Vaccine eligibility change causes confusion as to when some San Diegans will see COVID-19 shot

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Posted at 11:20 AM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 14:27:21-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Gov. Newsom's announcement that those 65 and older can now get their COVID-19 vaccine is adding some confusion as to when some residents can get the vaccine.

ABC 10News knows of at least one person who was turned away, being told the site was only for health care workers. That decision falls in line with the county's comments Wednesday that county-run sites would continue to prioritize vaccinating health care workers.

Day four of the county’s super station seemed just as busy as the previous days. The county's goal is to get 5,000 people vaccinated every day. Wednesday, there were delays after some reported having allergic reactions. County officials say the site stayed open later to make up for the backup.

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At Sharp Coronado, during the first day of their vaccination clinic, 250 people were vaccinated with no reactions to report. Hospital officials say they are also working to bump up the number of vaccines they give daily.

This comes as county officials say they don’t have enough vaccines to cover all of those that fall in Phase 1A, adding that they also need more people to administer vaccines. The county has received just over 200,000 vaccines for an estimated 620,000 people included in Phase 1A.

After the state opened vaccine distribution up to those 65 and up, San Diego County must now factor in roughly half a million people that fall in that category.

Joselle Covarrubias, a teacher for the PIMA Institute, said she was in line to get her vaccine today and despite hearing the reports of a vaccine shortage, she’s not worried about not being able to get her second dose in time.

"I’m just taking it one day at a time. Today I’m getting the vaccine and when I get the second dose I’ll do it," Covarrubias said.

ABC 10News reached out to the county to get clarification about where those 65 and up can get their vaccines and was told they should contact their primary physicians to see if they are able to provide them.