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Five doses of COVID-19 vaccine is held at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland. Manuel Balce Ceneta/Pool via REUTERS.

Scripps Health, the County of San Diego and the Del Mar Fairgrounds are partnering to open a COVID-19 vaccination super station at the fairgrounds on Friday.

The vaccination center at 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard will provide drive-through and walk-through services on an appointment-only basis to anyone eligible to receive a shot under the latest county guidelines.

Appointments will initially be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday. Longer hours and more days of operation will be added as more vaccine becomes available.

Appointment slots will be posted once they are available on the county’s vaccination website at

“Scripps Health is pleased to collaborate with the county and the Del Mar Fairgrounds on what will be a very important communitywide resource and new tool in the battle to control and diminish the COVID-19 pandemic locally,” said Scripps President and CEO Chris Van Gorder.

“We are ready to expand beyond the smaller vaccination clinics we’ve been able to offer to Scripps patients over the past few weeks. All we need is a supply of more doses to vaccinate more people,” he added.

Scripps will provide the clinical staff members who will administer the shots, the county will supply the vaccine doses, and the Del Mar Fairgrounds is making a portion of its facilities available to house the operation.

“This super station will be the next major part of our regional vaccination strategy,” said county Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer. “Our biggest challenge right now is vaccine supply, but we are preparing this large venue to ensure we are ready to ramp up vaccination distribution as quickly as possible when more doses become available.”

Carlene Moore, fairgrounds interim CEO, added: “As an accessible public facility with plenty of space and a team eager to help, it really makes sense for the Del Mar Fairgrounds to serve as a vaccination super station. Our staff and board of directors are excited to support the County Department of Public Health, along with their partners at Scripps Health, in their heroic vaccination efforts in the battle against COVID-19.”

Free parking will be available for those using the walk-through option.

Updated at 2:45 p.m. Feb. 10, 2021

— City News Service contributed to this report.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.