The city of San Francisco on Tuesday announced it reached an important milestone in its fight against COVID-19 after revealing that 70% of the city’s Latinx residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
More than 93,000 Latinx people over the age of 12 in San Francisco have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Tuesday. City officials also announced that 81% of all eligible residents have also received one dose, with 74% of all residents fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
“With low barrier access to vaccines and a strong network of trusted community partners on the ground, we have reached the important milestone of 70 percent of the eligible Latino population in San Francisco receiving at least one vaccine dose,” said Mayor London Breed today in a statement, as reported by the SFist. “As we celebrate this success, let’s remember that COVID is not over. If you know of any family or friends who are not yet vaccinated, please encourage them to do so now. Vaccines are free, safe and will protect you and your entire community.”
The figures come after public health officials in Los Angeles and other cities across the world urged their residents to wear their face masks amid the spread of the more contagious Delta variant.
The Delta variant, or B.1.617.2, was first detected in India. The variant is believed to be more contagious than the Alpha variant, first seen in Britain. The Delta variant is believed to have caused the deadly surge of COVID-19 cases in India, leaving the country’s health care system at the brink of collapse.