To ensure the COVID-19 vaccines are getting to those hardest hit by the pandemic, San Francisco on Monday launched a pop-up vaccination clinic in the Mission District hoping to vaccinate hundreds of people per day. Another pop-up clinic opened Tuesday morning in the city's Bayview neighborhood.
The pop-up vaccination clinic in the Bayview opened for residents 65 and older at the Southeast Health Center, but only if they live in 94124 and 94134 ZIP codes. Eligible patients can drop in; no appointment is required, the city says.
The Bayview clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is expected to vaccinate about 200 people a day.
The new Mission vaccination site entered its second day focused on getting the shot to the city's Latinx community, which accounts for 42% of all COVID-19 cases in San Francisco.
"What that means is that we as a city had to take action," said Mayor London Breed who visited the vaccination station Monday.
The goal is to eventually deliver between 200 and 400 shots a day at he station located at the corner of 24th and Capp Streets.
"The focus of our work has been to address the communities most impacted by COVID, and we know that the Latinx community has been hit the hardest here, so we wanna make sure that it's accessible," said Isela Ford of the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
Alongside the University of California, San Francisco and the Latino Taskforce, the city brought staff to the station to administer vaccines and answer questions from community members hoping to stem the tide of COVID-19 cases.
"So watching them get the vaccine and knowing that they are now gonna survive this pandemic when we have lost so many lives, is one of the most beautiful and hopeful things I've seen in a long time," said Supervisor Hillary Ronen.