San Mateo County health officials are urging San Mateo residents to receive their latest COVID-19 and flu vaccinations.
Despite COVID-19 cases being stable in San Mateo County, County Health officials said that results gathered from hospitalizations, test data and wastewater surveillance suggest that community transmission of the COVID-19 virus has been significant in the region.
In response to this, San Mateo County Health recommends that residents receive their latest COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters to prevent potential health problems, such as Long COVID.
COVID-19 vaccines are currently available to all residents that are six months of age or older. In addition, COVID-19 boosters are also available to residents five years of age or older.
San Mateo residents are also recommended by health officials to receive the updated COVID-19 bivalent Omicron booster, which provides increased protection against Omicron variants and subvariants — and in the process, preventing against significant health risks, such as severe illness or death.
Residents can get their COVID-19 bivalent booster at least two months after receiving their previous primary vaccine or booster.
As of Oct. 27, 17.5% of residents 12 years or older have received their COVID-19 bivalent booster, according to County Health.
Currently, residents that are five years old or younger are not eligible to receive the COVID-19 bivalent booster, although officials said that the updated booster will be available to that age group either in December 2022 or January 2023.
In addition to the COVID-19 vaccine, residents are also recommended to get their latest flu shots. Flu vaccinations are available to residents that are six months of age or older.
COVID-19 and flu vaccinations are available at both pharmacies and health care providers.
In addition, to better assist the communities that have been hit the hardest by COVID-19, San Mateo County health officials that it will be offering vaccination clinics at rotating locations.
To view the list of vaccine clinic locations and times, or to schedule a vaccination appointment, click here.