Community Response Team NewsletterPublic Health & Emergency Preparedness Updates September 8, 2022

 
 

Dear Community,

We are gearing up for our West Marin Community Response Team Health Fair on Wednesday, 9/14 from 3-6pm at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes. This will be the first of two Health Fairs we will be offering this fall where we will be offering an array of free health services, information and resources to our West Marin communities. Come for Vision Testing, Flu shots, Covid-19 vaccines/boosters (including the new bivalent booster for 50+ walk-ups only), free tests and masks, a mobile Health clinic with health checks and various tests hosted by Ritter, Indigenous Healing, along with numerous informational pop-ups, such as WMSS, Fire Safe Marin, SPAHR, NAMI, Zero Waste Marin, Rolling Root by the Agricultural Institute of Marin, and the Clean Slate Program. Come out and take advantage of these incredible services at no cost, while enjoying free BBQ, snow-cones and popcorn! More information here and in Spanish here.

As we move further into fall without rain in sight yet, we need to be more prepared than ever for a disaster or wildfire. Are you ready for a wildfire evacuation? Here are the top tips to be prepared. 1. Sign up for Alert Marin so you know when evacuation is needed 2. Pack a go-bag, don't forget to make one for your pets! 3. Make a plan and go through your Evacuation checklist. Here is the checklist in Spanish.4. Know your evacuation route. Check out your neighborhood-specific map here5. Practice! Go to www.firesafemarin.org to learn more.

Today, Thursday, 9/8, there is an opportunity to be vaccinated for MPX from 4:30-7:30pm in San Rafael if you meet eligibility requirements. See information here and in Spanish here.

It is very exciting news the new bivalent Covid-19 vaccine has been approved for those currently eligible. This new booster covers the original variants of Covid-19 as well as BA-4 and BA-5. The first opportunity to receive this updated booster in West Marin is at the Health and Wellness Fair in 9/14! If you cannot make it 9/14, there are other opportunities for the new booster listed on the Marin County Public Health website here. Dr. Matt Willis describes the newly authorized boosters and who should get it here. Lastly, Marin County Public Health (MCPH) is strongly encouraging residents to take advantage of the Digital Vaccine Record available from the State of California. You can use the digital record as proof of vaccination wherever you go.Take care and stay safe, The West Marin Community Response Team

 
The West Marin Community Response Team teamed up with the Tomales Emergency Response Network (TERN) at Founders Day in Tomales, to spread Disaster Preparation Information, COVID Tests & PPE and a whole lot of joy!
Dr. Matt Willis describes the newly authorized Omicron (bivalent) booster, how it differs from prior vaccines, who should get it, and how this new booster will be rolled out in Marin.
The West Marin Community Response Team is Hosting Two Health Fairs this FallPoint Reyes Station (September 14) and San Geronimo Valley (October 20) will have Health Fairs with many free health and wellness services available to the West Marin community. These will include COVID vaccines, flu shots, HIV and Hepatitis C testing, eye exams, basic health care, indigenous healing, healthy snacks, information booths from community partners, and much more. Please see the details below and share the flyers in English and Spanish.
 
 

Vaccination Appointments

Bolstering our immunity against COVID-19 is of utmost importance, especially with the continued presence of the highly contagious BA.5 dominant in our community. Fortunately, we have access to vaccines which are a FREE and effective resource for keeping us protected. If you know someone who is still in need of a vaccine or booster shot, please share the list below with them!ALL LOCATIONS OFFER 2ND BOOSTERS FOR 50+Upcoming Vaccination opportunities will be available at the following Mobile Health Clinic Pop-Ups and Health Fairs. Please see the details below.West Marin Health Fairs Point Reyes Station The Dance Palace September 14th 3-6 PM 503 B Street Point Reyes Station CA 94956* The Omicron Bivalent Booster will be available for walk-ins for those ages 50 years or olderLearn more in English and SpanishRitter Mobile HealthPoint Reyes Station West Marin Community Services September 22, 1 - 3:30 PM 11431 CA-1, Suite 10 (Mesa Rd.) Point Reyes Station, CA 94956Bolinas Bolinas Community Center September 22nd 9 AM - 12 PM 14 Wharf Rd. Bolinas CA 94924Flyers in English and Spanish available here.Additional vaccine options in your community include:     

Vaccines
Flyer in Spanish available here.
 
COVID-Related Financial Assistance Support is here for any West Marin Residents impacted due to COVID illness who could be eligible to receive financial assistance from West Marin Community Services For further information, applications or questions, please contact: Yareli Cervantes Emergency Assistance Program Manager, WMCS Phone: 415-663-8361 ext. 304  Email: ycervantes@westmarincs.org
 
 
 

Free Take-Home COVID Rapid Testing West Marin Locations

If you have tested positive, whether by rapid take-home test or PCR, please do not come to testing distribution for a take-home test until days 5 - 10 from your initial positive test result. If you were exposed, please do not test until at least two days after the exposure and test again on day five. Remember to report your test with a self-test reporting form.Bolinas Thursdays: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, and Upon Request Bolinas Community Center 14 Wharf Street Bolinas, CA 94924Inverness Firehouse  Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM50 Inverness Way, Inverness, CA 94937Please call ahead for an appointment to pick up tests at 415-669-7151.  
Point Reyes Station  Mondays and Wednesdays: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Fridays: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM West Marin Community Services  11431 Highway 1 Point Reyes Station, CA 94956San Geronimo Valley Thursdays: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM The San Geronimo Commons (formerly the golf course) At the Drive Thru Food Bank 5800 Sir Francis Drake Blvd San Geronimo, CA 94963Tomales Thursdays: 2:00 - 3:00 PM Tomales Town Hall (Food Pantry) 27150 Highway 1 Tomales, CA 94971Learn more about testing in Marin County at https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/testing. West Marin Community Services and San Geronimo Valley Community Center distribute tests and masks to local community-based organizations. If you are a business in need of tests or masks please get in touch with Seamus Tomkins at 415-663-8361 ext. 302
 
Digital Vaccine Cards

Marin County Public Health (MCPH) is strongly encouraging residents to take advantage of the Digital Vaccine Record available from the State of California. You can use the digital record as proof of vaccination wherever you go.Your Vaccine Card on Your Phone

Did you know you can easily download a digital version of your COVID-19 vaccine card onto your cellphone? The digital record includes the same information as the paper vaccine card.Click Here to set up this up. You will then put in the following information:

  • name,
  • date of birth,
  • mobile number or email,
  • create a 4-digit pin.

You will then receive a text with a link. Select the link and re-enter the 4-digit pin you chose. This final step will take you to your scannable QR Code and details that can be confirmed visually without a QR reader. Save the record to your camera roll or in an app like wallet.

Done! Present the record wherever proof of vaccination is requested.

Top tips to be prepared:1. Sign up for Alert Marin so you know when evacuation is needed 2. Pack a go-bag, don't forget to make one for your pets! 3. Make a plan and go through your evacuation checklist. Here is the checklist in Spanish.4. Know your evacuation route. Check out your neighborhood-specific map here5. Practice! Go to www.firesafemarin.org to learn more.
Will your car explode in the event of a wildfire evacuation?
 
 
Are You or a Loved One Experiencing Mental Health Challenges? Starting in September, The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Marin will be creating a peer-led support group in Point Reyes Station for any adult with a loved one who has symptoms of a mental health condition. Learn more here or please contact Lou Enge via email at lou@namimarin.org.
 

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