SF vaccine clinic runs out of shots, turns away about 4K people

Thousands of people showed up for a vaccine clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. About 4,000 of them were turned away as demand heavily outweighed the supply.

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CORNELL BARNARD: Yeah, JR, the line for this vaccine clinic was epic. It zigzagged and stretched all the way down the block. Unfortunately, several thousand people did get turned away today because supply just could not keep up with the demand.

- So we came to check it out and didn't expect this long line.

CORNELL BARNARD: Thousands of people showed up early and got in this long line for a vaccine clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. The wait was painful for some.

- We've been waiting for around 3 and 1/2-ish hours at this point, yeah.

CORNELL BARNARD: San Francisco opened COVID-19 vaccine eligibility early, ahead of the April 15th expansion, to those living in eight priority zip codes, underserved communities. Both reservation and walk-in appointments are available here, but nobody knew how big the demand would be.

LUKEJOHN DAY: So we had, I believe, a little over 6,000 individuals that showed up today before 9 o'clock.

CORNELL BARNARD: But with only 2000 allotted doses per day, upwards of 4,000 people got turned away.

- No more vaccine. We're done for the day.

- OK.

BLAKE WEST: I was a little surprised. I had some friends who told me that they had been scouting this out the last week or so, and saying that the end of the time was actually the best time to come in. So that's why I came now at like 2:00-ish. but I guess they were wrong.

LUKEJOHN DAY: I apologize that we can't vaccinate everyone who shows up.

- So the next thing is we're going to do a paperwork check. So I'll have you where she's waving.

CORNELL BARNARD: On the peninsula, Facebook teamed up with the Ravenswood Family Health Center to provide vaccines to underserved communities near its Menlo Park campus, like East Palo Alto and Belle Haven.

CICILIA TAYLOR: We had 52% of the total COVID cases in Menlo Park, which is why there's been an increased effort, not just by myself, but many elected officials, to make sure that we have a bottom-up approach in making vaccines accessible here.

CORNELL BARNARD: Back in San Francisco, Blake West isn't giving up on getting that shot. Will try again tomorrow?

BLAKE WEST: Yeah, definitely going to try again tomorrow.

CORNELL BARNARD: And hospital officials hope people will return tomorrow or any day over the next few weeks, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Best advice from them, get her early to make sure you get that vaccine. We're live in San Francisco, Cornell Barnard, ABC 7 News.