SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – On the same day the county is ready to allow teachers, law enforcement, and food workers to receive the coronavirus vaccine, Petco Park’s Super Vaccination Station has closed once again.
The site, which is the largest vaccine distribution location in the county, will be closed from Saturday, February 27 through Tuesday, March 2, according to a county spokesperson. The shutdown is due to a nationwide shortage of doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine, the spokesperson added.
Appointments that were scheduled for this weekend through early next week on the site are being rescheduled. These individuals will be notified through the county’s MyChart system to choose a rescheduled date.
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The county spokesperson said the teacher’s shots will not be affected as they are administered through a different system. It was not immediately clear how the shutdown will affect other groups that will become eligible on Saturday, including police officers and food workers.
None of the county-run vaccination sites that currently administer Pfizer vaccines will also be unaffected.
This is the second weekend in a row that the Petco Park distribution site has experienced a shutdown. The site closed Sunday, February 14 to Tuesday, February 16, after a shipment of Moderna vaccines was delayed. The site was closed again from Saturday, February 19 to Monday, February 22, after a winter storm delayed vaccine shipments across the country.
Mitra Jamshidi showed up at Petco Park on Saturday the 27th, unaware that the vaccination site was closed. He said his second dose of Moderna had already been postponed once, and this most recent shutdown meant a second delay.
“I’m not really confident if they will do it next week or not, I don’t know what to do,” said Jamshidi, concerned about getting her second dose within the CDC-recommended 42-day window. .
She is not alone. ABC 10News has received dozens of emails from people who have also been late multiple times and are concerned about the schedule.
“I tried everywhere. I spent five hours on the computer the other day trying to get the second dose of Moderna. I know there is availability for Pfizer, but not Moderna,” said Lynne Camboo, who received her first dose of Vons and then her second dose canceled.
In an interview last week, Dr. Christian Ramers of Family Health Centers in San Diego said that people should try to stay within the recommended ranges, but added that studies are underway looking at that 42-day interval.
“It’s not really based on a lot of data, it’s just kind of a recommendation, so it’s not like something magical or different happened on the 43rd, so ASAP or within those six weeks is what we should aim for. “said Dr.. Ramers.
He said recent studies have shown that a single dose of two-component vaccines is actually more effective than initially thought, with more than 90% protection possible. The problem is that it is not clear how long that effectiveness will last without a second dose. He said that some studies in the UK are extending the second dose to several months and are seeing promising results.
“We would like it not to be delayed because we want to stick to what the clinical trial told us to do, but I think in theory it should work well to get that booster dose a little later,” said Dr. Ramers.
Saturday was the start of the county’s initiative to begin vaccinating approximately half a million more San Diegans who qualify for Phase 1B of California’s vaccine distribution plan. Educators, emergency services personnel, and food and agriculture workers now qualify. Residents age 65 and older in that phase have already been eligible to receive vaccinations.