San Francisco on Monday launched its first neighborhood COVID-19 vaccine site in the city’s Mission District, one of its neighborhoods hardest hit by the pandemic.
The new, small-scale site comes after the city opened its first mass vaccination site last month at City College of San Francisco, although that site is available by invitation-only for now as vaccine doses remain limited.
The new site is located at 24th and Capp streets and, for now, is by appointment-only and being administered to health workers and people over 65 years old. The site is able to vaccinate 120 people daily at the moment, but in the future the city hopes to ramp that number up to between 200 and 400 vaccinations a day, once more of the vaccine becomes available.
The city ultimately hopes to vaccinate up to 10,000 residents daily between all of its planned vaccination sites.
“COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted our Latino community, which is why it’s so important that we’re bringing these vaccines directly to the neighborhoods that have been hit so hard,” Mayor London Breed said in a statement. “We’re ready to administer 10,000 vaccines per day here in San Francisco as soon as supply increases through our network of high-volume vaccination sites, as well as a series of neighborhood sites that will provide easy access to our diverse communities throughout the city.”
San Francisco Department of Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax said, “The 24th Street site is a model for how we can reach every community in San Francisco. Along with ongoing commitment to public health measures such as mask wearing and social distancing, a broad and equitable program to distribute the vaccine across San Francisco can bring this pandemic to an end.”
The new site is being operated by the University of California at San Francisco, Unidos en Salud/United in Health and the Latino Task Force.
“Today is an important milestone in our fight to combat COVID-19 and it is because our partnership and trust in each other that we are able to bring forth vaccines directly to a population that has been painfully and disproportionately impacted through this pandemic,” Latino Task Force Health Committee Chair Jon Jacobo said.
Latino residents in the city, as well as across the state, have seen the most disproportionate infection rates, with Latinos accounting for 42 percent of all cases citywide while representing just 15 percent of the city’s population.
As more vaccine supplies become available, the city is seeking to launch additional neighborhood vaccination sites in areas like the Bayview, Chinatown, Western Addition, Outer Sunset and Potrero Hill.
The city is encouraging people who live and/or work in San Francisco to sign up to receive notifications of when they’ll be eligible to receive the vaccine at www.sf.gov/vaccinenotify.