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David Canepa - March 2021 E-Newsletter

Article Source:  San Mateo County District 5 Supervisor David Canepa

2021 March e-newsletter

Mass vaccination effort continues as San Mateo County moves toward orange tier 

Dear friends,

Business owners breathed a bit of a sigh of relief as San Mateo County moved to the Red Tier Feb. 24 on the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. If trends continue, the county should move toward the orange tier in the coming weeks, allowing for increased retail capacity and the restoration of our local economy.

I credit this move to the county’s incredible effort to get shots in arms, from the most vulnerable to our essential workers.

We vaccinated 12,500 individuals over a four-day period in February at the San Francisco International Airport, the largest mass vaccination site from San Francisco to the South Bay and continue to vaccinate daily at the San Mateo County Event Center as more doses come into our county Health System.

But we’ve also worked hard to bring the vaccine right into communities hardest hit by COVID-19, including at Jefferson High School in Daly City where 600 individuals were vaccinated over a two-day period (pictured below with Mayor Juslyn Manalo). The county has also partnered with North East Medical Services in Daly City to ensure Asian immigrant populations are being reached in their own language in their own community.

Expanding the vaccination effort

And starting Feb. 22, teachers, child care providers, first responders and food and agricultural workers became eligible to get vaccinated, as supply allows, of course.

That has been the biggest issue we face so far, a lack of doses. We have the infrastructure and will to vaccinate 24/7 in the county, we just need the doses.

A total of 160,644 individuals have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot in San Mateo County through Wednesday, March 3. Of those, 64,740 individuals have completed the two-dose vaccination series, bringing the total number of doses administered to 225,384, according to our Health System.

While COVID-19 vaccine supply remains limited, you can sign up for the county’s notification tool to receive notification when the State makes you eligible and information about how you may get an appointment. Residents should also sign up for the state’s MyTurn tool as it is expected that MyTurn will offer vaccine appointment scheduling in San Mateo County starting March 15, health officials say.

It’s been just over a year since the first case of COVID was reported in San Mateo County on March 2, 2020. No one knew then that the virus would eventually kill 521 of our neighbors and infect nearly 39,000 other residents. While we are making progress to end COVID, we must remain vigilant by adhering to health orders such as avoiding gatherings and perhaps most importantly wearing our damn masks.

Restoring the economy

Restoring the economy depends on all of us doing our part to end COVID by getting vaccinated and following very simple rules such as washing our hands frequently and socially distancing. If we do this, we will move to the Orange Tier quicker and then on to the Yellow.

This will mean everything to our struggling businesses who have been devastated by this virus for nearly a year now, when we first entered into the shelter-in-place order.

Check out the NBC Bay Area clip on South San Francisco’s Café 382 and its owner Kosta Panos. The excitement to move into the Orange Tier soon shows that when this is all over we will indeed return to normal. See the clip here.

In the meantime, the county has committed millions of dollars toward our small businesses, including the infusion of $1 million for restaurants, breweries and wineries.

With a match from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, qualifying businesses are eligible for grants of up to $10,000 to help pay employees and rent as well as health and safety modifications and other needs caused by the pandemic.

An online portal to apply for the Restaurant, Brewery and Winery Relief Program is on the San Mateo County Strong Fund website at www.smcstrong.org/restaurantrelief.

The portal includes detailed information regarding eligibility, requirements and responsibilities in English, Spanish, Chinese and Tagalog.

Business owners may apply for the grants up to noon on Monday, March 8.

After all the submitted applications are reviewed, grants will be awarded based on a lottery system with funding allocated to cities based on population. 

Need help or have a question? Send an email to restaurantrelief@smcgov.org.

Kudos to county staff and our partners for putting all this information together in our ongoing effort to care for the community during this pandemic. I am very grateful.

Battling food insecurity during shelter in place
Food insecurity is a problem some residents may face, especially during the current shelter-in-place order. Here are some resources residents can access:
Is a program for people with low-income who meet federal income eligibility rules and want to add to their budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table.
Website: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/food-nutrition/calfresh
Contact: (650) 802-6576, antorres@smcgov.org

Daly City Partnership: 
DC Partnership is a local partnership that was formed to guide collaborative efforts and connect our community to services that promote well-being. Currently, DC Partnership has a drive-through food bank and free meals for students. Check out their website for times and locations.
Website: https://www.dcpartnership.org/covid19/
Contacts: 650-991-8007, mike@dcpartnership.org

Second Harvest Food Bank: 
Second Harvest offers food at various locations throughout San Mateo County listed on its webpage.
Website: https://www.shfb.org/get-food/
Contacts: Call (800) 984-3663 or text GETFOOD to (408) 455-5181

Interns wanted to join our team
We are looking to add to our great group of interns we are currently working with. If you or someone you know may be interested in applying to my Internship Program, submitting this form is the first step: https://forms.gle/hiKqtn7Rird5vXwB9. You can also reach out to Mike Richardson on my staff directly with any questions at mrichardson@smcgov.org.

David J. Canepa



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