San Francisco Close 2 Vaccination Sites Early Due to Lack of Doses

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San Francisco residents are anxious after several vaccination sites in the city ran out of coronavirus vaccine doses on Saturday after officials announced the expansion of the eligibility to include more ZIP codes.

The Department of Public Health posted on Twitter announcing the early closure of the Zuckerberg San Francisco General and Southeast Health Center. The two vaccination sites only operated for an hour and a half from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This is despite being scheduled to administer vaccines until 3:00 p.m.

Closed Vaccination Sites

“Due to high demand, Zuckerberg SF General Hospital and Southeast Health Center have given out all drop-in vaccines for today,” the DPH tweeted on Saturday. Residents were disappointed by the news, especially those who have just gained eligibility after the state expanded the requirements.

San Francisco officials said on Friday the region would allow the vaccinations of residents aged 16 or above if they resided in ZIP codes that have been severely hampered by the pandemic. The areas include areas such as Bayview, Hunters Points, Visitacion Valley, and more.

“We had 6,000 people show up before 9:00 a.m.,” said San Francisco General Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lukejohn Day on Saturday. Hospital officials said they had a supply of about 2,000 vaccine doses per day, the San Francisco Gate reported.

However, there are still two drop-in vaccination sites in the region that residents aged 16 and above can go to if they want to get their vaccine shots. The Zuckerberg San Francisco General at 1001 Potrero Ave. and the Southeast Health Center at 2401 Keith St. are both open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. These two sites are equipped with the Pfizer vaccine which can be given to people aged at least 16 years.

Residents who are 18 and over can be given the Moderna vaccine at the Southeast Health Center at 2401 Keith St.

Danielle Joyce Ong

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