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One Millionth COVID-19 Vaccine Administered In San Diego County

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher visits the Tubman/Chavez Community Center to mark ...

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Above: Supervisor Nathan Fletcher visits the Tubman/Chavez Community Center to mark the one-millionth COVID vaccine administered in San Diego County on March 5, 2021.

“The one-millionth vaccine administered in the County of San Diego," Supervisor Nathan Fletcher exclaimed outside the Tubman-Chavez Community Center in southeast San Diego.

Fletcher visited the center to mark a milestone for the county.

It has not been a smooth ride getting here. The Petco Park super station has shut down numerous times since it opened on Jan. 11, usually due to a lack of COVID-19 vaccines.

But the process of vaccinating the more than three million people in the county looks pretty good when compared to the rest of California.

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“We are moving faster than any other county in the state of California to administer these vaccines,” Fletcher said.

Inside the Tubman-Chavez Center, Fletcher found a scene playing itself out at dozens of county-sponsored vaccination sites. People were sitting in a room, physically distanced, one by one going to nurse stations to receive their shot.

Fletcher shared the special moment with a newly vaccinated San Diegan.

“Alright! Good job man, good job man, good job,” he said as he fist-bumped with the man.

While getting to and now past one million doses administered is a significant achievement, Fletcher said we could be doing so much more.

One Millionth COVID-19 Vaccine Administered In San Diego County

Reported by John Carroll

“We’ve built out the system where at our county-administered sites, we could do a million vaccines a month, and we can do more, we just need more vaccines,” he said.

On that front, he had some very positive news.

“We expect to get J&J vaccines next week. That will help in our effort. We need more Pfizer, we need more Moderna and we want to continue the progress and the momentum we have going," Fletcher said.

Progress and momentum towards the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel that gets a little brighter every day.

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