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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – The San Francisco Public Health Department announced a goal of vaccinating every San Francisco resident by June 30th, 2021.

San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney called in private healthcare providers for a special hearing focusing on how the Department of Public Health and private healthcare can develop a better COVID-19 mass vaccination strategy.

Together, the city and private providers hope to facilitate 10,000 vaccine doses per day.

“I’m expressing frustration that my residents have all across the board. They go to DPH, and DPH says go to the private insurer. The private insurer says go talk to the county,” Haney said.

On this day, they talked to each other.  UCSF announced their plan to do their part by adding a vaccination site at the City College of San Francisco.

“UCSF will be working with Dignity Health and One Medical organizing and staffing a drive-thru center at City College of San Francisco. Our goal is to do this starting this Friday. It will be probably people over the age of 75 or 65 initially, as well as healthcare workers who are still looking for an option,” UCSF Dr. Josh Adler said.

Representatives from both Sutter Health and Kaiser say they have made accommodations for nonmembers to get vaccinated using their healthcare systems.

“What was exciting today also was the city and county are working in partnership with the private providers. That’s so important that we’re providing a leadership role, a coordination role so we’re setting goals together, that we are working on sites together,” Haney said.

In addition to clearer plans and coordination, Haney says the city will roll out a centralized, public dashboard with all vaccination data, including information shared from private providers. 

While the collaboration is hopeful, San Francisco will need a much larger vaccine supply and increased daily vaccination numbers to meet that June milestone.

Dr. Peter Chin-Hong of UCSF explains some of the challenges thus far.

“The issue for all of us on the ground floor has really been transparency. We don’t really have a lot of information on what’s in the storage. We know that the national stockpile wasn’t really the stockpile and I think a lot of people had banked on those doses when they were thinking of the timeline,” Dr. Chin-Hong said.

In addition to communication issues and unpredictable vaccine supply from the federal government and state, reactions to the Moderna vaccine have also slowed the distribution process in the city. 

Dr. Chin-Hong says San Francisco is vaccinating at about 20% the level is expected to, at this point.

Under these current conditions, he says reaching that June goal is not realistic.

“It’s not realistic at the pace we’re moving because we don’t even know how many vaccines we have in national storage,” Dr. Chin Hong said.

Despite these setbacks, many believe we’re on the right track to getting there after today.

There’s no projected date on when that public dashboard will be available but right now you can head to sfgov.org to sign up for general notifications of when it’s your turn to get the vaccine.

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