A COVID-19 vaccine site, the North County Coastal Vaccination Super Station, opened on Friday, Feb. 12 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The site is open for both drive-thru and pedestrian vaccination. The vaccine administration is handled by Scripps Health personnel in coordination with the county health department. Appointments are available on the county’s vaccination website at vaccinationsuperstationsd.com. Kudos to newly elected County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer for her key role in locating this vaccine site in Del Mar. This will be a convenient site for all Del Mar residents to get vaccinated as the eligibility criteria expand and more vaccine doses are available. The sooner the better as more transmissible coronavirus variants are spreading, and vaccination will stop the spread if most of us get the vaccine.
We don’t know how many Del Mar residents have concerns that might prevent them from getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but we do know that 1/3 of Americans say they will not take the vaccine (reported in Los Angeles Times Feb. 11th edition). Concerns raised by those unwilling to be vaccinated are lack of efficacy, concern about side effects, distrust of government mandates, and dismissal that COVID-19 is a serious threat to them. Let’s address the concerns in order:
The current estimate is that 80% of us need to get vaccinated to achieve “herd immunity” (the point at which virus transmission cannot be sustained because each exposure has only a 20% chance of resulting in infection) and bring an end to this pandemic. That means that we need to convince the majority of the vaccine skeptics that it is in their interest to get vaccinated. It certainly is in our interest.