Supply shortage causes 3-day closure of Del Mar vaccination site


SAN DIEGO — The vaccination super station in Del Mar will be closed for three days in the coming week because of supply shortages.

Scripps Health runs the site at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. A spokesperson said the super station will be closed on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday because of a low number of COVID-19 vaccines delivered last week.

Patients with appointments should see them rescheduled automatically through MyTurn, according to Scripps.

The Del Mar super vaccination site has seen several closures since it opened in mid-February. It was closed this weekend because of shortages in vaccine supply.

President Joe Biden announced Monday that 90% of adults in the United States will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine and have a vaccination site within 5 miles of their home by April 19. Biden also said the number of pharmacies in the federal vaccination program will double from 17,000 to 40,000 during the same period.

Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher said San Diego County has the ability to administer 35,000 vaccines each day. Limited doses mean the actual number being injected is around 12,000 per day.

More than 1.73 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been delivered to San Diego County, according to the county HHSA, and more than 1.64 million have been logged as administered. This number includes both county residents and those who work in San Diego County.

The HHSA on Sunday reported more than 890,000 people — or 33.8% of San Diego County residents over the age of 16 — have received at least one dose of the two-shot vaccines, and 554,555 people — or 20.6% — have been fully vaccinated.

Californians age 50 and older can sign up for an appointment for the vaccine beginning April 1 and anyone age 16 and up can do so on April 15, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday.

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