The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in San Francisco were given this morning to frontline healthcare workers at SF General Hospital!— London Breed (@LondonBreed) December 15, 2020
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
"This really is excellent news but we have to taper this with the realization that we are in a really, really bad spot right now," says Dr. Christopher Colwell who is Chief of Emergency Medicine at SF General Hospital.
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The surge of COVID-19 cases that we've seen across the country and the state is also being seen in San Francisco, where 148 people are in the hospital, suffering from the virus. 37 of them are in intensive care units.
"We have more San Franciscans suffering today from COVID-19 than we ever had before," San Francisco Director of Public Health Dr. Grant Colfax said on Monday.
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2,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived at San Francisco General Hospital Monday. The first tier of frontline workers will start receiving doses on Tuesday.
Zuckerberg General Hospital will give the Covid 19 vaccine to two doctors, two nurses and a technician this morning as the Mayor looks on. San Francisco is getting 12,675 doses- approximately 3,000 arrived yesterday, rest is expected today or tomorrow. And weekly after that. pic.twitter.com/5G9AwSzJ7j— Amy Hollyfield (@amyhollyfield) December 15, 2020
Dr. Colwell tells us he will be receiving a dose of the vaccine on Wednesday, and says that those reading and watching this should understand the importance of getting this vaccine.
"I do honestly believe and really want to emphasize that the risk of the vaccine is lower than the risk of the virus from everything we have and all the information we have so far," says Dr. Colwell.
He went on to say that while many people do recover from coronavirus, many do not, and that's why this vaccine is so important.
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