The vaccination center will be inside the university’s Recreation, Intramural and Athletic Complex (RIMAC Arena).
UC San Diego joins the list of vaccination ‘super stations’ on Monday, February 8. It will be the fifth mass vaccination center in San Diego County, along with the one near Petco Park, as well as others in San Marcos, Chula Vista and the Grossmont Center Mall in La Mesa.
The new vaccination site will be run by UCSD Health, who is already collaborating with local officials and the San Diego Padres at the site near Petco Park. The university averages around 5,000 doses per day at the Petco Park site. The hope is that the RIMAC Arena will accommodate the same numbers once fully operational, given they are provided with sufficient doses.
“Widespread deployment of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is one of our most powerful tools for ending the current pandemic,” said UCSD Health CEO Patty Maysent in a press release. “Adding a vaccination center on the UC San Diego campus allows us to expand outreach and vaccinate more people more quickly, while working within the current tier structure.”
The RIMAC Arena vaccination center will be a walk-through site, open daily from 7am to 7pm. Doses will be administered to eligible UCSD Health patients, as well as eligible UCSD employees and community members. Vaccinations are by invitation only through the MyUCSDChart application and an online appointment scheduling process. You can find more information about UCSD patient eligibility here, and more information about state guidelines here.
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