San Francisco's Moscone Center, which will open as a COVID-19 vaccination site on Friday. (Photo via Mike Liu/Flickr)

San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Friday announced a plan to set up three large-scale COVID-19 vaccination centers in the city–in an effort to get as many residents and workers vaccinated, once supplies become readily available.

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine is being coordinated by the state and federal government and distributed directly to health care providers.

However, under the city’s plan, the city will partner with health care providers like Kaiser Permanent and the University of Californa, San Francisco Health, among others, to open sites capable of vaccinating as many as 10,000 people daily once a sufficient supply of vaccine doses has been secured.

The sites will be at the Moscone Center the South of Market neighborhood; City College of San Francisco; and the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market in the Bayview.

The city is also hoping to eventually open pop-up sites in other neighborhoods like Chinatown, the Mission, and Western Addition. The city is also working with large pharmacies like Safeway, Walgreens and One Medical to deliver vaccines, as supplies become available.

Although no dates have been announced yet, residents can sign up at www.sf.gov/vaccinenotify starting Tuesday to get vaccine notifications.

“We’ve been preparing for this moment. We’re eager to get there, and we’re going to get there. No one wants to open the city more than I do,” Breed said during a virtual briefing. “This pandemic has not been easy, but I want to be clear with the people of San Francisco–we have a plan.”

So far, the city remains in the first phase of vaccinations, which includes frontline health care workers and people who work and live in nursing homes. The next phase is set to include other frontline and essential workers and those over 65.

“We are still seeing an increase in cases and hospitalizations, unfortunately our case rate is higher than it has ever been, but vaccines are our way out and we need more as soon as possible,” SFDPH Director Dr. Grant Colfax said.

“Even with increased supply, the estimates are that most of the general public won’t receive vaccines until later in the year. Until then, even if we are vaccinated, we must be all continue to take the precautions we all know so well,” he said.

Breed also responded to criticism from Supervisor Matt Haney, who urged for transparency around the city’s vaccination plan, saying the city wasn’t moving fast enough. On Tuesday he called for a public hearing at the Board of Supervisors meeting on SFDPH’s plan to expand COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

“We’re putting up sites, we just don’t have complete control of the vaccine. But we are going to fight every single day to get as much as we can because I want to get our city open,” Breed said. “This plan to move our city forward is so critical. But what we don’t need, especially from other public and elected officials, is misinformation about what is actually happening in San Francisco… Our goal is to instill hope.”

After Breed unveiled the plan, Haney applauded the move.

He said on Twitter, “There are still a lot of questions and uncertainties around how to sign up, dates, times and much more. I will be asking those questions and pushing for better plans.”