San Francisco opened a new high-volume Covid-19 vaccination site Tuesday in Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood in partnership with Sutter Health. The opening marks The City’s third large vaccination site.
The SF Market site, located at 901 Rankin St., will initially operate Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m by appointment only. Because of the limited supply of vaccines, appointments for the first week will be by invitation only, city officials said.
Once vaccine supply becomes available, people can make appointments by going to SF.gov/getvaccinated or by making an appointment through Sutter Health’s online patient portal. Appointments can also be made by calling Sutter Health’s call center at (844) 987-6115. The City is currently vaccinating those over the age of 65 and frontline health care workers.
The SF Market site will have capacity to vaccinate more than 1,000 people per day once fully operational.
Officials said they have targeted vaccine sites based on communities most impacted by Covid-19. The Mayor’s Office said the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood maintains one of the highest case and death rates related to the virus.
Mayor London Breed said in a statement:
“Throughout this pandemic, we’ve made sure our City’s response to COVID-19 is equitable, and we’re continuing that work by locating vaccination sites in the communities that have been hit the hardest.”
Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton, who represents the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood, said in a statement that officials wanted to make sure the vaccine is being distributed equitably, adding:
“Having a high volume vaccination site in District 10, and partnering with the SF Market in Bayview, demonstrates we are committed to the health and safety of communities disproportionately affected by the virus. We will continue to fight for vaccine accessibility for everyone.”
The new SF Market site is designed to complement other vaccination sites already opened in the neighborhood, including one establishing at the Southeast Health Clinic at 2401 Keith St. The clinic, which is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., is a drop-in site for residents over the age of 65 who live in the following zip codes: 94107, 94110, 94112, 94124 and 94134.
Residents who live in the same zip codes can also drop in at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (Learning Center, Building 30 on the second floor). The hospital site is also open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The mayor added that while The City is facing a supply shortage, officials are preparing the citywide infrastructure required to vaccine over 10,000 people a day — a goal officials have set when more doses become available.
But dose supply has become limited.
Breed announced Sunday that The City’s two other high-volume sites — Moscone Center and the drive-thru site at City College of San Francisco Ocean Avenue — temporarily paused accepting appointments due to vaccine shortage.
Breed announced last week that The City would move into the state’s Phase 1B, tier one eligibility, which includes those who work in emergency services, education and childcare. The extension also applies to workers in the food and agriculture sector.
As of Monday, The City had administered a total of 205,503 of first and second vaccine doses, according to data from the Department of Public Health.
Jerold Chinn is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of SFBay. He covers transportation and City Hall. He has spent over a decade covering transportation in San Francisco. Jerold is a native in the city and frequently takes public transit everywhere he goes. Email tips to [email protected]