It’s official: vaccinations have finally begun.
The moment we’ve all been waiting for since the pandemic first hit has finally come to fruition. Cities across the U.S. have officially started vaccinating for Covid-19.
San Francisco’s first official vaccination happened yesterday morning at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. The Pfizer vaccine was given to Dr. Antonio Gomez, who currently serves as medical director of Critical Care Services at the hospital.
The medical center received its first 2,000 doses on Monday and promptly began administering the first vaccines the next morning to doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers. Not far behind were Martinez Hospital and Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, which also began giving out their first vaccines on Tuesday.
The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in San Francisco were given this morning to frontline healthcare workers at SF General Hospital!
There is an end to this pandemic in sight. Let's do everything we can to keep each other safe until we get there. pic.twitter.com/XDaljhlXI8
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) December 15, 2020
“This is a historic day for our city and, we hope, the start of a turning point in our response to COVID-19,” said Mayor London Breed in a press release. “This has been a really tough year, and this is good news for our city and for the fight against COVID. It gives us some much-needed hope during an otherwise challenging and uncertain time.”
San Francisco was one of four cities in the state to receive the first shipments of the Pfizer vaccine, along with Los Angeles, San Diego, and Eureka. According to Governor Newsom, vaccines were distributed to an additional 24 locations across the state on Tuesday, with doses for five more locations going out today (Wednesday).
Newsom also confirmed that California will receive 393,000 more doses from Pfizer next week.
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