San Francisco stepped before the state on Tuesday expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines to anyone aged 16 or over who lives or works in the city.
City officials invited newly eligible individuals over the age of 16 to visit SF.gov/getvaccinned to learn more about options for a shot.
This major new step in the city’s vaccine rollout was originally scheduled for April 15th. In the past few days, other Bay Area counties have begun vaccinating these 16 and more, including Alameda and Santa Clara, and city officials said they are moving earlier to open the permission to allow access for San Francisco residents guarantee.
“As we are working to ensure that people are vaccinated as quickly as possible, this extended privilege is an important step forward in our fight against COVID-19. We have set up a network of vaccination centers in our city and the Franciscans are stepping up and getting vaccinated because we know it is our best attempt to end this pandemic once and for all, ”Mayor London Breed said in a statement. “Even with limited supplies, San Francisco remains well above the national average for the number of vaccinated residents. The end of this pandemic is in sight and we are doing everything we can to bring it about as soon as possible. “
The city released this news with one caveat: although thousands of new people are eligible, the offer remains limited.
“It can take a few weeks to find an available date,” said city officials. “Eligible individuals should continue to be patient, keep checking the website and accepting the first vaccine offered, with the exception of those ages 16 and 17 for whom Pfizer is currently the only approved vaccine.”
Nearly 60% of people aged 16 and over in San Francisco have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and San Francisco vaccinates about 12,000 residents every day, the city said. If SF continues to be adequately supplied, more than 80% of adults could be vaccinated with first doses by mid-May, the city said.