Residents 16 and Over Eligible but Vaccine Supplies Remain Limited; New Hours for Libraries, Parks: Update on County Response to COVID-19

April 15, 2021
Redwood City –
 The County of San Mateo continues to work to protect public health and safety in response to the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.

The County of San Mateo’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains open to coordinate countywide response and communications in response to the situation. The EOC’s Joint Information Center will provide status reports every Thursday until further notice. Today’s report:

Vaccine Eligibility Opens to Residents 16 and Older
Beginning today, all California residents age 16 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines.

This milestone in the fight against the coronavirus, however, comes as vaccine supplies remain limited.

Residents are urged to check for availability and appointments with their health care providers and local pharmacies. California provides a “VaccineFinder” tool at

Residents can also sign up at or call (833) 422-4255 to get a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. If appointments are not available, residents can sign up to be notified when they are.

San Mateo County residents are encouraged to also sign up for the County’s notification tool to receive information about how to make an appointment.

San Mateo County Health continues to focus on small, targeted clinics in communities in need, as vaccine supply remains limited.

COVID-19 Vaccines: Frequently Asked Questions
The County has updated a list of Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 vaccines, eligibility and other useful information.

Learn more at

County Health Pauses Use of Janssen Vaccine
Following state and federal guidance, County Health has paused the use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.

Community clinics with planned use of Janssen will switch to Pfizer or Moderna. Other initiatives that utilize Janssen, including vaccination of homebound residents, patients discharged from hospitals, and new bookings at correctional facilities, will be reevaluated.

Learn more at

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises anyone who has have received the Janssen (J&J) vaccine and develops severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination to contact their healthcare provider or seek medical care.

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