Scripps Health, the County of San Diego and the Del Mar Fairgrounds are partnering to open a COVID-19 vaccination super station at the fairgrounds on Friday.
The Scripps Del Mar Fairgrounds Vaccination Super Station, which will be located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., will provide drive-through and walk-through services on an appointment-only basis to anyone eligible to receive a shot under County of San Diego guidelines.
Current plans call for the station to open initially from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Friday, and from 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday and Sunday. Longer hours and more days of operation will be added as more vaccine becomes available. Appointment slots will be posted once they are available on the county’s vaccination website at www.vaccinationsuperstationsd.com.
“Scripps Health is pleased to collaborate with the County and the Del Mar Fairgrounds on what will be a very important communitywide resource and new tool in the battle to control and diminish the COVID-19 pandemic locally,” said Scripps President and CEO Chris Van Gorder. “We are ready to expand beyond the smaller vaccination clinics we’ve been able to offer to Scripps patients over the past few weeks. All we need is a supply of more doses to vaccinate more people.”
Scripps will provide the clinical staff members who will administer the shots, the county will supply the vaccine doses, and the Del Mar Fairgrounds is making a portion of its facilities available to house the operation.
“This super station will be the next major part of our regional vaccination strategy,” said County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer. “Our biggest challenge right now is vaccine supply, but we are preparing this large venue to ensure we are ready to ramp up vaccination distribution as quickly as possible when more doses become available.”
“As an accessible public facility with plenty of space and a team eager to help, it really makes sense for the Del Mar Fairgrounds to serve as a vaccination super station,” said Del Mar Fairgrounds Interim CEO Carlene Moore. “Our staff and board of directors are excited to support the County Department of Public Health, along with their partners at Scripps Health, in their heroic vaccination efforts in the battle against COVID-19.”
Free parking will be available for those using the walk-through option.
Established in 1936, the Del Mar Fairgrounds is a world-class, multi-use, public facility with an emphasis on promoting agriculture, education, entertainment and recreation in a fiscally sound and environmentally conscientious manner for the benefit of all. The 22nd District Agriculture Association manages and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds on behalf of the State of California, and is governed by a nine-member board appointed by the governor. Fairgrounds operations are primarily funded by revenues generated by hosting events, the largest being the annual San Diego County Fair. For more information, visit delmarfairgrounds.com.