County's vaccination super station in downtown San Diego reopens after 2-day closure

Posted at 7:53 AM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 20:39:27-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego County's vaccination super station in downtown San Diego reopened Wednesday morning after being closed for two consecutive days.

The vaccine clinic at Petco Park was closed on Monday due to inclement weather. The super station was shut down Tuesday so crews could conduct repairs. Approximately 8 to 9,000 appointments had to be canceled and rescheduled.

Those who had appointments on Monday were rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28; those individuals are asked to only return at their newly scheduled time through MyChart. Anyone who had Tuesday appointments will have their appointments moved to Saturday, Jan. 30. County health officials said notices would be sent via MyChart.

Frustrations grew Wednesday as the line for the Petco Park site stretched for blocks and people waited for hours to get their shots. However, some people were thankful to be getting a shot.

"Waited about three and a half hours," said Debra Gomez while waiting in line. Gomez and her husband drove from Escondido to receive a vaccine. "As long as I get home with my shot I’ll be very happy."

Approximately 4,400 appointments were scheduled for Wednesday.

Click here to learn more about the MyChart system

Appointments made for the Petco Park site are not transferable to other county vaccination sites.

Dr. Chris Longhurst, with UC San Diego Health asks for those getting vaccines to be patient. UCSD is currently looking to enroll more volunteers to help at the site.

"Staffing is one of the main challenges, we already deployed a lot of our healthcare system staff to help with this, we’re also getting volunteers from campus and outside of the university which is terrific and we’d really appreciate more volunteers," he said.

Volunteers can sign up here.

Currently, the county's vaccination sites are only serving residents with appointments that are healthcare workers in Phase 1A and those 65 and older in the first tier of Phase 1B. Appointments can be made online here.

The county says residents should contact their doctor or healthcare provider first for a vaccine before making an appointment at a county site if none are available. Walk-ups and drive-ups are not allowed without appointments.

Anyone who is sick with COVID-19 should not make an appointment.