As new Covid-19 Vaccine sites continue to open locally, San Diego County has launched an interactive map displaying all the vaccination sites in the Area. Those who fall in the Phase 1A category or are 65 years and older can now make appointments through the new website that allows users to pick a location that will connect them to the appointment system.
A total of four “Vaccination Superstations” have been opened across the county, which include Petco Park, Grossmont Center Mall, South Region Live Well Center at Chula Vista and Sharp - South Bay, bringing the total number of vaccination sites to 20.
To help slow the spread of the virus amongst the homeless, residents of the ‘Operation Shelter to Home’ emergency shelter located at the downtown convention center and who are at least 65 years old and in the County of San Diego’s Phase 1B – Tier 1 category in the vaccination plan received the Moderna vaccine. A second dose will be needed approximately four weeks after the initial round, as long as there is a supply of the vaccine.
As these new vaccination sites open, the number of San Diegans wanting to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus significantly exceeds the total doses that have been shipped to the region to date. During last week's COVID-19 update, health officials said the county is now capable of delivering more than 20,000 doses every day. However, due to an ongoing mismatch between vaccine supply and demand, only about half of that capacity will be available anytime soon.
“We have just gone beyond the supply of vaccines ... as a county, we can only give what we have received,” Nathan Fletcher, chair of the county Board of Supervisors said. “The supply of vaccines has not kept up with our ability to build out infrastructure to administer them.”
The situation is projected to get worse, as many people in Phase 1A received their first dose of the vaccine in January and are coming up on receiving their second. More than 100,000 people have been vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine, which could result in the allocation of the new incoming doses for those who have already received their first, resulting in scarce first-dose appointments.
“The basic intent is that we’ll honor second-dose appointments first, and then, with what we have left over, we will make first-dose appointments,” Fletcher said.