96 year-old woman gets COVID-19 vaccine at rainy Downtown Super Station

Rain may have contributed to shorter lines on Sat.
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Posted at 6:47 PM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-23 22:09:13-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)-- San Diego County officials said the outdoor Vaccination Super Station at the Petco Park parking lot would remain open despite the weekend rain. Many people took advantage of what seemed to be shorter-than-usual lines.

Dark clouds rolled through Petco Park along with thousands of people, anxious to get their COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday afternoon.

Emily Biundo drove her 96-year-old grandmother Marie Ostwald to the downtown Vaccination Super Station.

“The Internet is a little bit hard for her sometimes, so that’s why I went ahead and made the appointment," Biundo said.

Ostwald said she had not gone out in what seemed like forever. So rain or shine, Biundo decided to make her vaccination appointment into a special outing.

“I had a friend that spent four hours [here] two days ago," Ostwald said.

Anticipating a long wait, Biundo packed some sandwiches and made it into a drive-up picnic. But surprisingly, their appointment went much quicker than expected. Registration took seconds, and they did not wait in any line. Before she knew it, Ostwald got her shot.

Biundo said they did not even take their first bite into their sandwiches until they got to the mandatory 15-minute observation area. The ladies thought maybe the bad weather contributed to their appointment being so smooth.

“We were in and out," Biundo said. "I don’t know if it was the rain. Maybe not that many people were coming today, or canceled or something. It was a good day.”

Ostwald said she is excited to get her second shot at Petco Park as well, so she can attend church again and feel safer spending time with her grandchildren.