As COVID-19 unfolds in Stanislaus County and throughout the Valley, we know that it may impact your ability to feed yourself and your family, take care of your kids’ education and make a living. We are collecting the contact information of people who are struggling to access resources and, over the coming days and weeks, we will be working with a coalition of volunteers and organizations that may be able to connect residents in our community with the critical things people need to get through this crisis.
Who is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Anyone working or living in San Joaquin County who is 12 or older can get the COVID-19 vaccine. Children aged 12 to 17 are only approved for the Pfizer vaccine. The Moderna vaccine is for people 18 and older. Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine is for people 18 and older. Vaccinations for people younger than 12 will start as soon as the COVID-19 vaccines are approved for them.
How do I know if the COVID-19 vaccine is safe?
The Federal Drug and Administration (FDA) works to make sure that all vaccines are as safe as possible through careful testing. So far, the FDA has provided emergency use authorization for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines and full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Although the vaccines are new, the process for ensuring vaccine safety is not new. All vaccines must meet strict safety standards before being released to the public. Many thousands of adults of different ages and races volunteered for clinical trials to test the COVID-19 vaccines, and more than 170 million Americans are fully vaccinated. The FDA and others continue to track side effects and watch for any safety concerns.
Do I need to be a California resident to get COVID-19 vaccine?
No. Vaccine distribution is based on eligibility, not residency or immigration status.
I'm ready to get vaccinated. When and where can I make an appointment?
I'm worried about losing my income. What should I do?
COVID-19 has impacted Stanislaus County’s workers like never before. We know that especially those in the retail, service and gig economies will experience layoffs or reduced hours due to event cancellations, supply chain disruptions, self-quarantining and mandated closures of businesses.
We also know that with crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be new opportunities for work. Already, there has been a surge in the trucking and logistics and grocery industries. In the coming weeks, we will share more information here about opportunities for unemployed or under-employed residents as we strive to become a more economically resilient community. Check out the following resources for more information:
Meals and food support
Are there free meal services available for students?
From March 19 through May 29—and while classes are canceled—all Stanislaus County school districts will be providing breakfast and lunch meal pickup for any child 18 and under. The meals will be offered as a drive-thru service. Families and children should remain in their vehicles and follow directions from school staff on site. Meals will also be available to families who walk to their nearest site for meal pickup. However, there will not be any space available to eat the meals at the school, and families should plan to eat the meals at home. Meals will be available Monday–Friday between 11am-1:30pm. Check the following resources for more information:
Are there any community organizations giving out free food?
For those unable to buy groceries, you can still access food at one of the following organizations or programs.
- Second Harvest Food Bank
- C4Yourself (eligibility based on zip code and monthly income)
- HSA Food for You Program
- Senior Lunch Program (must be 60+ to participate)
- Other Food Banks
This list is populated with information taken from 211, public directories and from direct conversations with service providers. If possible, call ahead to confirm that these resources are still available. Please don’t be deterred if they don’t pick up the phone immediately. Know that our partners are experiencing high call volumes. We will update this list at least once a day for the foreseeable future.
What should I do if I need my groceries delivered?
Older adults and people with severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19. If you’re a senior citizen or have a chronic medical condition, please protect yourself by staying at home. Grocery delivery services like Instacart can shop for your groceries and deliver them to your door.
I’m worried about how to take care of my kids' education on my own. What should I do?
COVID-19 has impacted students in both the K-12 sector and higher education in multiple ways, as schools pivot to online or distance learning or completely close campuses. Gov. Newsom recently announced that, while the situation is changing
quickly, communities should not expect to return to school before the summer break. If you’ve experienced any of these changes either for your child(ren) and or yourself, please review the following resources:
Utilities and other essentials
I’m worried about my Internet. What should I do?
Families who need support with Internet access can apply for two free months of
service with Comcast through its Internet Essentials program. Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the nation are also available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit wifi.xfinity.com.
Support for congregations
I'm worried about my congregation. What should I do?
With event cancellations, reduced foot traffic, self-quarantining and work-from-home policies, we know that the coronavirus crisis is affecting congregations all over the place. Use this spreadsheet to find guidance on what your congregation can do to best respond during the COVID-19 pandemic.