Moving the Needle

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UC San Diego Health leads the way in vaccine delivery.

Downtown San Diego’s Petco Park once drew thousands to cheer in the stands, but for several months this year, it was where the COVID-19 vaccine helped thousands get on their way again.

A collaboration with the County of San Diego, the San Diego Padres and the City of San Diego, the PETCO Park Vaccination Super Station was the region’s first vaccination super station, administered by UC San Diego Health. From January 11 to March 20, the drive-through and walk-up site served more than 130,000 members of the San Diego community and provided a national model for other vaccination super sites.

“We are grateful to the many staff members, students and volunteers who have given their time to help so many San Diegans get vaccinated,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla.

“UC San Diego is an integral part of our San Diego community. Our role as a public research university and the region’s only academic medical center put us in a unique position to lead during this pandemic. Our vaccination super stations are making our community safer.”

On February 8, UC San Diego opened an additional COVID-19 vaccination site on campus at the Recreation, Intramural and Athletic Complex (RIMAC). The site serves vaccination-eligible UC San Diego employees, students and patients, as well as members of the community.

The RIMAC site can provide up to 5,000 vaccinations daily, seven days a
week, depending on supply. Vaccinations are administered by appointment only.

As of April 1, more than 41,000 people had received doses of the vaccine at the RIMAC site. In early March, UC San Diego Health began deploying mobile vaccine clinics to support equitable, widespread deployment of COVID-19 vaccines to local communities as well. Altogether, between super stations and hospitals and clinics around the county, UC San Diego Health has delivered approximately 20 percent of all vaccines in San Diego County.

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