80% of eligible county residents are now fully immunized



SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A total of 2,242,203 San Diego residents, 80% of those eligible, are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency said on Wednesday, placing San Diego among the most vaccinated counties in the state and nation.

“San Diegans has done a great job getting vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Dr Seema Shah, medical director of the Epidemiology and Immunization Services branch of the HHSA. “However, we shouldn’t get complacent. The COVID-19 pandemic is not over, and people who are immunocompromised, ineligible or otherwise vulnerable need our collective protection.

“Eligible residents should continue to be vaccinated and be reminded when it is their turn,” Shah said.

More than 2.5 million people, or 89.2% of San Diego aged 12 and over, are partially immunized.

More than 400 locations across the county are offering COVID-19 vaccinations at no cost. They include doctor’s offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics, and county public health centers.

“Local health care providers and many other county partners have gone to great lengths to encourage San Diego residents to get vaccinated and to make the vaccine available to anyone who wants it,” Shah said.

Vaccine stocks remain plentiful, county officials said, both for those looking for initial doses and boosters for those who have received the Pfizer vaccine and meet the criteria. A full list of booster locations and eligibility details can be found at coronavirus-sd.com.

The county reported 333 new cases of COVID-19 and four new virus-related deaths on Wednesday, bringing the county’s cumulative total to 362,618 cases and 4,141 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

A total of 37 new deaths have been reported since the last report on October 6, with 27 men and 10 women who died between August 22 and October 10. Seven were 80 or older, nine were 70, eight were in their sixties, six in their fifties, five in their forties and two in their thirties. Six of the people who died were fully vaccinated and 31 were not fully vaccinated. Thirty-five had underlying health issues, one did not and one has a pending medical history.

The number of COVID patients in county hospitals remained at 270, with 85 of those patients in intensive care, an increase from 78 the day before, according to the latest state figures.

In the past 30 days, there have been 263 hospitalizations related to COVID-19; 258 people were not fully vaccinated and five were fully vaccinated.

San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 population is 15.4 overall, 8.3 for those fully vaccinated, and 25.8 for those not fully vaccinated.

A total of 15,149 tests were reported to the county on Wednesday, and the percentage of new positive cases was 2.2%.

A total of 21 new community outbreaks have been confirmed in the past seven days: 11 in elementary schools, four in daycares / preschools / daycares, two in businesses, two in restaurants / bars, one in a government setting and one in a hotel / resort / spa setting.

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