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Weekly Update: October 28, 2021
Posted on 10/28/2021

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City of San Ramon News & Information Update

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Many who Received Moderna, Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Now Eligible for Booster Doses

This week, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) announced that many Contra Costa residents who received Johnson & Johnson or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines can now consider booster doses – of any vaccine they prefer – for increased protection heading into this holiday season.

After reviewing research, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) have found that booster doses of all available COVID-19 vaccines are not only safe, but significantly improve protection against both infection and serious illness, including from the delta variant.

Fully vaccinated people may also now choose any of the three available COVID-19 vaccines for their booster doses when they are eligible, regardless of the vaccine used during their initial immunization.

CCHS now recommends that anyone who received Johnson & Johnson vaccine and is 18 or older to get a booster dose two or more months after their first dose.

As with people vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine, those who received Moderna vaccine should get a booster dose, according to the CDC, if at least six months have passed since they completed their initial course of vaccination, and they are:

People previously vaccinated with Moderna vaccine who may consider receiving a booster, based on their individual benefits and risks, include:

  • those who are 18 to 49 with underlying health conditions
  • those who are 18 to 64 and are at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure due to their occupation or institutional setting

According to CCHS, the best place for most Contra Costa residents to seek booster doses is through their own healthcare providers or their local neighborhood pharmacies. COVID-19 vaccine is now plentiful, and CCHS is in regular communication with community healthcare providers, clinics and pharmacies to ensure that all eligible residents can access vaccine.

Beginning Tuesday, October 26, CCHS' free vaccination clinics will also offer booster doses by appointment to anyone who is eligible. Call 1-833-829-2626 to make an appointment, or use the online form at

> Read the full Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services

CCHS Guidance for Safe & Healthy Halloween & Día de los Muertos Celebrations

With the Halloween and Día de los Muertos holidays coming up, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) encourages everyone to celebrate safely and protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19.

According to CCHS, the single best protection from COVID-19 is vaccination. All the vaccines are the safe, effective and free in Contra Costa County for anyone who is 12 or older. Visit for locations, appointments and more information.

Other ways to make the holiday safer include:

Wearing protective masks, not costume masks
Masks on costumes are no substitute for well-fitted face masks that cover the mouth and nose. It’s also safer to avoid wearing a costume mask over a protective mask, as it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe.

• Taking precautions while trick-or-treating
Many trick-or-treaters are too young for vaccine, so the community must work together to reduce their risk. Protective face coverings, physical distancing and liberal use of hand sanitizer are all healthy choices. Remember your mask when handing out candy!

• Gathering outdoors, and in smaller groups
Indoor gatherings where people from different households mingle are higher risk – especially if unvaccinated. Consider moving outdoors, and limiting how many visitors.

Contra Costa does still have local health orders requiring face masks in many indoor public spaces, and proof of vaccination or a recent, negative test to visit some businesses, including bars and restaurants. Learn more at

Anyone who is not feeling well should stay home and avoid close contact with others, especially if they have symptoms that could be COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing is a great choice for people who develop symptoms, or who attend gatherings with others outside the household, even if they have a gathering. Visit for information about getting tested in Contra Costa.

Read the full Guidance from Contra Costa Health Services

Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt Returns to Central Park
Now–Oct 31

Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt

Scarecrows are once again taking over Central Park (12501 Alcosta Blvd) this Halloween! This family-friendly event is great for all ages. So come on down now through October 31 and see which scarecrows have come to visit, and engage with them through fun missions in the GooseChase App. For more information, or to download the app, please visit the links below.

> Learn More about the Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt

> Download the GooseChase App in the Apple App Store

> Download the GooseChase App in the Google Play Store

Trick-or-Treat on the Farm: Sat, Oct 30, 11 a.m.2 p.m.
Forest Home Farms

Trick or Treat on the Farm

Visit Forest Home Farms Historic Park (19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd) in your Halloween costume on Saturday, October 30 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. for a FREE Trick-or-Treat adventure! Travel around the farm to different stations for activities and treats to take home. Learn more at the link below.

> Trick-or-Treat on the Farm

Blood Drive: Sat, Oct 30, 11 a.m.4 p.m.
Dougherty Station Community Center 

Blood Drive Oct 30 2021

The City of San Ramon is sponsoring a Blood Donation Drive on Saturday, October 30 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Dougherty Station Community Center (17011 Bollinger Canyon Road). For more details, and to sign up, visit the link below.

> Learn More and Sign Up

Upcycle Your HeART Out Art Exhibit
Oct 22–Nov 4 at Central Park
Nov 5–19 at Dougherty Station Community Center

Upcycle Your HeART Out 2

The Upcycle Your HeART Out Art Exhibit will be on display in Central Park (12501 Alcosta Blvd) from October 22–November 4 and at the Dougherty Station Community Center (17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd) from November 5–19.

Don't miss this unique exhibit of artwork from local artists upcycling old election signs and creating "Signs of Hope" for the community.

More Information on Upcycle Your HeART Out

General Plan Update Community Survey
Respond by Sunday, October 31

Plan San Ramon

How you envision San Ramon evolving over the next two decades? There's still time to share your thoughts!

Residents are invited to complete a Community Survey by Sunday, October 31. The survey contains 30 short questions and should take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

To learn more about the General Plan update, visit

> Respond to Community Survey

Now Available: Nov–Dec Encore! Senior Newsletter

Senior Newsletter

The November-December edition of the Encore! Senior Newsletter is now available online. Filled with programs, classes, trips, senior information, volunteer opportunities, and more, there’s something for everyone!

> Read Newsletter

Holiday Boutique: Sat, Nov 6, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
San Ramon Community Center

Holiday Boutique 2021

Get an early start on your holiday shopping at the Holiday Boutique at the San Ramon Community Center (12501 Alcosta Blvd) on Saturday, November 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 60 vendors will be present with a variety of merchandise including food, jewelry, clothing, and hand-crafted items.

> More Information

Now Available: Winter Recreation Guide

Winter Rec Guide 2021

The Winter edition of the San Ramon Recreation Guide is now available. Residents should look for it in their mailboxes this week! Get a sneak peek and view the online version here.

Registration opens for residents on November 1,  and to non-residents on November 15.

Resident Survey on Contra Costa Animal Services


In their efforts to provide the services Contra Costa County residents most desire of their Animal Services Department, Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) is soliciting feedback about what services residents would like prioritized. Please take a few minutes and complete the brief survey below to help CCAS make informed decisions about their services.

> Respond to Survey

California’s Eviction Protections Changed October 1: Renters and Landlords Impacted by COVID-19 Should Still Apply for Rent Relief

COVID Rent Relief

The CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program covers 100% of unpaid rent and utilities for eligible renters and their landlords who have been impacted by COVID-19. The program will continue accepting applications until all funds are exhausted.

As of October 1, 2021, eligible renters who receive an eviction notice have 15 business days to apply for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program and notify their landlord that they have applied (or intend to). Applying for assistance may reduce their risk of eviction.

As of October 1, 2021, landlords seeking an eviction based on non-payment of COVID-related debt or of rental debt incurred between October 1, 2021 and March 30, 2022, must prove that that they have applied to the COVID-19 Rent Relief program, and that the application has been denied or the renter has failed to complete their section, before a legal eviction can take place. Eligible renters who are at risk of eviction are urged to apply, even if their landlord has not applied.

Interested landlords and renters can check eligibility and apply at or by calling 833-430-2122. For assistance in another language, or to verify eligibility, get help with an application or upload paperwork, applicants are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a local organization by calling 833-687-0967.

Assistance from the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program does NOT count as earned income for renters and will NOT affect eligibility for any other California state benefit assistance programs, such as CalFresh and CalWORKS. Applying to the program will not impact your residency status or your path to citizenship.

If you need further assistance, please dial 2-1-1 or text “HOPE” to 20121.

Learn More and Apply for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program

Call City Hall at (925) 973-2500 or email [email protected]