San Mateo Event Center to host Pfizer booster clinics starting next week

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Booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine will be offered to eligible individuals at the San Mateo County Event Center at 1346 Saratoga Drive starting next week, according to San Mateo County Health.

The booster clinics will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 7-8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and also Tuesday, Oct. 12, from noon to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Event Center will also offer first or second doses of the Pfizer vaccine for those who haven’t yet received them. Appointments are not required but encouraged.

Additional booster clinics at the Event Center may be scheduled according to demand, the County said.

The FDA and CDC recommend Pfizer booster shots for people in certain vulnerable groups at least six months after receiving their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Among those who should receive a booster shot are people 65 years and older, residents in longterm care settings, and people 50-64 who have underlying medical conditions.

Thus far, only Pfizer has received federal approval to administer booster shots. Federal guidance for recipients of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines has not yet been issued.

“Drive-up participants should bring their previous vaccination documentation,” according to officials, who add that the process for receiving boosters at the Event Center will be similar to previous vaccination clinics at the site. Participants wearing masks will check in, receive shots while remaining in their cars, and then be directed to an area outside Expo Hall for the required 15-30 minute observation period.

Appointments for the Event Center booster clinic can be scheduled through MyTurn.

Photo courtesy of San Mateo County Health