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    By Henrietta J. Burroughs                                        Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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    The San Mateo County Health department issued some important and critical information this week regarding COVID-19 that East Palo Alto community members should know.

    The messaging stated:

    • As of Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, San Mateo County remains in the less-restrictive Red Tier 2 of the state's four-tier, color-coded reopening plan due to falling positivity and health equity metrics. 
    • Residents should sign up for both the County's notification tool and the State's MyTurn tool. It is expected that MyTurn will offer vaccine appointment scheduling in San Mateo County in the coming weeks. 
    • Testing: Don't wait! If you have been exposed to COVID-19, do not wait for a positive test or call from a contact tracer to isolate or quarantine.  
    • Texting is now available to get answers to your questions through 211. In addition to calling 211, you can also text your zip code to 898-211. The system will ask for your age and gender in order to understand your eligibility and needs. You can then ask a question and receive a text response from a 211 operator.
    • County Health has published a new dashboard, Equity in Administering Vaccine, focusing on the census tracts identified in the Healthy Places Index (HPI).  
    • County Health is currently awaiting the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)’s evaluation of newly-issued CDC guidelines regarding gatherings by those who have been fully vaccinated.

     

    COVID-19 vaccinations:

    • The vaccine is safe and effective. 
    • There will eventually be enough vaccine for everyone. 
    • The vaccine is free for everyone. 
    • The vaccine is our best opportunity to be back with our loved ones again. 
    • Sign up for the County’s notification toolto be notified when you are eligible for the vaccine. Sign up for the state’s MyTurnnotification system which will offer online appointment scheduling in San Mateo County in the coming weeks. The County notification tool is available in Spanish, Chinese simplified and traditional, and Tagalog. Through Google translate, the form is also available in multiple other languages.
    • After vaccination, continue to wear a mask and social distance to keep everyone safe. 

     

    To contact Henrietta J. Burroughs, the author of this article, email her at epatoday@epatoday.org.




     

     

     


     

                 

     

     

     

     

     




     


     


     

     



     

     

     


     



     

     

     

     

     

     


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

         

     

     

     

       

     

     



     

     

     


     

     


     


     


              

     

     

     


     

     



     




     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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