Written by Michael Palomba
A COVID-19 “Vaccination Super Station” opened Monday near Petco Park at the intersection of 13th Avenue and K Street.
The facility is 280,000 square feet and its goal is to vaccinate 5,000 health care workers per day. The effort has been made possible through the collaboration of the University of California San Diego, the San Diego Padres, and county and city officials.
“This kind of collaboration is going to be the new normal,” said San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, “This will be the new business as usual when it comes to how our governments at the local level will collaborate.”
It is unclear what Mayor Gloria means when he says, “This kind of collaboration is going to be the new normal,” as collaboration like this is nothing new. Perhaps it is new in the sense of COVID-19 vaccinations, but previous Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s administration had no problem facilitating collaboration to tackle complex issues.
Regardless, the new vaccination site is made up of 42 tents, which includes 4 walk-up tents. For day 1, officials are aiming to vaccinate 2,500 healthcare workers. For the following days, they are shooting for at least 5,000 individual vaccinations per day.
The ramp-up in vaccinations is much needed as Gov. Newsom revealed last week in a press conference that the speed of the vaccine rollout is “not good enough.”
The new site will be open to healthcare workers every day from 7 am to 7 pm. More information can be found on the County News Center.
Photo via UCSD Health