Unexpected series of allergic reactions cause delays at ‘super vaccination station’ near Petco Park – NBC 7 San Diego


Allergic reactions in some Moderna vaccine recipients caused delays at the new San Diego County “Vaccination Super Station” on Wednesday near Petco Park in downtown, 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 turned down.

NBC 7 has contacted those who run the station; a representative said the delay was around an hour due to logistical issues with more vaccine doses arriving at the site.

People were fired from the Petco Park Super Vaccination Center this morning for some allergic reactions to the vaccine. NBC 7’s Jackie Crea has details.

During the county’s weekly COVID-19 briefing, Dr Eric McDonald, county epidemiology director, said vaccinations were slowed after allergic reactions were detected in six vaccinees.

While allergic reactions are expected in mass vaccination operations, that amount seen on Wednesday was slightly higher than expected for this time frame, so the Super Station has slowed down vaccinations so they can investigate, Dr. McDonald’s. The site also swapped out the vaccines it was using for a new batch out of caution, in case any reactions had to do with the original batch.

A county spokesperson confirmed that the vaccines associated with allergic reactions came from Moderna, one of two pharmaceutical companies with FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines.

The Super Station has set up contingencies for any type of reaction. It is too early in the investigation to know exactly what caused the allergic reactions, Dr McDonald said.

Supervisory board chairman Nathan Fletcher said the site would continue to administer vaccines on Wednesday and stay open late to honor all appointments.

The county’s new Vaccination Super Station is now operational at Tailgate Park, where UCSD Health staff will administer thousands of vaccines to health workers daily.

The location is a partnership between the county, the Padres and UC San Diego Health to rapidly deploy the coronavirus vaccine and administer as many vaccines as possible to eligible residents.

The site was launched with the goal of vaccinating 5,000 health workers per day, with the goal of administering the coronavirus vaccine to those considered to be in Phase 1A-Tier of the state’s priority vaccine list. .

Healthcare professionals at dialysis centers, primary health clinics, dental facilities and more can now receive the coronavirus vaccine. UC San Diego Health employees will administer vaccines at the new Super Station.

SkyRanger 7 gives us a sneak peek at the new Vaccination Super Station which opened near Petco Park on January 11, 2021, with the goal of vaccinating 5,000 health workers per day who are part of County Phase 1A .

The new site includes 42 tents, including four tents without a lift. The objective of its opening day was to vaccinate 2,500 health workers.

Officials hoped to increase that number to at least 5,000 health workers per day and ultimately immunize 500,000 health workers in the region.

Fletcher said the Super Station will continue to operate by vaccinating healthcare workers. In the future, Fletcher hopes the site can extend vaccinations to residents 65 or older.

“We haven’t finished our healthcare workers and we will continue to work with them,” Fletcher said.

Denise Foster, chief nurse for San Diego County, said Monday the site expected to receive an initial shipment of more than 50,000 doses.

A “large part” of the doses would be the Moderna vaccine, Foster said, while the rest would be the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The Super Vaccination Station in San Diego is part of a larger trend that is occurring across California as counties attempt to ramp up vaccination efforts as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

California is turning baseball stadiums, fairs and even a parking lot at the Disneyland Resort in Orange County into mass vaccination sites.


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