San Francisco launches COVID vaccine notification system

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax said Tuesday that the county is projected to run out of its allotment of COVID-19 vaccines within two days.

The entire San Francisco system received 102,825 doses from the federal government, Breed said. There are more than 210,000 people in Tier 1A in San Francisco.

“All of the department of public health’s vaccine doses are scheduled for individuals to receive their first or the second doses this week and unless we get more vaccines the department of public health will run out of our existing supply by this Thursday,” Mayor Breed said. 

Even if the vaccine shipment arrives before then it will not be in abundance according to officials at the department of public health.

“DPH’s allocation from the state arriving this week is only 1,775 doses. We received a fraction of the doses we requested from the state. The inconsistent and unpredictable flow of vaccine from the state and directly at the feet of the feds is not only impacting DPH but our city healthcare providers as well,” Dr. Grant Colfax, director of health for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, said. 

It is important to note that private healthcare providers in the city are not necessarily in the same boat with SFDPH in terms of running out of the vaccine by Thursday. 

KRON4 reached out to several of them to check their available vaccine status — Most were reluctant to confirm the number of doses they have​​​.

“We do not currently have that level of date from our private healthcare partners but we are working with them to get it,” Mayor Breed said.

However, Mayor Breed says help is on the way.

“Good news is tomorrow we’re going to have more support from the federal government. Even before tomorrow’s inauguration, the Biden Administration has already made it clear what their plans are for expanding their fight against COVID,” Mayor Breed said.

San Francisco residents can now get notified if they are eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. However, due to the limited supply and vaccine prioritization, residents should expect months to pass before getting a notification.

“After you get a notification, you still need to make an appointment with your healthcare provider. Vaccine supply may still be limited with your healthcare provider. You may not be able to make an appointment right away,” according to the website.

The county now has a dashboard so you can check how many people have been vaccinated.

According to the dashboard, 6,347 people who live in San Francisco have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is 0.7% of the county’s population. About 3.3% of the population has received at least one dose.

San Francisco is also allocating another $6 million in funds to provide a total of $10 million for the Right to Recover program, which provides $1285 to any worker who lives in San Francisco who tests positive for COVID-19, and anticipates experiencing financial hardship during their two-week quarantine or isolation, according to Breed.

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