Amid an increased demand for coronavirus vaccines nationwide, San Francisco’s Department of Public Health announced their vaccine supply will be exhausted by Thursday if they don’t immediately receive an additional allotment.
“All of the Department of Public Health’s remaining vaccine doses are scheduled for individuals to receive their first or second doses this week and unless we get more vaccine, the Department of Public Health will run out of our existing supply by this Thursday,” Mayor London Breed said at a news conference Tuesday.
To date, San Francisco’s Department of Public Health (DPH) has received 31,655 doses of the vaccine. A total of 28,501 San Franciscans have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 6,347 have received their second shot, according to county health data.
“We received a fraction of the doses we requested from the state,” Public Health Director Grant Colfax said. “DPH’s allocation arriving from the state this week is only 1,775 doses.”
The entire health system in San Francisco, which encompasses the county’s health department and other private providers, have received a combined total of 102,000 vaccines to be used for both first and second doses.
Health officials warn this is not nearly enough doses to vaccinate the approximate 210,000 people designated in the state’s phase 1a tier, where primarily healthcare workers and non-hospital care workers are being immunized. San Franciscans aged 65 and older are also being vaccinated in this tier.
“The inconsistent and unpredictable flow of vaccine from the state and directly at the feet of the feds is not only impacting DPH, but our city healthcare providers as well,” Colfax said.