Allergic reactions among some Moder vaccine recipients led to delays Wednesday near San Diego County’s new “vaccination super station” near Petco Park in downtown, county health officials confirmed.
Just after 11 a.m., NBC 7 confirmed that some people were experiencing delays while waiting for their vaccine at the site at Tailgate Park. Others said they were gone.
Reached out to people running NBC 7 stations; The delay was about an hour long due to logistical issues with higher doses of vaccine arriving at the site, a representative said.
During the county’s weekly COVID-19 briefing, the county’s director of epidemiology, Dr. Eric McDonald said vaccinations were slowed down after six vaccinators were found to have an allergic reaction.
Mass. An allergic reaction is expected in the mass vaccination operation, the amount seen on Wednesday was slightly higher than expected during that period so the super station slowed down vaccinations so they could investigate, McDonald said. In a situation involving reactions with an insecure batch, under the pretext of precaution, the site also reversed the vaccines used for the new batch.
A county spokesman confirmed that the vaccine associated with the allergic reaction was Modernani, one of two pharmaceutical companies with the FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine.
Super stations have contingency locations for any kind of reaction. Dr. Mc. McDonald said it was too early in the investigation to determine exactly what caused the allergic reactions.
Nathan Fletcher, chairman of the board of supervisors, said the site would continue to administer vaccines on Wednesday and would be late to honor all appointments.
The county’s new “vaccination super station” is now being set up at Tailgate Park, where UCSD health staff will deliver thousands of vaccines to health care workers every day.
The location is a partnership between County, Pedres and UC San Diego Health that strives to get the coronavirus vaccine out quickly and to run as many shots as possible to eligible residents.
Aiming to administer the coronavirus vaccine to people in Phase 1 A-tier of the state’s vaccine priority list, the site has been launched with the goal of vaccinating 1,000 health care workers daily.
Health professionals in dialysis centers, primary health clinics, dental facilities and more are now eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine. UC San Diego health workers will administer the vaccine at the new super station.
Skyranger 7 gives us a glimpse of the new vaccination “super station”, which opened on January 11, 2021 near Petco Park, part of the county’s Phase 1A Tire, which aims to vaccinate 5,000 health care workers daily.
The new site offers 42 tents, including four walk-up tents. Its initial day goal was to vaccinate 2,500 health care workers.
Officials hope that number will reach at least 5,000 health care workers per day and eventually, vaccinate 500,000 health care workers across the region.
Fletcher said super station health care workers will continue to work through vaccinations. In the future, Fletcher hopes the site could extend vaccinations to residents aged 65 or older.
“We haven’t finished our health care workers and we continue to work through that,” Fletcher said.
Den Diesel Foster, chief nursing officer for San Diego County, said the site expects to receive an initial shipment of more than 50,000 doses on Monday.
Fost said a “large portion” of the dose would be the Moderna vaccine, while the rest was the Pfizer-Bioentech vaccine.
Vaccination super stations in San Diego are part of a larger trend occurring in California as counties try to advance vaccination efforts while Covid-19 cases continue to rise.
The California Baseball Stadium, playground, and a parking lot at Disneyland Resort in Orange County are also being converted into mass vaccination sites.