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San Diego opens COVID-19 vaccination super station Monday

Officials mentioned that day one went easily, however day three on Wednesday appears to have hit a snag inflicting main site visitors within the space.

SAN DIEGO — The county’s first vaccination super station is up and working in downtown San Diego, positioned within the tailgate lot at Petco Park.

On Wednesday, there gave the impression to be a problem on the facility that has brought on a significant again up within the space round Petco Park.

According to the county, they needed to quickly pause vaccinations Wednesday afternoon however deliberate to be lively once more quickly after. The delay brought on testing to be behind for the day however they deliberate to remain open and honor all appointments. 

Officials mentioned day one was successful and that issues ran so easily, they have been capable of open up extra appointments than anticipated.

“We scheduled 2,500 today and we’ve got our flow down,” mentioned Dr. Christopher Longhurst, affiliate chief medical officer of UC San Diego. “Since this morning, we just opened another thousand slots this afternoon. We expect those to go quickly.”

A gradual stream of automobiles made their means via the drive-thru website all day. Nurse Christina Gibson was amongst these in line.

“I think it’s very important to keep the community safe, so we need it right now,” mentioned Gibson.

She advised News 8 that with out this heart, she would’ve needed to wait till subsequent month to get the vaccine.

“These opened up, I was able to move my February appointment to today so it was really nice,” she mentioned.

Right now the one folks allowed to get the vaccine on the heart are healthcare staff in Phase 1A.

“We know this is our shot of hope to get through the pandemic,” mentioned Denise Foster, the chief nursing officer for San Diego County.

The hope is by the top of the week, as many as 5,000 healthcare staff shall be vaccinated per day. The problem, nonetheless, might be getting sufficient vaccines.

The county had simply 8,000 vaccines left however anticipated to obtain extra Monday.

“We are expecting a very large shipment of vaccine today we should be able to take us through the end of the week,” mentioned Foster.

“Our focus is making sure that any vaccine we have in the county is going into arms as quickly as possible,” mentioned Longhurst. “Our experience is the faster we do that, the faster we’re going to get more vaccine from the state of California.”

The heart operates by appointment only. It permits all folks getting the vaccine to stay of their automobiles your complete time.

“I think we will see more of these in mall parking lots, amphitheaters fairgrounds, and things like that,” mentioned Dr. Longhurst.

The website will stay open every day from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

To make an appointment, click on here.


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