinic will be open from 1 pm to 5 pm on Monday, and then from 9 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Saturday.
The county has approximately 38,000 medical staff and 12,000 long-term care residents. Canepa’s policy adviser, Bill Silverfarb, said that so far, the county has allocated 22,000 vaccines and has now vaccinated approximately 12,000 people. This does not include workers with separate vaccine allocations in healthcare systems such as Kaiser Permanente or Sutter Health.
Silver Fabb said that as long as the vaccine dose is available, the clinic is expected to continue. A second vaccination dose can be obtained in a similar clinic within four weeks.
Phase 1A patients who have developed a health plan through Kaiser Permanente can get the vaccine through their primary care provider in Kaiser.
For more information about eligibility for the Phase 1A vaccine, people can visit the San Mateo County Health page.