The San Francisco Department of Public health is boasting of a new milestone for the city's Latinx community of which 70% have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
"When the COVID-19 pandemic began, we knew that strong community partnerships would be the key to keeping all residents safe and healthy,” said Mayor London Breed. “With low barrier access to vaccines and a strong network of trusted community partners on the ground, we have reached the important milestone of 70 % of the eligible Latino population in San Francisco receiving at least one vaccine dose. As we celebrate this success, let’s remember that COVID is not over. If you know of any family or friends who are not yet vaccinated, please encourage them to do so now. Vaccines are free, safe and will protect you and your entire community.”
San Francisco vaccination rates are among the highest in the nation and the world with about 80% of the population overall having received at least one shot.
The 70% figure translates to over 93,000 individuals, is well above the state and the nation; 28 and 30 percent, respectively. Citywide, 73% of eligible San Franciscans fully vaccinated. The 7-day average number of new COVID-19 cases in San Francisco declined by 97 % since January; from 372 to 10 as of June 20. Hospitalizations have been at their lowest numbers for the past month since the pandemic began and testing positivity is 0.49 %, down from 5.36% since the last peak in January and 13.46% in April of 2020.
"Thank you to the Latinx community for leading and responding to the call to get vaccinated and stepping up to protect themselves, their families, and their community against COVID-19. While we celebrate this important milestone, we encourage every eligible person in the city to get vaccinated, especially in light of new virus variants hitting our communities," said Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of Public Health.
“In San Francisco, public servants stood behind leaders in the Latinx community to support grassroots vaccine outreach and education efforts. Trusted partners delivered vaccine information and resources in a culturally appropriate and relevant manner to a community that was disproportionately impacted by the virus,” said Mary Ellen Carroll, Executive Director, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management. “Overcoming this challenge was one of the most meaningful of the pandemic. When we lead with community, we ensure greater equity in emergency response. This is a lesson San Francisco will carry with us in future emergencies.”
“Just five months ago, our community was battling with some of the worst rates of infection our City had seen. We sprang into action with our UCSF and Department of Public Health partners to roll out lifesaving vaccines. Today, we stand proud and feel more at ease knowing our collective hard work in the face of adversity has paid off. ¡Gracias comunidad. Juntos podemos!,” says Jon Jacobo, Health Committee Chair of the Latino Task Force.
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