SAN DIEGO, CA — The Petco Park COVID-19 vaccine tremendous station, which was scheduled to open Sunday, will as an alternative be closed Sunday and Monday due to delayed vaccine shipments, UC San Diego Health officers stated Saturday.
Appointments for second doses on Feb. 19-22 have been briefly canceled and will probably be mechanically be rescheduled, the hospital stated. People who had appointments ought to verify the MyUCSDChart web site for updates.
The federal authorities introduced it might try and get all delayed COVID-19 vaccines to their designated places by the top of subsequent week, and San Diego County public well being officers stated they have been able to administer these doses as quickly as they arrive.
“We have the mechanism in place to be able to administer all the doses we get in San Diego County,” Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public well being officer, stated Friday. “In the meantime, we’re asking San Diegans to be patient. As the delayed doses arrive, we will administer them to everyone who has an appointment and release new time slots.”
As many as a number of hundred vaccination appointments scheduled for Friday and Saturday on the county’s largest vaccine distribution website — Petco Park — have been postponed till a while subsequent week, owing to delayed vaccine shipments from the Midwest and East Coast.
The county’s Health and Human Services Agency stated residents who have been scheduled for his or her second dose of the vaccine can even be rescheduled.
Currently, all county COVID-19 vaccination factors of shelling out and the North County Super Station in San Marcos are solely providing appointments for second doses. Appointments for first doses at these websites are being rescheduled into subsequent week.
The Sharp HealthCare vaccination tremendous station websites at Chula Vista Center and Grossmont Center are nonetheless providing first and second dose appointments with Pfizer vaccine.
The Petco Park website delayed appointments every week in the past, when a Moderna vaccine cargo was delayed on Feb. 12. The website reopened Wednesday, however vaccine appointments have been already disrupted.
The huge winter storm gripping a lot of the nation has frozen provide strains for the vaccines. Moderna produces the majority of its vaccines in Massachusetts, whereas Pfizer makes its in Michigan. Sub-freezing temperatures throughout a lot of the United States have delayed shipments of the vials across the nation.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has suggested that individuals can wait as much as 42 days between doses and nonetheless obtain most immunity.
As of Friday, of the 779,000 vaccine doses the county has acquired, 705,985 have been administered, greater than 5,000 are awaiting processing and 67,000 are but to be administered. A complete of 18.2% of San Diego County’s inhabitants over the age of 16 have acquired a minimum of one dose and 6.1% are totally inoculated.
The county has 5 vaccine tremendous stations and 15 smaller neighborhood distribution websites.
Friday’s information elevated the variety of COVID-19 infections to 255,802 for the reason that pandemic started, whereas the demise toll elevated to three,169.
According to Friday’s information, 19 males and 15 girls died between Dec. 25. and Feb. 18.
It was additionally the eighth consecutive day with instances beneath 1,000 and the eleventh of the previous 12 days to fall beneath that metric.
Of 14,822 checks reported Friday, 5% returned constructive, reducing the 14-day rolling common of constructive checks to five.1% from Thursday’s 5.2%.
Four group outbreaks have been reported Friday, two in business settings, one in a daycare/preschool/childcare setting and one in a retail setting. There have been 30 up to now week.
—City News Service