COVID-19 Status Update for 10/15/2021 – Marin County Coronavirus Information

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for October 15, 2021 includes: A review of the criteria to lift the local indoor mask mandate An Update on J&J Booster Shots; Vaccination Opportunities in Marin; and updated local COVID-19 data.

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The Marin County COVID-19 Status Update is published weekdays and as needed to share important news and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to keep the local economy running. We remain here for you.


Video: Dr. Willis Reviews Criteria to Lift Indoor Mask Restrictions

Last week, the regional health officers released a criteria for counties to lift their indoor mask restrictions.  Dr. Willis reviews this criteria in detail, provides a status on where Marin is in the process of achieving those metrics, and shares how we can continue to make progress toward lifting more restrictions and putting this pandemic behind us.

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Update on J&J Booster Shots

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel has voted on Friday, October 15, to recommend a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson for emergency use authorization. A unanimous decision, this vote propels Johnson & Johnson towards the next step in the process of official booster shot approval. Like its counterpart, Moderna, which also received a recommendation for authorization of booster emergency use yesterday, J&J now will await a decision from the FDA. Both vaccines must receive official emergency use authorization from the FDA, followed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Lastly, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup will review both vaccines for a final approval.

What is the timeline for booster shot approval?

Johnson & Johnson may be reviewed by the CDC as early as October 21, depending on the decision by the FDA. In yesterday’s Status Update we stated that the Moderna booster shot could be available in Marin as soon as the end of next week. Based on today’s decision on J&J, there is a chance that will become available around the same time.

We will be reporting updates as both vaccines receive further reviews.

Vaccination Opportunities in Marin

There are numerous free COVID-19 vaccination opportunities in Marin County. Those who are eligible, but haven’t received a vaccine or completed their vaccination series, are advised to make a reservation online in advance. All clinics are available to residents who are 12 & older. Our community has done a remarkable job at reducing the spread of COVID-19, thanks to those who have gotten fully vaccinated. We appreciate you doing your part.

Here are the upcoming clinics this weekend and into next week:

  • Northgate Mall*, San Rafael
    *Clinic is located inside the mall, at the Center Court.
    Tuesday-Wednesday: 1:00pm to 7:00pm   
    Thursday-Saturday: 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Canal Alliance, San Rafael – Saturday, October 16   
  • United Markets, San Anselmo – Monday, October 18  
  • Coastal Health Alliance, Pt. Reyes – Tuesday, October 19 
  • Rafael Lumber & Building Supply, San Rafael – Tuesday, October 19
  • Grocery Outlet, San Rafael – Wednesday, October 20
  • Dollar Tree – Ignacio Shopping Center, Novato – Wednesday, October 20
  • Novato Toyota, Novato – Friday, October 22
  • Nave Shopping Center – Grocery Outlet, Novato – Friday, October 22

Visit our Vaccine Finder page to schedule an appointment page and to see more dates. Other options to receive your COVID-19 vaccine include:    

  • Local pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens, RiteAid, and others offer same-day vaccine appointments.      
  • Marin County Public Health has developed an online form for requesting a no-cost visit from the mobile vaccination team. This form was designed to make it even easier for all residents to be fully vaccinated. Its intended use is for:       
    • Businesses can request pop-up vaccination clinics at the workplace to vaccinate employees.       
    • Homebound individuals and their loved ones can request a visit to the home for vaccination.       
    • Hospitals and healthcare providers can make a home vaccination request on behalf of their patients.       
    • Long-term care facilities can request on-site mobile vaccination units for staff and residents.

COVID-19 Data Update:

Below is a summary of today’s data now available on Marin Data & Surveillance webpage. View the page for a broader range of data, plus interactive graphs for confirmed COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Data analysis is available by age range, gender, race, and city/town/geographic region. Questions about the data? See our Data FAQ or contact us.

Looking for daily data trends? Our Marin Data & Surveillance webpage  uses Tableau dashboards to visualize the impact of COVID-19 in Marin County. Under each dashboard are links to datasets available on Marin County’s Open Data Portal.

COVID-19 Case Data

Today’s Report

Change from Yesterday

Total Confirmed Cumulative Cases



“Active Cases” (Confirmed in Past 14 Days)



Total Cumulative Deaths



Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations



Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Census



COVID-19 Vaccination Data

Today’s Report

Change from Last Status Update

Marin residents age 12+ vaccinated with at least one dose


+ 154

Percent of Marin population age 12+ who have received at least one dose


+ 0.0% 

Percent of Marin population age 12+ who have completed vaccine series.


+ 0.0% 

Percent of entire Marin population that is  “fully immunized” (14+ days post final dose)*

81% *

+ 0% 

* Note that this percentage is out of all Marin residents including children younger than 12.

** As population estimates may not be precise, as of October 4, 2021, the proportion of residents vaccinated with at least one dose will be displayed up to, but not higher than 98%.

Residential Care & Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 data:

Today’s Report

Change from Yesterday

Positive Patients at Facilities cumulative


+ 0

Positive Patients at Facilities current


+ 0

Positive Staff at Facilities current



Facility Patient Deaths


+ 0

Facility Patient Deaths as percentage of all COVID+ deaths


 + 0.0%


Today’s Level

Days In Current Level

Community Transmission

Yellow Level


3 (since 10/12)

For more details, visit the CDC’s website here.  

State COVID-19 data:

Today’s Report

Change from Yesterday

California Confirmed Cases


+ 6,188

California Deaths


+ 140

Other Local and State Data Dashboards:

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