San Francisco gets 80% of residents eligible to receive COVID vaccine dose – NBC Bay Area
San Francisco is the first major US city to ensure that 80% of its eligible residents receive a dose of the coronavirus vaccine, Mayor of London Breed announced on Friday.
The city will follow the state on Tuesday in reopening the economy and lifting most COVID-19 restrictions.
“San Francisco will be completely reopened,” Breed said in a Tweet.
In addition to the new vaccine milestone announced on Friday, the city has nearly 70% of eligible residents fully vaccinated and its rate of COVID cases has fallen 96% since January.
The combination of the case rate, positivity rate and declining hospitalization rate in San Francisco has led officials to feel comfortable shutting down the city’s largest COVID testing site – Docks 30 in 32 on the Embarcadero – Tuesday.
“Today is really a festive event as we really see our case rates dropping to such a low level as well as our very high vaccination rates,” said Dr Naveena Bobba, Deputy Director of Health at San Francisco.
Embarcadero’s high-volume test site opened for essential workers at the start of the pandemic. City health officials said the site has achieved its goal and will focus on smaller, more targeted testing and vaccination sites in the city’s most at-risk neighborhoods like Mission, Excelsior, Bayview- Hunter’s Point and the Tenderloin.
Another sign of a declining pandemic is the Moscone Center, which has become the headquarters of the city’s COVID response, is also expected to close by the end of the month. The city’s COVID command team has already started to demobilize – good news as the state prepares to end masking and social distancing for those vaccinated on Tuesday.
But with all this encouraging news, the city’s health department is still not lowering its guard and is focusing on the COVID variants responsible for outbreaks in other parts of the world.
Assuming infection rates remain low and vaccination rates continue to rise, city leaders also plan to shut down other alternative testing sites by early June.