San Francisco Chronicle

How the booster shots will roll out

Bay Area health infrastruc­ture is prepared this time

- By Catherine Ho

In early summer, when demand for coronaviru­s vaccine was low, Santa Clara County health officials closed the public vaccinatio­n clinic at Mountain View Community Center, a site that on its busiest days was administer­ing 1,000 shots a day.

This month, after the Biden administra­tion began signaling booster shots could begin Sept. 20, county officials reopened the clinic and added others to accommodat­e a potential uptick in demand — not only from people seeking boosters, but also for children 5 to 11 years old who are poised to become eligible as soon as October. The two anticipate­d developmen­ts, plus seasonal flu shots going out around the same time, means a new wave of people could soon be lining up for shots.

“In some ways we’re entering a perfect storm,” said Dr. Jennifer Tong, associate medical chief of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, the county’s largest public hospital. “Without a doubt there’s going to be a need for all health care entities to be prepared for those aspects of vaccinatio­n which will be ahead of us in the next few months.”

Tong and other Bay Area health leaders are planning for the coronaviru­s booster rollout, which seems likely to begin with third shots for Pfiz

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United States