Shipment delay causes vaccine shortage, county reschedules three days of Petco Park appointments

Posted at 1:16 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 20:37:52-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — County health officials announced Friday a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines due to the delay of a shipment of Moderna vaccines.

Because of the shortage, officials say the county vaccination sites will slow and, in some cases, pause appointments. The shipment is expected to now arrive on Tuesday.

The county has paused appointments at the Petco Park vaccination site on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Those appointments will be automatically rescheduled through the UCSD MyChart appointment system and an email will be sent to those individuals.

According to UC San Diego Health Dr. Marlene Millen, Sunday appointments will shift to Feb. 22, Monday to Feb. 23, and Tuesday will be split with those before 12 p.m. now on Feb. 24 and those after 12 p.m. on Feb. 25.

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If rescheduled dates do not work for patients, they will have the option to choose a different time or location in the MyChart system. Appointments at the Petco Park site for Friday and Saturday will remain as scheduled.

The South Bay and East County vaccination super stations have enough supply to get through Monday, officials said. The North County super station and county-run POD sites have enough supply to meet second dose appointments as well as some first dose appointments.

The county said second dose appointments will remain a priority for vaccination sites before scheduling more first dose appointments.

Those who have a second dose appointment delayed can wait up to 42 days between doses and still achieve maximum immunity, according to the CDC.