San Francisco has temporarily shuttered its high-volume vaccination site at Moscone Center, citing a lack of vaccines.
The pause is expected to last one week, according to the city's COVID-19 Joint Information Center, and will "reopen once supply [of vaccines] is sufficient to resume operations."
No bookings have been canceled, the city said, as appointments are only made once supply "is confirmed."
The supply of vaccines is "is limited, inconsistent, and unpredictable, making vaccine roll out difficult and denying San Franciscans this potentially life-saving intervention," city spokespeople wrote in a press statement.
Moscone Center's high-volume vaccination services are run through a partnership between the city and healthcare providers, including Kaiser Permanente.
As of Feb. 12, San Francisco has vaccinated 47% of its population 65 and older, according to the city.
At a press event in early February, SF Director of Public Health Grant Colfax bemoaned the lack of vaccines available to San Francisco.
"We can do over 10,000 vaccines in arms right now a day," Colfax said, but they're only receiving "between ten and eleven thousand vaccines a week."
The city also announced it would begin vaccinating education, childcare, food and agriculture workers under the state's phased vaccine guidance by the end of February. Those workers are in the state's Phase 1B.
Vaccinating educators is especially vital to some San Francisco teachers, as their union has said they desire vaccines before coming back into the classroom. Colfax said the speed of that vaccination depends on the supply of vaccines.
"We hope the supply increases, we hope it increases dramatically, so we can vaccinate those 1B, essential workers," Colfax said.