County behind in providing Covid vaccinations

Covid vaccination tents are set up in the north of the Toy Story parking lot at the Disneyland in Anaheim. AP photo.

San Mateo County is still in the first phase of distributing Covid vaccinations, giving shots to nursing home workers and residents of long-term homes employees.

The county is encouraging people to contact their health care providers — such as Sutter, Kaiser and Stanford — if they want a vaccine.

While the state has granted approval for vaccinations to move into Phase 1B — which includes adults 65 years and older — San Mateo County has not completed 1A vaccinations yet.

The county continues to vaccinate health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities as part of Phase 1A of vaccine distribution.

While most people will get vaccinated through their health care providers, those without a health plan can receive the vaccine via county “partners.” However, appointments are no longer available at the county’s vaccination clinic, hosted Monday through Saturday this week. The clinic catered to Phase 1A individuals not covered under a health plan. — Bay City News

For more information on San Mateo County’s vaccine distribution, visit or email questions to [email protected].

Instead of a first come, first serve method of distributing vaccines, Gov. Gavin Newsom has decided the distribution will take place in tranches that emphasize “equity.”

Right now, California is in Phase 1A of vaccine distribution, which covers:

• Health care workers
• Workers and residents at skilled nursing facilities and other long-term care homes

Phase 1B includes people who are unable to work from home, live or work in highly impacted areas, or are most likely to spread the virus to coworkers or the public. Phase 1B is broken down into two tiers.

Phase 1B, Tier One

• People 65 and older
• Teachers and child care workers
• Emergency services workers
• Grocery store employees
• Farm workers

Phase 1B, Tier Two

• Workers in transportation and logistics
• Workers in the industrial, residential and commercial sectors
• Critical manufacturing workers
• Prisoners
• The homeless

Phase 1C

• Anyone 50 and older
• Anyone 16 to 64 years old with an underlying health condition or disability
• Workers in water and waste management
• Workers in the defense, energy and chemical sectors
• Communications and IT workers
• Financial services and government operations workers
• Community service groups


  1. To the editor This is a disgrace to San Mateo county. We need to give the vaccine to everyone in the appropriate tier group without regard to their Insurance coverage. This is a pandemic and people are dying every day. We need to get as many people vaccinated as possible and as fast as possible. We should be working 24/7!!! No shots on Sunday!!! Disgraceful lack of leadership and lack of concern for public health

  2. I agree with John. I noticed how much advertising this web site enjoys that I would say at a very significant price. Why isn’t some of that money used into distributors life-saving necessity to every resident in San Mateo County? What does the income for this county go to? It’s got to be a question of money that residence in San Mateo County or left to fend for themselves. It is a shame it is a scandal!

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