San Diego County has opened its second “Vaccination Superstation” to help speed up the distribution of the Covid-19 Vaccine, just as the County has expanded Phase 1A to include those 65 and older, as well as to San Diegans working in healthcare and employees in long-term nursing facilities.
“As I indicated a few weeks ago, the County anticipated expanding eligibility to individuals 65 years of age and older the week of January 25 as part of the continued focus on those at the greatest risk,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer, according to County News Center. “With a number of health care providers now vaccinating in the age group, and the UC San Diego Health Super Station having a surplus of appointments, the decision was made this afternoon. Appointments are still required, and vaccinations are available based on supply.”
Located in Chula Vista, the county uses the old Sears building in the Chula Vista Center Mall at 565 Broadway, which will also serves as a testing center for Covid-19, featuring 40 vaccination stations and “several hundred” monitoring stations, according to Sharp Grossmont Hospital CEO Scott Evans.
“In choosing a site for the superstation, we wanted to make sure that it was a location that was familiar to our communities," San Diego County Supervisor Nora Vargas said in a news conference. "We wanted to make sure that it was close to transportation.”
“They (vaccine recipients) will sit and be monitored for 15 minutes to be sure they do not have any reactions," Evans said. "Of course, if they do have reactions, we’re prepared for those reactions with an intensive monitoring station as well as a plan to send people who are being vaccinated to the appropriate medical services.”
The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and has the capacity to administer 5,000 doses a day. The Chula Vista location allows patients to walk-up for their appointments, unlike the Petco Park superstation, which requires residents to drive through the Padres Tailgate parking lot.