City sets June goal to vaccinate residents / New plan for homelessness response

It's Thursday, January 21st.

Good morning, San Francisco! It’s Thursday, January 21st, and here’s some local news you should know today:

  • San Francisco wants all of its eligible residents (those over 16 years old) to receive the Covid-19 vaccine by June 30th, officials said at a Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday. The “herculean effort,” as San Francisco Health Network CEO Roland Pickens described it, will require major coordination efforts between the city and private health care providers to administer 10,000 shots each day. The current pace is around 3,000 per day, Pickens said. 

  • To help reach the end-of-June target, San Francisco will open its first mass vaccination site on Friday at City College’s main campus near Balboa Park. The Chronicle reported Wednesday that health care providers will initially contact eligible residents and invite them to receive their vaccinations at the site. But over time, residents, regardless of their provider, will be able to book appointments themselves on a centralized website run by the Public Health Department. Two more mass vaccination sites—at Moscone Center in SoMa and at The SF Market in Bayview—are scheduled to open on February 1st. 

  • Community groups, along with members of the Police Commission and city supervisors, presented a plan on Tuesday that would route certain calls related to homelessness and behavioral health to a new team of social workers rather than to the police. Advocates say the Compassionate Alternative Response Team (or, CART) would respond to calls like well-being checks and sit/lie violations and could be staffed with people who have experienced homelessness themselves. They say freeing up police will save the city $11 million annually. Last January, the SF Police Commission passed a resolution to change its approach to homeless-related calls, namely, that health professionals should take more of the lead. The Department of Public Health is expected to pick a new plan (potentially, CART) by March and implement it by May. 

  • Taiwanese pop-up Yilan Foods serves just two traditional dishes—niu rou mian (beef noodle soup) and lou ru fan (braised pork belly over rice)—but it is quickly capturing the attention of Oakland and San Francisco residents, according to this recent Chronicle profile. Pre-orders for its pop-up this weekend sold out within a day, but Yilan Foods told me that they’ll likely do another one the following weekend (Saturday, January 30th, and Sunday, January 31st). Instagram is the best way to follow their schedule, they said. Typically, they make announcements on Monday’s and open up pre-orders on Wednesday’s. 

  • Guillermo Vasquez is a former Golden Gate Park gardener, 30-year Mission District resident, and the person behind the food bank on Mission and 20th Street that’s distributed fresh produce to locals in need every Tuesday since March. Vasquez, according to this recent Mission Local profile, drives an old yellow school bus (painted by local muralist, Crayone) to pick up produce from his urban gardens scattered around the Bay Area and from organizations, like the Berkeley Food Network, that have agreed to donate. “The Mission gave me a lot of love, so now I give a lot of love back,” Vasquez said. 

  • And finally, if you haven’t seen it, this Warriors’ tribute to Oakland-native and Vice President Kamala Harris is worth a watch. 

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Have a great day! - Nick 


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