COVID–19 Information for Members
HPSM does our best to gather the most up-to-date information about COVID-19. However, information is changing quickly. Please also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for more information and San Mateo County Health's website for local information.
Information to help you stay safe and healthy
While more businesses and schools are open, COVID-19 is still a real threat. New variants such as Delta and Omicron continue to develop. This makes getting vaccinated more important now than ever.
Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, your family and others from COVID-19. If you have not gotten your vaccine yet, get it as soon as you can. Anyone six months old and over can get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine at the CDC website.
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San Mateo County Health oversees the County’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program following guidelines from the State of California.
Anyone six months or older is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine
- Adults 18 or older can get the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine
- Children six months to 17 years old can get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
- Children need consent from a parent or guardian to get the vaccine
- Either bring a parent or guardian to the vaccination site or bring a copy of the consent form that has been signed by a parent or guardian. Download the vaccine consent form (available in multiple languages).
Learn more about staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines at the CDC website.
Undocumented immigrants are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine
Getting vaccinated is the first step to protecting yourself against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available all over San Mateo County.
- Six months to four years old
First check in with your child’s primary care provider (PCP) to schedule an appointment
- Five years old and over
Go to a San Mateo County Health COVID-19 vaccine clinic. Making an appointment is strongly encouraged. See the list of clinics
You can also:
- Visit My Turn to make an appointment at a location near you
- Visit Vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you. Once you find a location, you will need
to schedule your appointment directly with the location you choose.
- Talk to your PCP.
COVID-19 boosters are recommended and available for people five years old and over. For most up to date information on the COVID-19 vaccine schedule, visit the CDC website.
It’s especially important to get boosted if you are at higher risk of severe disease. Get the latest information about COVID-19 booster shots from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
New variants of COVID-19 are expected to occur as the virus mutates. For the latest information on COVID-19 variants, visit the CDC website.
COVID-19 tests will tell you if you have the virus. You can get tested for COVID-19 at no cost:
- Learn how to order eight at-home tests at no cost
- Learn how you can get reimbursed for COVID-19 tests you buy at pharmacies or online
- Learn how to make a no-cost COVID-19 test appointment at a health care facility in San Mateo County
- Medi-Cal members can get COVID-19 tests at no-cost through Medi-Cal Rx:
Getting test results can take from 15 minutes to a few days, depending on which type of test you take. Learn more about testing and when you should get tested at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
If you have or may have COVID-19, you should isolate or quarantine so that you don’t infect others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following:
- Quarantine if you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and you are not fully vaccinated or haven’t had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days
- Isolate if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms (even if you are fully vaccinated)
Visit the CDC website to learn more about:
- How to quarantine or isolate
- How long to quarantine or isolate
For some people, getting COVID-19 causes health issues that persist even after the viral infection has passed. Such ongoing effects are called long COVID (though there are other names for this condition as well). Long COVID health problems can include a wide range of health problems that can last anywhere from weeks to years.
While scientists continue to study long COVID, there is much that is not known about it. To learn what is known as of this time, consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. If you are concerned about having long COVID, contact your primary care provider (PCP).
Read more below for resources from HPSM and other organizations in our community. For the safety of all HPSM members and employees, and to comply with public health guidelines, HPSM's offices are still closed to the public. We will reopen them for in-person meetings once health authorities announce that it is safe to do so.
Are you in a higher-risk group?
People with certain medical conditions and adults who are 65 or older are more likely to get very sick if they get COVID-19. That means they are more likely to be hospitalized and die from the virus. That makes it vital for older adults and people with these medical conditions to stay up to date on their vaccinations and take extra precautions to protect themselves. Visit the CDC website to see a list of higher-risk groups and learn about what people in these groups can do to protect themselves.