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'Radical convenience' spurs East Palo Alto vaccination push

Original post made on Aug 28, 2021

Last Saturday, East Palo Alto Mayor Carlos Romero tried a novel way to get more residents vaccinated against COVID-19 -- driving his beat up, 1987 Mazda pickup truck through town with a mic in hand and a speaker in the truck bed.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 27, 2021, 4:49 PM

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 29, 2021 at 4:55 am

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It is so great to see a local leader actually LEADING !!


Posted by Maureen Larsson
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 29, 2021 at 8:25 pm

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It’s been great to see people holding the signs for the vaccine clinics, seeing Mayor Romero driving around and hearing him over the PA system encouraging people to get vaccinated. As Peter Carpenter mentioned it is great to see a local leader leading.

This has been crucial work that so many played a part in. I’ll always be grateful for the ease of access and commitment to this community’s well-being I’ve seen from volunteers, staff, people of all ages, our local senator and some of our city council members.


Posted by AMRW
a resident of another community
on Aug 29, 2021 at 9:36 pm

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The work done by these high schoolers is outstanding! They're our future adults and I love hearing that they're getting involved in their community in such a meaningful and personal way.


Posted by Alice Kaufman
a resident of another community
on Aug 30, 2021 at 11:19 am

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"Menlo Park, where 98.9% of residents are currently vaccinated, according to county data." -- Was this meant to say 98.9% of ELIGIBLE residents? Otherwise that statistic seems inaccurate, given that kids younger than 12 aren't eligible.


Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2021 at 12:11 pm

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Great job, Mayor Romero...and all those intrepid high school kids. It is wonderful what good people can accomplish when we work TOGETHER on common problems.

Mask up and get your shots, friends. We can beat this virus if we work together.


Posted by Mark Dinan
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 30, 2021 at 12:38 pm

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I have been impressed by Mayor Romero's effort and energy in getting out every weekend to get people vaccinated. There are high levels of vaccine hesitancy and vaccine resistance in EPA and this kind of personal outreach is what is needed to get EPA "community immunity" levels. Vaccine mandates from employers and educational institutions are also helping to spur some to get vaccinated.


Posted by Zoe Morgan
Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Aug 30, 2021 at 2:52 pm

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@Alice Kaufman, thank you for the catch! I have updated the article to reflect that San Mateo County's vaccination rate data is based on the population age 10 and up.


Posted by EmmaP
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 30, 2021 at 4:24 pm

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Even 99.3% for +10s in Menlo Park seems high given 10 and 11 year olds can't be vaccinated. My guess is that the denominator (how many people 10 and older are believed to live in Menlo Park) is a bit low (the county does note the percentages may be off especially for lower population areas [Colma is marked at 100%]). The San Mateo county data is at Web Link


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