CHULA VISTA, Calif. — San Diego County’s second vaccination “super station” opened Thursday morning in the South Bay.
The center is located outside 565 Broadway, the former Sears building in Chula Vista Center. COVID-19 vaccines will be administered to people eligible under Phase 1A including health care workers, patients in long-term nursing facilities and individuals 75 and older.
“We wanted to make sure that it was a location that is familiar to our communities,” San Diego County Supervisor Nora Vargas said. “We wanted to make sure that it was close to transportation and I think many of you know that this site has been serving as a testing site for some time now, so our community knows that this is where they need to go.”
Unlike the drive-through center that opened earlier this month at Petco Park, this is a a walk-up location. Individuals must make an appointment in advance. Parking at the site is limited.
The site will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
By next week, county leaders hope to vaccinate 5,000 people each day at the new super center.
San Diego County resident Tan Vuong got vaccinated and said it was very organized and he is already looking forward to booking his second shot.
“It’s very neat! They organized the tables very nicely and we have space,” Vuong said.
Healthcare workers remain the priority when it comes to who is eligible to get vaccinated. Though the state has recommended people age 65 and older get vaccinated, San Diego County is allowing people ages 75 and older to get vaccinated at the super stations. As people make appointments, some have said it is difficult to find availability.
“That is encouraging because there is such significant demand to get vaccines,” County Board of Supervisors Chairman Nathan Fletcher said. “We have to continue to work through the process of receiving vaccines and then simultaneously standing up the infrastructure to be able administer them.”
The Chula Vista Super Station launch came as they county said there would be two more super stations opening by February 1st. One will be in East County and another in North County.
There have been nearly 182,000 vaccines administered with just over 29,000 people completely vaccinated. That means just 1% of the population is fully vaccinated.
“We have our internal goal of what we want to do with our county sponsored sites and then our regional goals of what we want to do and I think we will hit our January number, if not surpass it; but, we will have to see how it goes over the next 10 days,” Fletcher said.
The goal is to administer 250,000 vaccines by the end of the month. Fletcher also revealed that more than 173,000 vaccines had been shipped to San Diego County within the last 48 hours.