San Francisco officials expanded the eligibility for the coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday to include all residents aged 16 years and older, following other Bay Area counties in opening the eligibility ahead of the state’s plan later this week.
Authorities said about 60% of the people living and working in San Francisco who were 16 or above have already received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Every day, the city is administering about 12,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
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“Even with limited supply, San Francisco continue to be well ahead of the national average for how many of our residents have been vaccinated. There’s an end to this pandemic in sight, and we’re doing everything we can to make that happen as soon as possible,” San Francisco City Mayor London Breed said.
As of Tuesday, more than 30% of the city’s residents have gotten fully vaccinated, city officials estimated. The number included individuals about 68% of people who were aged 65 and older, NBC Bay Area reported.
San Francisco is currently on track to administer first doses of the coronavirus vaccine to more than 80% of adults by mid-May. However, this estimate is only possible if officials receive a sufficient supply of the vaccine from the federal government every week.
“With limited supply, we know that booking an appointment right away might be challenging, but we are expecting more vaccine towards the end of the month. I want to reassure everyone who is eligible that your opportunity is coming soon. In the meantime, please be patient, wear your masks, practice physical distancing and good hygiene, and choose outdoor over indoor activities,” said San Francisco Department of Public Health Director Dr Grant Colfax.