Petco Park Vaccine Superstation to Reopen Tuesday


While the COVID-19 vaccine superstation near Petco Park will reopen Tuesday, UC San Diego and the county are still awaiting vaccine shipments that have been delayed by the winter storms that have swept through much of the US.

The news comes as the nation crosses another gruesome milestone: More than 500,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, underscoring the need for a vaccine to help control the worst pandemic the world has faced in a century.

For the record:

6:01 PM, February 22, 2021A San Diego County spokesman initially told the Union-Tribune that the Petco Park super station would remain closed Tuesday. UC San Diego, however, issued a statement Monday afternoon saying that the super station will reopen; the story has been corrected to reflect that.

On Monday, the county received 10,000 vaccine doses, but is expecting more than 50,000 doses to arrive this week, according to spokesman Mike Workman. The latest shipment was split evenly between Moderna and Pfizer, but most of the delayed doses from the region are from Moderna.

The Petco Park Super Station, run by UCSD Health, exclusively administers Moderna vaccine, and UCSD has been sending rescheduling notices through its MyChart electronic health system.

“We apologize and will automatically reschedule your appointment once delivery of the vaccine has been confirmed,” the notice reads. “You do not need to take any action to be rescheduled.”

It is not clear whether the reopening of the Petco Park site was due to the arrival of new doses to the region or a redistribution of current doses. A Scripps Health spokesperson said the health system is returning some of its Moderna vaccine supply to help with deployment to the region, but the spokesperson did not know if these doses would be used at the Petco Park location.

On Sunday, UCSD Health and the county launched the region’s sixth Vaccine Super Station at RIMAC Arena. UCSD has been using the site to vaccinate its own patients and staff since February 8, but will now offer vaccination to currently eligible San Diegans, including those 65 and older, healthcare workers, and children. residents and staff of long-term care facilities.

The RIMAC site, also known as the North Central Immunization Superstation, is located at 9730 Hopkins Drive and is open seven days a week from 7 am to 3 pm The site is a drop-in site with free parking. Like all other vaccine sites throughout San Diego, you will need to make an appointment, with more information available at vaccinationsuperstationsd.com.

Initially, RIMAC will only offer the Pfizer vaccine until delayed shipments from Moderna arrive, according to a county news release issued Sunday.

The Del Mar Fairgrounds superstation, which also only offers the Pfizer vaccine, announced Monday morning that it had about 600 appointments available for Monday, 800 for Tuesday and 350 for Wednesday, according to a Scripps Health spokesperson, who manage the site.

To schedule an appointment at the Del Mar self-service location, visit myturn.ca.gov, the state’s online scheduling system.

While San Diego County’s ongoing vaccine supply problems mean that some people will receive their second dose of vaccine later than the recommended three- or four-week interval for Pfizer and Moderna, respectively, local researchers say the exact time is Less important than making sure you get a second injection, which maximizes immunity against coronavirus.

With more doses of Pfizer than Moderna available at some of the region’s vaccine sites, some San Diegans who received their first injection of Moderna may want to get their second from Pfizer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, advise against that, noting that clinical trials that tested the safety and efficacy of these vaccines did not test the effects of mixing and matching.

“Every effort should be made to determine which vaccine product was received as the first dose, to ensure that the vaccine series is completed with the same product,” reads a warning document issued by the agency on Oct. 10. February.

The CDC says it’s okay to swap vaccines “in rare situations,” such as when someone doesn’t have a record of which vaccine they received for their first dose or when the vaccine supply runs out. But since delayed doses from the region are expected to arrive in days and the CDC says you can get your second dose six weeks after the first, or, if necessary, later, local health systems stick to the guidelines. current plans. Spokespersons for Scripps Health and Sharp HealthCare, the region’s two largest systems, have said they only offer second-dose Pfizer appointments to those who received the Pfizer vaccine for their first injection.

Despite the recent slowdown in vaccine launch in the region, San Diego’s coronavirus metrics continue to improve. On Monday, the county reported 321 new cases of COVID-19. There are 11 days in a row in which the region has had less than 1,000 cases.

The report also notes 459 hospitalizations for COVID-19. That would be a big rebound if it were new hospitalizations, but they are not. County spokesman Workman clarified that the latest number reflects a backlog of patient records from the November and December surge. The daily COVID-19 census, which reports the current number of San Diegans in hospital for coronavirus infections, dropped to 639. Nearly a month ago, the count stood at 1,528.

There is another coronavirus figure that is likely to turn heads: The county reported a negative death from COVID-19 on Monday.

After reviewing their records, county officials determined that a person who had died from COVID-19 was actually a Los Angeles County resident.