San Francisco City Mayor London Breed’s Office confirmed that the region would not run out of coronavirus vaccine, as the investigation into the allergic reactions relating to a batch of Moderna’s treatment has determined the doses are safe to use.
The city’s health department is expected to continue administering vaccines until Thursday, when supply would most likely run out. However, the lifting of the suspension of the 8,000 doses from Moderna’s vaccine alleviates the supply shortage. The health department also revealed that private providers had their own supply of the vaccine.
Coronavirus Vaccine Supply
City officials are progressing through the process of having the vaccines administered by distributing them to mass vaccination sites. At the city college on Ocean Avenue, several tens and fencings were built around the main campus parking lot. Authorities plan to complete setting up the area to become a drive-thru vaccine center by Friday.
A collaboration between the UCSF, Dignity Health, and One Medical, is working to organize and staff the center. Initially, the center would accept people over 65 or 75 years, as well as health care workers who have not yet been inoculated. But due to the limited supply, prioritization of patients would be needed.
One of three mass vaccine centers the city is developing is the Ocean Avenue Center. At the same time, the rest will be in the San Francisco Market in the Bay View area and the Moscone Center. By June 30, 2021, the city aims to vaccinate every person in the region and hopes to administer about 10,000 doses per day.
However, the critical issue so far is having enough supply of the vaccine on hand. Mayor Breed and Dr. Grant Colfax, the city’s director of health, said that only 102,825 doses were received from the federal government. Additionally, the number of people that need to be vaccinated is more than twice the number of vaccine supply. Also, every individual requires two doses of the vaccine, KRON4 reported.
The possible allergic reactions to a batch of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine slowed the delivery process in the city. Additionally, officials struggled to provide enough doses to vaccination sites due to the inconsistency of distribution from the federal government, only administering about 20% of its projected vaccine doses.