SF Updates Vaccine Plan for People 65+ This Week
Thanks to SF Gate for letting us know that California has opened up eligibility for the COVID vaccine statewide for people 65 and over. Previously the state had only been vaccinating frontline health care workers and staff/residents of long-term care facilities.
Learn more about the COVID vaccine in San Francisco.
The roll out for seniors 65+ will be phased in and most people with insurance will get the vaccine through their primary health care provider such as UCSF (starting “as early as next week” for patients 75 and older), Kaiser (no time table yet. check kp.org/covid for updates) and Sutter Health which launched their online appointment system starting with those 75+.
Skilled Nursing Facility Vaccine Updates
In a Tuesday press conference, Dr. Grant Colfax announced that all residents of Laguna Honda Hospital, the largest skilled nursing facility in the county, have been offered a first dose of the vaccine. Across the city, 13 of the 18 skilled nursing facilities have had their residents offered vaccines. The remainder of skilled nursing facilities are expected to be completed by the end of this week.
People 65 years of age and older within the clinical care system of the San Francisco Health Department are being offered the vaccination beginning this week at Zuckerberg San Francisco General, Maxine Hall Health Center, Southeast Health Center and the SF COVID command center.
For the highly-impacted neighborhoods, the city is working with the San Francisco Latino Task Force and currently identifying high-volume vaccination sites throughout the city, especially targeting neighborhoods most impacted by COVID or with populations who do not have access to health insurance.
The city is also exploring opening up mass vaccination sites once the state provides more vaccines.
We are significantly increasing efforts to get vaccines out.
One way is through mass distribution sites for priority groups, another is increasing eligible groups – we’re announcing that Californians 65+ are the next group eligible to receive #COVID19 vaccines. #EndThePandemic pic.twitter.com/LU7rFPzvFd
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) January 13, 2021