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Your COVID-19 vaccine questions — answered

Original post made on Jan 22, 2021

We've compiled a list of who can currently get vaccinated in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, plus answers to common questions and links to resources.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 21, 2021, 9:08 AM

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Posted by Over 50
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2021 at 1:59 pm

Over 50 is a registered user.

I tried to sign up through PAMF today, since over 50 are eligible. I had to answer a series of questions. One of them was whether I'd had a positive laboratory test in the last so many days. I did not have a laboratory Covid exposure test, but I did have a positive antibody test a few days ago -- from having Covid a YEAR ago (my doctor wanted to see if I was still positive, I also had a positive antibody test at 6 months afterwards, too). I didn't know how to answer the question which was clearly geared to making sure people who just got sick didn't get the vaccine. So I first answered yes (since PAMF did the test), and the system said I could not get vaccinated at this time. So I redid the questions and answered no, and it still said I couldn't get vaccinated.

I already asked the CDC whether I should basically go to the end of the line and wait to be vaccinated until everyone else had been because I had antibodies, and they said no, to get vaccinated when I was eligible.

But is this why the PAMF system wouldn't allow me to make an appointment? Is anyone else having luck making PAMF appointments?

Posted by MM
a resident of another community
on Apr 3, 2021 at 7:04 pm

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@Over 50,

I realize you wrote your comment several days ago so my response may come too late for you. I have not signed up with PAMF, so I have no experience with their web site. Still, I feel compelled to respond as a couple of points came to my mind as I read your comment.

Have you phoned PAMF to ask them how you should respond to the lab test question in their online eligibility quiz? Also, did you clear the cookies in your computer before you took the quiz again?

Posted by The Real Slim K
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 4, 2021 at 6:44 am

The Real Slim K is a registered user.

Why bother? Older than 50, but younger than 60, can't get it if you live in Santa Clara County.

Posted by chini
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 4, 2021 at 9:27 am

chini is a registered user.

Any reason why the force people to get appointments and not allow walk-ups or line-up to mass vaccination sites?

The elected representatives of Santa Clara County at all levels have let us down, giving us a runaround pointing to useless systems to "set up appointments" that do not exist. I would rather stand in line for a day and get my vaccine than enter my information in websites and not know the day or time of vaccination. Even better would be if my doctor from health insurance could provide me the time and place to get the J&J vaccine dosage.

Actually, I want my children to get vaccinated first as they have been going out and about, enabling me to stay and WFH. But the children are being tempted everyday to break the rules, cut the line to get the shot because of the remarkable ineptitude of public health officials and elected representatives.

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