During the first day of operation of the new Scripps Health vaccination station at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Wednesday, 1,000 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots and 500 influenza vaccines were provided to Scripps patients and employees.
And while appointments at the station have been filled for the rest of this week, there are still appointments available to Scripps patients and employees next week and the following week, on Oct. 14, 15, 18, and 19. Appointments may be made through the MyScripps portal.
“With flu season underway, there’s no better time than now to get immunized against influenza and COVID-19,” Scripps president and CEO Chris Van Gorder said.
Van Gorder and Ghazala Sharieff, M.D., M.B.A., Scripps chief medical officer for acute care, clinical excellence and experience, were at the fairgrounds yesterday to administer the vaccines.
“It’s safe to receive both vaccines at the same time, and Scripps wanted to make getting both vaccines as easy as possible by providing both vaccines at Del Mar,” Dr. Sharieff said. “There is no reason to hold off on protecting yourself as much as you can from these potentially serious and deadly diseases.”
Already, it’s looking like this year’s flu season will be a more typical one rather than the almost non-existent season seen last year during the height of COVID-19 mask-wearing and social distancing.
In fact, a new report from San Diego County this week shows that 167 influenza cases have been recorded so far in the community, well above the prior three-year average of 102 cases at the same time. Last year, only five flu cases had been reported at this point. This week’s figure puts the current flu season more in line with busier seasons recorded in 2017-18 and 2019-2020.