All 3,500 appointments for Wednesday’s, Feb. 3, super-site vaccination event were filled in less than 20 minutes, demonstrating a considerable demand for the vaccine, although doses remain in short supply.
Once inside the speedway property, those with appointments were serviced quickly at the event organized by San Bernardino County. A long line developed heading into the speedway, but county officials worked with the California Highway Patrol to move the traffic into vacant lots within the speedway to alleviate the line. The county kept the site open for as long as it took to serve everyone who arrived with an appointment.
“While we are unable to accommodate everyone who would like to be vaccinated, establishing this large, centrally located site represents an important milestone in our battle against the coronavirus,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “As soon as the state provides us with more doses, we can activate this super site again and open additional vaccination sites throughout the county, including mobile vaccination teams.”
The county will conduct more super-site events and stand up additional neighborhood vaccination clinics when supplies from the state become larger and more reliable. A list of all vaccine providers, along with links for setting an online appointment, can be found at sbcovid19.com/vaccine/locations/. Individuals having trouble with online registration can call the county’s information hotline at (909) 387-3911 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Residents who received an initial dose at Tuesday’s Auto Club Speedway event were able to immediately schedule an appointment to receive their second dose at a follow-up speedway event March 2.