San Diego County’s fourth vaccination super station opened Tuesday in East County.
The site, opened in partnership with Sharp HealthCare, is located at Grossmont Center in La Mesa. It will be open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at what was formerly the mall’s Charlotte Russe store.
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"I want to make sure that I don't infect anybody else, especially the community and I want to feel better," local resident, Bruce Lisman, told NBC 7.
Another San Diegan said she and her husband had visited the county's website periodically in hopes of being able to schedule an appointment. She said she was relieved when they were able to confirm their appointment because of previous struggles with her health.
"I've had cancer and cancer treatment and everything, and I just don't want to be vulnerable to this if I can help it," said Eileen Zuniga, who was second in line for the vaccine at the La Mesa location.
Health care workers, long-term facility workers and residents and individuals ages 65 or older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in San Diego County. Appointments must be made online and walk-ins will not be accepted at any vaccine site, including the new one in La Mesa.
Residents have expressed their frustrations with the online system and have said it can be difficult to secure an appointment. The county has responded that it is aware of such issues and has been working to resolve them.
“Other than the scheduling part, which has been difficult, once they do visit the site, we really hear nothing but very positive feedback in terms of how efficient we move through the process and people are just excited to be vaccinated,” said Scott Evans, Senior Vice President and CEO of Sharp Grossmont Hospital.
To schedule an appointment for a vaccine from the La Mesa site, click here.