Residents line up early on 1st day for North County vaccine ‘super station’

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SAN MARCOS, Calif. — North County residents are now able to get COVID-19 vaccines closer to home, as San Diego County opened its third Vaccination Super Station Sunday at Cal State San Marcos Sports Center.

“The vaccine offers our pathway out of this, the road to recovery, to restoring, to renewing,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Nathan Fletcher said before the first patients started getting a dose of the vaccine at 9:30 a.m.

Lines were long as some residents waited hours to get their vaccine. That was despite having appointments, which are required at the new site.

“Hour and a half, it’ll probably be about two hours late,” resident Kenneth Ross said.

A worker at the site confirmed to FOX 5 there was a glitch in the system, which triple booked Sunday morning appointments. A team was working to correct it with hopes the issue would be fixed before Monday. 

Other residents said it has been difficult to book appointments online over the last few days. 

“It kept crashing,” said Maryam Dorsey, who made an appointment for her husband. “Twice, I think, I actually got all the way through to the appointment and then at the last minute, it just crashed.”

“We know it has been tough for folks to get an appointment, but we are working tirelessly to do everything possible to add more sites and get more appointments to alleviate some of that pressure and stress,” Fletcher said. 

The county has received more than 485,900 vaccines. Fletcher said the initial goal set in early January was to give 200,000 vaccinations by the end of the month. He said the county is now well over 300,000, with 1.6% of the county’s population over the age of 16 fully vaccinated.

“The demand for the vaccine is exceedingly high,” Fletcher said. “We have far greater demand to get the vaccine than we have vaccines. We are grateful to so many San Diegans who are so committed to getting the vaccine because, again, this is our pathway out of what we face.”

Supervisor Jim Desmond joined Fletcher, calling the San Marcos site “a very positive game-changer for all of us in North County.”

“It’s truly a remarkable collaborative effort,” Desmond said. “I’m glad to be part of it.”

The site will be open to the public weekly Sunday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Depending on the number of vaccines available, the site is expected to initially vaccinate 250 to 1,000 people per day, eventually building up to 5,000 or more vaccines daily.

The site is being hosted at CSUSM, with partnership from Palomar Health, UC San Diego Health and Tri-City Medical Center.

Fletcher said an East County Super Station is in the works for this week, but he hasn’t named a date or location.

Appointments for the San Marcos site can be made online at www.VaccinationSuperStationSD.com. Those who arrive for appointments can park at 103 Campus View Drive. There will be free parking on floors two and three of the parking structure.

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