Vaccination super station
The vaccination super station at Petco Park operated by UC San Diego Health. Courtesy UCSD

The Petco Park COVID-19 vaccine super station, which was scheduled to reopen on Sunday, will instead close for two more days because of delayed Moderna vaccine shipments, UC San Diego Health officials said Saturday.

Appointments for second doses scheduled for Feb. 19-22 will be automatically rescheduled, the healthcare provider said. People who had appointments should check the MyUCSDChart website for updates.

The massive winter storm gripping much of the nation has delayed shipments of vaccine across the county. The Moderna vaccine, which is in shortest supply, is made Massachusetts, while Pfizer’s production facility is in Michigan.

The federal government announced Friday it would attempt to get all delayed COVID-19 vaccines to their designated locations by the end of next week, and San Diego County public health officials said they were ready to administer those doses as soon as they arrive.

“We have the mechanism in place to be able to administer all the doses we get in San Diego County,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “In the meantime, we’re asking San Diegans to be patient. As the delayed doses arrive, we will administer them to everyone who has an appointment and release new time slots.”

While Petco is closed, other county sites administering the Moderna vaccine continue to make appointments for second doses, and there is still Pfizer vaccine available in the county for first doses.

The Sharp HealthCare vaccination super station sites at Chula Vista Center and Grossmont Center are still offering first and second dose appointments with Pfizer vaccine.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised that people can wait up to 42 days between doses and still achieve maximum immunity.

As of Friday, the county had received 779,000 vaccine doses, and administered 705,985. A total of 18.2% of San Diego County’s population over the age of 16 have received at least one dose and 6.1% are fully inoculated.

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Chris Jennewein

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