Located in an SFO parking garage, the center could be used as a model for future mass vaccination events
February 17, 2021
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    Appointments for residents ages 65 and older available

    Thousands of eligible San Mateo County residents are receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week at the largest mass vaccination site between San Francisco and the South Bay.

    Located in the long-term parking garage at San Francisco International Airport, the center is the most ambitious effort yet to get vaccine into the arms of eligible residents. Getting the center up and running is a test to see if the airport’s garage is suitable as a future mass-vaccination site.  

    “We are proud to partner with San Mateo County Health to support the ongoing distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine,” said SFO Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. "Defeating this pandemic requires collaboration across multiple agencies, and we hope to be a vital resource to our health officials.”

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    Drive-through appointments at SFO are available Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, for county residents ages 65 and older and eligible health care workers under the state's Phase 1A vaccination plan.

    Learn the details and see if an appointment is available. No walk-up (or fly-in) appointments are available.

    San Mateo County Health in partnership with SFO and other organizations began administering vaccinations over four days to eligible residents on Friday, February 12. 

    The County expects to have administered 12,500 doses of vaccine at the SFO center by Friday, Feb. 19

    SFO has converted one of its multi-level garages to serve as a drive-through vaccination center. The airport is San Mateo County's largest employer and a major economic engine for the entire region.

    “We’ve got to get shots in arms and SFO is the perfect location to stage this mass vaccination effort by the County,” said Board of Supervisors President David J. Canepa.

    “We need to end COVID and partnering with SFO will allow us to do just that. If this pilot proves successful, as I’m sure it will, it will allow us to scale up the operation at one of the nation’s greatest airports as more of the vaccine becomes available. I couldn’t be prouder of the many County and SFO staff who worked so hard to make this possible.” 

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