SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The San Francisco Mayor’s Office confirmed that the city will not run out of COVID-19 vaccine doses now that the state says the Moderna vaccination that caused a small reaction is actually safe to use.
This finding frees up about 8,000 doses — much needed after the city’s health department expected to run out by Thursday. The health department also clarified that private providers like Sutter had their own supply.
San Francisco Department of Public Health received 8,000 doses from this lot, a significant portion of our current supply. As a result of the pause being lifted, San Francisco DPH will not exhaust their supply this week and will not have to schedule appointments. However, DPH and the city’s providers do not have sufficient vaccine supply to meet the current population that has been designated by the state to be vaccinated.
The Moderna Lot doses have been distributed and will be administered. The protocols that have been put in place will be followed, including observing a person for 15 minutes after the dose has been administered. At this point, San Francisco has no reports of negative reactions.COVID Command Center of San Francisco on Jan. 21, 2021
The city is making headway on new vaccination sites to get these doses administered.
There are tents and fencing all around the main campus parking lot at the city college on Ocean Avenue. By Friday, it will become a drive thru vaccine center.
UCSF is working with Dignity Health and One Medical to organize and staff the pop-up.
The vaccination sites will be for people over the age of 75 or 65 initially, as well as healthcare workers who are still looking to get a shot in the arm. A limited supply of doses requires localities to prioritize certain demographics for the vaccine.
The Ocean Avenue center is one of three mass vaccination sites the city is setting up. The others will be at Moscone Center and the San Francisco Market in the Bay View area.
The city has a goal to vaccinate every person in the city by June 30, 2021.
Between the city and private healthcare providers – the hope is to give out 10,000 doses per day.
However, so far the problem is getting enough doses to distribute.
Breed and Director of Health, Dr. Grant Colfax, says the whole system only received 102,825 doses from the federal government and the amount of people eligible for the first phase of vaccinations is double that. Plus, each person requires two doses.
In addition to the unpredictable vaccine supply from the federal government and state, possible allergic reactions to a batch of the Moderna vaccine slowed the distribution process in the city.
The state has so far said they found no evidence that the batch is unsafe, and resumed using the doses.
San Francisco is only vaccinating at about 20% of the level expected at this point.
Make sure to sign up for the city’s notification system so you know when you will be eligible to get the shot in the arm.