Allergic reactions in some modern-day vaccine recipients caused delays Wednesday at San Diego County’s new “Vaccination Super Station” near downtown Petco Park, county health officials confirmed.
Just after 11 a.m., NBC 7 confirmed that some people waiting for their vaccines at the Tailgate Park site were experiencing delays. Others said they had been rejected.
NBC 7 reached out to those running the station; a representative said the delay was about an hour long due to logistical issues related to multiple doses of the vaccine arriving at the scene.
People were turned away from the vaccination center in Petco Park this morning because of a few people who had an allergic reaction to the vaccine. NBC 7̵
During the county’s weekly COVID-19 briefing, Dr. Eric McDonald, director of epidemiology for the county, said the vaccinations were slowed after allergic reactions were discovered in six vaccine recipients.
While allergic reactions are expected in mass vaccination operations, the amount seen on Wednesday was slightly higher than expected during that period, so Super Station slowed vaccinations so they could investigate, said Dr. McDonald. The site also swapped the vaccines it used for a new batch out of abundance of caution if the reactions had to do with the original batch.
A spokesman for the county confirmed that the vaccines associated with the allergic reactions were from Moderna, one of two pharmaceutical companies with FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines.
Super Station is prepared for any kind of reaction. It is too early in the study to know exactly what caused the allergic reactions, said Dr. McDonald.
Board of Supervisors Nathan Fletcher said the site continues to administer vaccines Wednesday and stays open late to respect all appointments.
The county’s new “Vaccination Super Station” is now underway in Tailgate Park, where UCSD Health staff administer thousands of vaccines to health professionals daily.
The location is a partnership between the county, Padres and UC San Diego Health in an effort to quickly roll out the coronavirus vaccine and administer as many shots as possible to eligible residents.
The site was launched with a goal of vaccinating 5,000 healthcare professionals daily with the aim of administering the coronavirus vaccine to those considered to be in Phase 1A level on the state vaccine priority list.
Healthcare professionals from dialysis centers, primary care clinics, dental facilities and more are eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine now. UC San Diego Health staff administers the vaccines at the new Super Station.
SkyRanger 7 gives us a glimpse of the new vaccination “Super Station” that opened near Petco Park on January 11, 2021 with the goal of vaccinating 5,000 health workers daily that are part of the county’s Phase 1A level.
The new place has 42 tents, including four tents. The goal on opening day was to vaccinate 2,500 healthcare professionals.
Officials hoped to increase the number to at least 5,000 health workers daily and eventually vaccinate 500,000 health workers across the region.
Fletcher said Super Station would continue to work through vaccination of health care workers. In the future, Fletcher hopes the site can extend vaccinations to residents who are 65 or older.
“We are not done with our healthcare workers and we will continue to work through them,” Fletcher said.
Denise Foster, head of nursing in San Diego County, said Monday that the site expected to receive an initial shipment of more than 50,000 doses.
A “large portion” of the doses would be the Moderna vaccine, Foster said, while the rest was the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Vaccination Super Station in San Diego is part of a larger trend happening across California as counties try to increase vaccination efforts while COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
California is turning baseball stadiums, amusement parks and even a parking lot at the Disneyland Resort in Orange County into mass vaccination sites.