February 25, 2021
COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic and safely returning all students to in-person learning. Not only that, it will help keep you, your family, your community, and your country healthy and safe.
We are working closely with San Mateo County Health and all schools, districts, preschools, and childcare facilities to swiftly vaccinate educators against COVID-19 in the coming months. Educators are advised to check this webpage frequently for information about COVID-19 vaccinations.
Status of Vaccines in San Mateo County
The State is currently vaccinating Phase 1 A of its rollout plan and has authorized the vaccination of those in Phase 1B Tier 1, including K-12 school staff and childcare workers, as supplies allow. San Mateo County Health along with health care providers in the county have begun to vaccinate priority 65+ residents and will continue to vaccinate eligible Phase 1A health care workers and long-term care residents.
Currently, the State is dedicating at least 10 percent of the state's vaccine supply to vaccinate education workers. The County of San Mateo is expanding COVID-19 vaccinations to teachers and child care providers, first responders, and food and agricultural workers who work in San Mateo County and are eligible under the state’s Phase 1B as supply allows. The County Office of Education is working closely with San Mateo County Health and members of the early learning and K-12 community to ensure the vaccine is distributed as efficiently as possible while following the County's equity framework. Once it is their turn, teachers and child care providers will receive notification through their school and district leaders to make an appointment. Notifications will be sent to each individual and should not be shared with others.
What Can I Do Now?
- Receive vaccine-related updates. Sign up through San Mateo County Health to be notified when you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and what options are available. This notification system is meant as an interim strategy as the State of California assembles a statewide COVID-19 vaccine notification system called MyTurn, which is scheduled to launch later in February.
- Stay informed. San Mateo County Health has a variety of helpful resources on vaccines and the distribution of them in San Mateo County.
- Help spread the word. Tell your friends and family members about the value of vaccines and encourage them to get vaccinated when it’s their turn.
- Get your flu shot. Keep yourself and others safe. CDPH has information about the value of the flu shot this year.
- Be patient, kind, and wait your turn. Our healthcare workers are doing all they can to fight COVID-19. Hounding County Health staff who are working 24/7 will not make vaccines appear more quickly, but it will take time away from the critical work they are doing. Skipping lines is never a good practice to model for our children.
- Be hopeful. The speed at which the COVID-19 vaccines have been developed is truly amazing. Scientists and the medical profession continue to be impressed by research results that seem to reflect a high degree of efficacy in protection. Within the next six months we can expect that educators, child care workers, and many of our friends and loved ones will have received the necessary doses of vaccine and the turmoil caused by this global pandemic may be easing for all of us.
Frequently Asked Questions
Vaccine Updates from the County Office of Education
Phone: (650) 802-5515