California COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
Vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. The State of California will equitably distribute a safe and effective vaccine to everyone in California who wants it. All Californians 50 years or older are now eligible for vaccination. Every Californian 16 years and up will be eligible for vaccination on April 15, 2021.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has directed health care providers to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine in California following the FDA and CDC’s recommendation. The State is working with vaccine providers to prioritize vaccine appointments for affected individuals.
Please visit the State of California website to find out where you can reserve your vaccination appointment, and to receive the latest information regarding the COVID-19 Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccination.
Statewide Shelter-in-Place Order
California aims to fully reopen on June 15, 2021. The move forward comes as the state has reached 20 million vaccinations, including 4 million in its hardest-hit communities. Masking and vaccinations will continue. Hospitalization rates must stay low and vaccination availability high for the state to fully reopen.
As of date, The State of California remains in Phase 2 of re-opening. This includes retail (for curbside pickup), manufacturing, logistics, childcare facilities, offices where people can not telework, car washes, pet groomers, landscapers, and outdoor museums.
The counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Solano and Sanoma are all in Phase 2. County officials are still directing all individuals to continue sheltering at their place of residence, except for identified needs and activities.
Alameda County Public Health Department has released this document to help residents understand and navigate the changing requirements.
Please continue to stay in as much as you can and keep your children in too.
Alameda County’s Online Tool Links Residents in Need with Food Distribution & other Essential Services
To meet the unprecedented need for assistance during the COVID-19 emergency, the Alameda County Social Services Agency (ACSSA) is deploying additional online resources to connect residents with food distribution sites and other essential services.
The Social Services Agency in partnership with the Alameda County Emergency Operations Center, Alameda County Community Food Bank and other community partners have worked together to assemble and organize county-wide data on food distribution and emergency resource information to help cut through the confusion and connect residents with vital services that they need to meet their basic needs.
The information provided is meant to be as comprehensive as possible, which includes dates and time of operation, a description of services provided and location information (www.acgov.org/maps/food-services.htm). County residents are encouraged to visit the website early and often – resource information will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.
Locations for Food Pick-ups in Oakland and San Leandro:
Acts Full Gospel Church, 1034 66th Ave, Oakland, CA 94621, (510) 567-1300, Food pantry this Saturday, May 16, 2020 10-12pm
Shiloh Church, 3295 School Street, Oakland, CA 94602- Food pantry every Wednesday from 10am-12pm.
Allen Temple, 8501 International Blvd 94621 510-544-8910 Food pantry 10-12pm 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesday
San Leandro locations-
Bethel Community Church, 14235 Bancroft Ave. Thursdays at 6pm-8pm. Pantry to go
All Saints Episcopal Church, 911 Dowling Blvd. 1st Saturday of the month at 12pm-1pm. Pantry to go
Ashland Village Mobile Pantry, 1300 Kentwood Ln. 3rd Tuesday at 2pm-4pm. Pantry
San Francisco – Emergency Food Cards for Eligible Children
Check your mailbox: Some California children will receive up to $365 for emergency food during pandemic
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — If you have a child eligible for free or reduced price lunches at school, start checking your mailbox now for a one-time payment for emergency food. The payments range up to $365 per child.
The California Department of Social Services is sending out payments on debit cards that are expected to arrive at homes between May 12 and May 22.
The payment cards are labeled “P-EBT” which stands for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer. The payments are in addition to any other aid your child may already be receiving.
Most families with children who have applied for CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits will get their P-EBT card in the mail automatically according to a department spokesman. About 3.8 million California children are expected to receive this benefit.
Applications for CalFresh, the state’s version of food stamps, are skyrocketing. Preliminary figures for the first three weeks of April show more than 264,000 applications, compared to about 119,000 for the same period last year.
Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits can apply for Pandemic EBT benefits online starting on May 22 and must apply online by June 30, 2020. After that, no more applications will be accepted.
The cards can be used to buy food only and are accepted at most grocery stores and farmer’s markets.
To apply online starting May 22, 2020, go to this link: https://ca.p-ebt.org/
If you apply online and do not receive your P-EBT card, call California’s EBT customer service center at (877) 328-9677. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Update on Masks for Alameda and San Francisco Counties:
Alameda County: Effective today, April 22, 2020, all Alameda County residents are required to wear a face covering on public transportation and in essential businesses open to public access.
You are also required to wear them during essential activities, like going for a run or walk outdoors when unable to social distance at least six feet from others. You are not required to wear a face covering around people in your household or driving in a vehicle alone.
A face covering can be something a simple as a bandana, a scarf or cloth mask. Children under 12 are not required to wear a face covering. If you have questions about the Health Order it can be found on Alameda County Public Health’s website at acphd.org.
San Francisco County: Enforcement of the mandatory mask order began on April 22, at 8:00 am. This order requires everyone to wear a face covering when they are:
- Waiting in line to go inside a store
- Shopping at a store
- On public transportation (or waiting for it)
- In a taxi or rideshare vehicle
- Seeking healthcare
- Going into facilities allowed to stay open, like government buildings
- Working an essential job that interacts with the public
You will not be allowed to go into a business or public transportation if you are not wearing a face covering.
You do not need to wear a face covering if you’re driving yourself or with others in your family.
Oakland Unified School District: OUSD schools will be closed to in-person instruction through the end of the 2019-20 school year. Grab and go meals will continue to be available for OUSD students or family aged 18 and under, free of charge. Multiple days’ worth of food can be picked up to take home on Mondays and Thursdays, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Resources to continue learning remotely are available HERE.
Please visit OUSD’s website at https://www.ousd.org/covid-19 for their response the COVID-19 and other additional resources.
San Francisco Unified School District: All SFUSD schools are closed through the end of the school year. Free meals will continue to be available. Pickup locations will be open two days a week, but each bag will include meals for multiple days. No identification or proof of school enrollment is required, and adults will be able to pick up meals for children without a child present.
SFUSD will loan Chromebooks to students grades 3 – 12 who do not have access to a computer. New laptop pickups: for the week of April 6, pickups will take place Monday, April 6 through Wednesday, April 8 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm based on staggered schedule and locations, to reduce crowding. To request a computer, fill out the device request form HERE.
Please visit https://www.sfusd.edu/ for their COVID response efforts and additional resources.
West Contra Costa Unified School District: All schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. The District has 17 locations to pick up meals for students 18 or younger, Monday through Friday. These locations are providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Please visit https://www.wccusd.net/ for their COVID response efforts and additional resources.
Resources for remote learning are available HERE.
Berkeley Unified School District: In alignment with the extension of the Shelter-in-Place order, classes will be remote for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Please visit https://www.berkeleyschools.net/ for their COVID response efforts and additional resources.
BUSD has created a Distance Learning Plan, available HERE.
San Leandro Unified School District: All SLUSD School Facilities Closed for the Remainder of the School Year. Free meal service for all children 18 and under will continue without interruption throughout this entire closure period.
SLUSD has provided almost 3000 devices. You can reach out to your school’s principal to pick up a Chromebook if needed. Free WiFi is available through Comcast or Common Networks. https://www.sanleandro.k12.ca.us/
Please visit https://www.sanleandro.k12.ca.us/ for their COVID response efforts and additional resources.
San Francisco Respite Program Response:
In response to COVID-19 and Mayor London N. Breed’s “Shelter-In-Place” order, Family Support Services is proud to share that our San Francisco Respite/Child Care program is working in collaboration with San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education along with Children’s Council of San Francisco to offer our services in providing emergency child care for the children of “essential workers”.
If you are an essential worker and need to submit a request for emergency child care and/or see the latest information on essential workers that are eligible for the program, please visit the link provided below:
Due to the current state of emergency in the Bay Area as it relates to COVID-19, Family Support Services has changed our normal schedule. We are working with very limited staff and may not be able to respond to phone calls and emails immediately. We will make every effort to get back to you asap.
In the meantime if you have an emergency, please call: 911
For County assistance or questions in Alameda County, call 510.208.9770
For County assistance or questions in San Francisco County call 311
For County assistance or questions in Contra Costa County, call: 925.313.1250