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 five (5) years old and over can get vaccinated against COVID-19. Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is available to children 5-11 years old, it is important to get children vaccinated. Vaccinating children can help:
- Protect them from getting sick
- Keep them in school
- Protect family members, including little brothers and sisters who are not eligible for the vaccine
Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine for children and teens at the CDC website.
Get the latest information about:
Getting your booster, if you are eligible, provides the best protection against severe illness from COVID-19.
Appointments are available all over San Mateo County:
- San Mateo County Health COVID-19 vaccine clinics: Making an appointment is strongly encouraged
- Local pharmacies also offer the COVID-19 vaccine: find pharmacies near you or check your pharmacy’s website
- Other providers
County and State officials are closely watching the Omicron variant. They continue to learn about how it spreads. They also continue to learn whether it causes more severe illness. Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant. However, breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated are occurring. Getting your booster, if you are eligible, will provide the best protection against severe illness from COVID-19. Learn more about the Omicron variant from the California Department of Public Health.
In addition to the vaccine, other ways to help fight COVID-19 include:
- Wearing a mask in public indoor settings
- Washing your hands often
- Getting tested at the first sign of symptoms
- Staying home when sick
COVID-19 boosters are recommended and available for people 12 and older. To see if you are eligible for a booster, see this chart:
If you got the following COVID-19 Vaccine:
Get a booster if you are:
12 years or older and it’s been 5 months after your second dose
18 years or older and it’s been 5 months after your second dose
Johnson & Johnson
18 years or older and it’s been 2 months after your dose
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).
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 four 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
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
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.