Public health officials on Saturday expanded the category of those eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccination at San Diego County sites to all residents aged 65 and older.
“As I indicated a few weeks ago, the county anticipated expanding eligibility to individuals 65 years of age and older the week of Jan. 25 as part of the continued focus on those at the greatest risk,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer.
“With a number of health care providers now vaccinating in the age group, and the UC San Diego Health Super Station having a surplus of appointments, the decision was made this afternoon,” she said.
In addition to that site at Petco Park, the county has opened a second super station at the old Sears building in Chula Vista.
Appointments are still required and vaccinations are subject to availability based on supply, Wooten said. The expanded eligibility applies to all sites providing the county vaccine.
More information about the county’s vaccination program can be seen and reservations made at vaccinationsuperstationsd.com.
Only health care workers and those 65 and older can visit vaccination sites, Wooten said. Residents are encouraged to first contact their doctor or health care provider to request the vaccine, but if none is available, they should make an appointment for a county site.
Appointments are required; walk-ups and drive-ups without appointments will be turned away.
Do not schedule an appointment if you have COVID-19 or are sick, Wooten said.
City News Service contributed to this article.