County health officials confirmed that at the new “Super Vaccination Station” in San Diego County on Wednesday, allergic reactions of some Moderna vaccinators caused delays.
Just after 11 am, NBC 7 confirmed that some people waiting for the vaccine at the Tailgate Park site experienced delays. Others said they had been rejected.
The National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)7 contacted the person who operated the station; a representative said that the delay was about an hour due to logistical problems related to more doses of vaccine arriving at the location.
In the county’s weekly COVID-19 briefing, Dr. Eric McDonald, the county’s epidemiology director, said that after allergic reactions were found in six vaccinators, the vaccination rate has been somewhat Slow down.
Dr. McDonald’s said that although allergic reactions are expected in large-scale vaccination operations, the number seen on Wednesday was slightly higher than expected at the time, so the super station has slowed the vaccination rate, so they can investigate. The site also exchanged vaccines for the new batch out of caution, in case the reaction was related to the original batch.
A county spokesperson confirmed that the vaccine associated with the allergic reaction was from Moderna, one of two pharmaceutical companies that have an FDA-approved COVID-1
The super workstation can prepare for any type of reaction. Dr. McDonald’s said that it is too early to investigate and it is necessary to know exactly what caused the allergic reaction.
The chairman of the supervisory board, Nathan Fletcher, said that the site will continue to manage vaccines on Wednesday and remain open to honor all appointments.
The county’s new “vaccine super station” is now up and running in Tailgate Park, and health workers at the University of California, San Diego will administer thousands of vaccines to medical staff every day.
The location is the county, a partnership between Padres and the University of California San Diego Health Center, which aims to quickly roll out the coronavirus vaccine and vaccinate as many eligible residents as possible.
The goal of the site’s launch is to immunize 5,000 health care workers every day, with the goal of administering the coronavirus vaccine to people in the state’s vaccine priority list at level 1A.
Health professionals from dialysis centers, primary care clinics, dental facilities, etc. are now eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine. UC San Diego Department of Health employees will administer vaccines at the new super station.
SkyRanger 7 gave us a glimpse of the new vaccine “super station” that opened near Petco Park on January 11, 2021. The goal is to immunize 5,000 medical workers every day as part of the county’s Phase 1A.
The new site has 42 tents, including four walking tents. The goal on the opening day is to vaccinate 2500 health care workers.
Officials hope to increase this number to at least 5,000 medical workers per day, and eventually vaccinate 500,000 medical workers in the area.
Fletcher said that Super Station will continue to work by vaccinating medical staff. In the future, Fletcher hopes that the venue can expand the scope of vaccination for residents over 65.
Fletcher said: “We have not ended our health care workers, we will continue to work hard to solve these problems.”
San Diego County Chief Nursing Officer Denise Foster said Monday that the site expects to receive initial shipments of more than 50,000 doses.
Foster said that “a significant portion” of the dose will be Moderna vaccine, and the rest will be Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
As counties try to ramp up vaccinations, and COVID-19 cases continue to surge, San Diego’s super vaccination stations are part of a larger trend that is happening throughout California.
California is transforming baseball stadiums, outdoor markets, and even the parking lot of the Disneyland Resort in Orange County into mass vaccination sites.