Overview of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program – San Mateo County Health

Determine the date of vaccination

California’s MyTurn system provides online appointment scheduling options for vaccine clinics throughout San Mateo County. You can also call the CA COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255 (available in multiple languages) to schedule support.

An additional resource for research on COVID-19 vaccines, including those for children (5-11), is Vaccines. It’s simpler than MyTurn and useful for searching sites without having to enter a lot of data first.

Currently vaccinated

With an adequate supply of the COVID-19 vaccine, San Mateo County offers vaccination clinics across the county for anyone 12 or older, with some locations offering the vaccine to residents age 5-11. See times and locations here.

Appointments are highly encouraged in all clinics. Only a limited number of participants can be vaccinated without appointments. See options and sign up for appointments with MyTurn.

Free transportation to vaccination sites

SamTrans provides free bus trips on current service to COVID-19 vaccination sites for people who live or work in San Mateo County. Read more here.

SamTrans and Bay Area transit agencies are also collaborating to ensure that eligible individuals can use transit to get to vaccination sites and know where and how to do so.

Caltrain provides free train rides to and from the COVID-19 vaccination sites for people who live or work along the corridor within San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties. Read more here.

Uninsured residents

You do not need health insurance in order to receive the vaccination. Vaccination sites will provide vaccinations to uninsured residents.

For residents who wish to enroll in a health plan, please click here. Health insurance is available regardless of immigration status, through a combination of federal, state, and provincial programs. Call (650) 616-2002 to speak to an enrollment counselor.


Several CVS (800-746-7287), Rite Aid, Safeway, Walgreens, Costco, and Lucky Pharmacies in San Mateo County offer the COVID-19 vaccine by appointment and (in some cases). Please visit their websites for the latest information including how to schedule appointments.

More locations (and additional pharmacies) are added regularly. Visit the California State Public Health website for updated information about pharmacies participating in the state’s partnership.

home vaccination

Residents of the home who need a vaccination should click here for more information.

vaccination proof

The state of California recently announced a digital COVID-19 Vaccine Registry portal, which pulls records from California’s immunization system. To receive digital proof of your vaccination, visit: https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/ and follow the instructions:

  • Enter your name, date of birth and email or mobile phone number associated with your vaccination record
  • Create a four-digit PIN. If the information you provided matches the official record, you will receive a text message or email with a link to your digital COVID-19 vaccine record.
  • Using the email or text you receive, enter your PIN to view your record

If you have any issues or questions, please call the COVID-19 hotline at 833-422-4255.

Shares in the distribution of the vaccine

San Mateo County and the state of California have made equity a key priority for local vaccine distribution.

Communities of color, low-income communities, the elderly, and other affected populations face many barriers to vaccine acceptance and access. We are currently engaged in community engagement efforts to learn from leaders closest to our most affected communities. For more information on recognizing the impact of medical mistrust, click here. We look forward to hearing from community leaders about their needs and concerns so that we can respond, plan accordingly, and adapt to learning.

Read more about our focus on equity in vaccine distribution.

Do you have any unanswered question?

Email our Vaccine Coordinator at: covidvax@smcgov.org

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