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San Diego COVID-19 Vaccination Super Station To Open In North County Sunday

Four boxes of medical supplies are stacked on the ground of the Cal State Uni...

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Above: Four boxes of medical supplies are stacked on the ground of the Cal State University San Marcos Sports Center, Jan. 29, 2021.

Starting Saturday afternoon, San Diegans in Phase 1A or those 65 and older can book appointments to get vaccinated for COVID-19 at the new California State University San Marcos super vaccination station.

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County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said the county is working with multiple health care companies at the location.

“We are sponsoring this site in partnership with the university, along with some staffing support from Tri-City (Medical Center), UC San Diego and Palomar Health,” Fletcher said during a Thursday press conference.

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The CSU San Marcos site will start administering shots Sunday morning and plans to eventually give up to 5,000 vaccinations a day. Hours for the location are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

The new clinic will be at the Sports Center and Clarke Field House on the CSU San Marcos campus. The location is a walk-up site, like the super station in Chula Vista.

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Morod Shah is the associate director of athletics, facilities and operations at CSU San Marcos. He helped oversee the setup of the new site and said the super station adds to the university’s county partnership on COVID-19.

“We have a testing site just on the other side of campus and we wanted to continue that partnership and really do our part helping curb the spread of COVID-19,” Shah said. “We are fully virtual right now and this facility was sitting here, so it was a no brainer for us and the county.”

Free parking will be available for the San Marcos super station at Parking Structure 1, which is across the road from the Sports Center and located at 103 Campus View Dr., San Marcos. Disabled parking will be offered directly in front of the vaccination site.

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Along with seven small-scale vaccination centers called “community pods,” the San Marcos site will be the third super vaccination station in the county.

The other two are at Petco Park and in Chula Vista. All three super stations aim to vaccinate 5,000 people a day when working at full capacity. Fletcher said there are still more locations to come across the region.

“We have plans very quickly to get a fourth one up in East County sometime next week. So, we are continuing to add pods, continuing to add super stations and continuing to ramp up the availability we can. But again, this is contingent upon the supply of vaccine,” Fletcher said.

While scheduling appointments has been difficult for some San Diegans, the County launched an interactive map showing all the vaccination sites where appointments can be made. To schedule an appointment for yourself or a loved one, go to vaccinationsuperstationsd.com.

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