Vaccination Tremendous Website Opens on the Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego County’s fifth Location – NBC 7 San Diego
San Diego, Chula Vista, San Marcos, La Mesa and now Del Mar.
San Diego County Health Authorities are continuing their efforts to bring easily accessible vaccination sites to every corner of the county by opening their fifth vaccination superstation on the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Friday.
The new supersite at the exhibition center on Jimmy Durante Blvd. 2260 is partnered with Scripps Health to deliver up to 5,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine per day, depending on the offer.
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Individuals who fall into the Phase 1A category as part of the government’s vaccination strategy or are 65 years of age or older can receive the vaccine on an appointment that can be made via the county website here.
During the first week, the Del Mar Fairgrounds site is open on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The opening times change for the coming weeks, but can be specified when scheduling appointments. People can either drive through or go to their appointments.
Scripps Health has had smaller vaccination centers for its patients for weeks, but the Del Mar unit will be the first major distributor for the health group. They’ll provide the staff while the county deploys the cans from their supply.
“Scripps Health is excited to partner with the County and the Del Mar Fairgrounds, which will be a very important community-wide resource and tool in the fight against and locally to combat and reduce the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chris Van Gorder, President and CEO of Scripps. “We are ready to expand beyond the smaller vaccination clinics that we have been offering Scripps patients over the past few weeks. We just need more doses to vaccinate more people. “
San Diego County has given more than half a million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to date. Approximately 81,000 people received both their first and second shots, which is 2.8% of San Diegans. This is a long way to go to get the majority of the local population vaccinated.
While San Diego County has the infrastructure and staff to vaccinate tens of thousands of people every day at all of its supersites and 12 smaller “inoculation pods”, their limited supply prevents them from reaching their maximum potential.
Newsom said Monday during a visit to San Diego – and the state’s – first major vaccination center the supply shortages are a problem nationwide but are national.
“The state doesn’t hold any, we are the mediator,” said Newsom.
According to the county’s vaccination dashboard, there are approximately 200,000 doses of the vaccine either on the road or in county facilities ready for distribution. So far, the county hasn’t limited appointments to people who need a second dose, as some other counties do, although they give priority to people who need their second dose.
San Diego County vaccination stations
With the opening of the Del Mar facility, San Diego County has a total of five vaccination stations, each of which can vaccinate approximately 5,000 people per day.
The first opening took place in Tailgate Park in the Petco Park Stadium. Newsom said Monday that this was also the first of its kind in the state. The huge drive-through area (tours are also welcome by appointment) consists of dozens of tents ready to vaccinate around 120 people at a time.
The vaccination center had some problems in the first few weeks after opening. Several allergic reactions caused the state to hold a certain batch of vaccines for weeks. Due to weather problems, the location had to be closed for a few days.
A vaccination center was next opened in Chula Vista, where the majority of the Latino population has been badly hit by the pandemic. The location in the old Sears building in the Chula Vista Center shopping mall.
“In choosing a location for the superstation, we wanted to make sure that the location was familiar to our communities,” said Nora Vargas, director of San Diego County.
Last week, San Diego County added additional locations in North County and East County – Cal State San Marcos and Grossmont Center in La Mesa, respectively.