COVID-19 vaccinations by race and age

Learn about the race, ethnicity, and age of vaccinated San Francisco residents.

There may be fluctuations and delays as the state improves their database. Check the update date on each dashboard.

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Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is one of the most important ways to end the pandemic. Research shows it is very effective and safe. The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) strongly recommends all eligible residents get the vaccine.  

The City works with community leaders to remove barriers to accessing vaccines. The City uses strategies that are sensitive to the history of mistreatment by medical systems. Learn more about the City's strategy for administering vaccine equitably here.  

Note: The State does not provide vaccination data by gender or sexual orientation. We will show the data if the State provides it.

Vaccinations by race and ethnicity

The chart below shows the estimated percent by race and ethnicity of San Francisco residents who have received at least one vaccine dose. This includes vaccines administered by any provider in California.

These numbers are estimates. One reason is because the U.S. Census Bureau might identify one person with one race or ethnicity, but the vaccine provider might identify the same person differently. Population estimates are less reliable for small sub-groups of the population. Population sub-groups can include race, age, or geographic area. Some categories might report more vaccine recipients than residents in San Francisco.

The data notes below the dashboard show how these percentages are calculated. They explain why exact vaccination rates above 90% are not shown. They explain why vaccination rates for some race or ethnicity categories are not shown.

Data notes and sources

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Data comes from the California Immunization Registry (CAIR2). The California Department of Public Health runs CAIR2.

San Francisco residents who have received at least one dose from a California provider reporting to CAIR2 are in these data. All doses administered to people living in San Francisco are in these data. This includes doses administered to residents vaccinated outside San Francisco. Doses administered in San Francisco to non-city residents are not included.

Population information is from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates. The U.S. Census Bureau runs these data.

We compare data from these sources to estimate the percent of each group that has received a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Disclaimers

The ACS estimates the number of residents in each race and ethnicity group based on surveys of residents. Estimates may not be precise, especially for groups with smaller populations. For example, the ACS reports that about 2,900 residents identify as Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. This value is the best estimate in a range. The true number is likely between 2,600 and 3,300 residents.  

This range affects the vaccination rate. If the true population is larger than the estimate we use, then the true vaccination rate will be lower than what we report here. This is likely true for groups that show a larger number of vaccine recipients than estimated residents.

Because of this uncertainty, we only report vaccination rates up to 90%. Results above 90% may be unreliable for some groups. 

Healthcare providers and the ACS may categorize race and ethnicity differently. Also, individuals may identify differently in their census response and to their healthcare provider. The largest differences are with "multi-racial" and "other". These groups are not reported in this chart, but you can access the data in:

  • The table beneath the chart
  • San Francisco's open data portal 

Interpret with caution. 

The chart below compares the following measures to each other:  

  • Percent of each race or ethnicity group vaccinated by any provider out of all San Franciscans vaccinated by all providers
  • Percent of each race or ethnicity group vaccinated by SFDPH out of all San Franciscans vaccinated by SFDPH

The dark blue bars show each category as a percent of residents vaccinated by any provider. That would include private providers, like Kaiser. For example, it might show that 40% of all vaccinated residents identify as Asian.

The light blue bars show each category as a percent of residents vaccinated by SFDPH. For example, it might show that 40% of all recipients vaccinated by SFDPH identify as Asian.

SFDPH distributes our limited vaccine supply to areas and people most harmed by COVID-19. If the light blue bar is bigger than the dark blue bar, SFDPH used a higher percent of our limited vaccine supply on people of that race or ethnicity than all providers did.

Data notes and sources

View source data

Data comes from the California Immunization Registry (CAIR2). The California Department of Public Health runs CAIR2.

San Francisco residents who have received at least one dose from a California provider reporting to CAIR2 are in these data. All doses administered to people living in San Francisco are in these data. This includes doses administered to residents vaccinated outside San Francisco. Doses administered in San Francisco to non-city residents are not included. 

Population information is from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates. The U.S. Census Bureau runs these data.

We compare data from these sources to estimate the percent of each group that has received a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Disclaimers

The ACS estimates the number of residents in each race and ethnicity group based on surveys of residents. Estimates may not be precise, especially for groups with smaller populations. For example, the ACS reports that about 2,900 residents identify as Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. This value is the best estimate in a range. The true number is likely between 2,600 and 3,300 residents.  

This range affects the vaccination rate. If the true population is larger than the estimate we use, then the true vaccination rate will be lower than what we report here. This is likely true for groups that show a larger number of vaccine recipients than estimated residents.

Because of this uncertainty, we only report vaccination rates up to 90%. Results above 90% may be unreliable for some groups. 

Healthcare providers and the ACS may categorize race and ethnicity differently. Also, individuals may identify differently in their census response and to their healthcare provider. The largest differences are with "multi-racial" and "other". These groups are not reported in this chart, but you can access the data in:

  • The table beneath the chart
  • San Francisco's open data portal (see the data source link)

Interpret with caution. 

Vaccinations by age

The chart below shows the estimated percent by age of San Francisco residents who have received at least one vaccine dose. This includes vaccines administered by any provider in California.

These numbers are estimates. Population estimates are less reliable for small sub-groups of the total population. Population sub-groups can include race, age, or geographic area. Some categories might report more vaccine recipients than residents in San Francisco. 

The data notes below the dashboard show how these percentages are calculated. They explain why exact vaccination rates above 90% are not shown.

Data notes and sources

View source data

Data comes from the California Immunization Registry (CAIR2). The California Department of Public Health runs CAIR2. 

San Francisco residents who have received at least one dose from a California provider reporting to CAIR2 are in these data. All doses administered to people living in San Francisco are in these data. This includes doses administered to residents vaccinated outside San Francisco. Doses administered in San Francisco to non-city residents are not included.

Population information is from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates. The U.S. Census Bureau runs these data. 

Population estimates for custom age are from the IPUMS system. Data from this tool may differ from data pulled from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

We compare data from these sources to estimate the percent of each group that has received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Disclaimer

The ACS estimates the number of residents in each age group based on surveys of residents. Estimates may not be precise, especially for groups with smaller populations. 

This range affects the vaccination rate. If the true population is larger than the estimate we use, then the true vaccination rate will be lower than what we report here. This is likely true for groups that show a larger number of vaccine recipients than estimated residents.

The chart below compares the following measures to each other:  

  • Percent of each age group out of all San Franciscans   
  • Percent of each age group vaccinated out of all San Franciscans vaccinated  

The grey bars show each category as a proportion of San Francisco’s population. For example, 8% of San Franciscans are 75 or older.  

The blue bars show each category as a proportion of the total vaccines administered. For example, it might show 10% of all vaccine administered went to San Franciscans 75 or older.  

If the blue bar is bigger than the grey bar, this category is "over-represented." For example, it might show those 75 or older are 10% of all San Franciscans, but 50% of all vaccinated residents. This would mean older adults are a higher percent of vaccinated residents than residents overall.

San Francisco prioritized vaccinating adults 65 and older and healthcare workers first. So, older age groups represented a larger share of all vaccinations for many months. 

Use the button called “SFDPH Only” to see the blue bars represent only vaccine given by the San Francisco Department of Public Health.  

Data notes and sources

View source data

Data comes from the California Immunization Registry (CAIR2). The California Department of Public Health runs CAIR2. 

San Francisco residents who have received at least one dose from a California provider reporting to CAIR2 are in these data. 

For the SFDPH Only data, only San Francisco residents that received a dose administered by the Public Health Department (SFDPH) are included. Doses administered by other providers are not included. Doses administered by SFDPH to individuals who live outside San Francisco are not included. 

Population information is from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates. The U.S. Census Bureau runs these data. 

Population estimates for custom age are from the IPUMS system. Data from this tool may differ from data pulled from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Disclaimer

The ACS estimates the number of residents in each age group based on surveys of residents. Estimates may not be precise, especially for groups with smaller populations. 

This range affects the vaccination rate. If the true population is larger than the estimate we use, then the true vaccination rate will be lower than what we report here. This is likely true for groups that show a larger number of vaccine recipients than estimated residents.