COVID-19 vaccines, boosters strongly recommended for seniors in San Diegan | New

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COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters help prevent serious illness and hospitalizations, especially in people over 50.

However, thousands of San Diegan seniors have yet to receive all recommended doses and boosters.

The County Health and Human Services Agency performed an analysis of local COVID-19 vaccination data and found that as of June 20, 2022:

  • 89,647 San Diegans age 50 and older or 8.42% of the estimated population in that age group were not fully vaccinated.
  • 352,732 residents aged 50 and over (33.1%) were fully vaccinated but did not receive their first booster dose, although 295,990 (83.9%) are eligible.
  • Of the 711,749 San Diegans age 50 and older who received a first booster dose, 71.3% (507,398) missed a second booster.
  • Of the 507,398 people who miss a second booster, 91.9% (466,232) are eligible to receive one, which can be given at least four months after the first.

“Because immunity to the COVID-19 vaccine wanes over time, boosters help give you extra protection against the virus and its strains, both in terms of reducing infection and serious consequences,” said Wilma J. Wooten, MD, MPH, County Public Health Officer. “People over 50 are more susceptible to severe illness and complications from COVID-19. If you are eligible, you should get the recommended boosters as soon as possible to protect yourself and those around you.

Additionally, of all San Diegan residents who are fully vaccinated and eligible for their first booster, 42.7% did not receive one. Currently, 2,384,778 people aged 5 and over are eligible for their first booster.

Anyone 6 months and older can get the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge. Boosters are also available for ages 5 and up. Parental consent is required for all minors eligible for vaccination.

Vaccination progress:

  • Received at least one vaccine: Nearly 2.98 million or 94.6% of San Diegan residents age 5 and older are at least partially vaccinated.
  • Fully Immunized: Over 2.63 million or 83.7%.
  • Boosters administered: 1,366,219 or 57.3% of the 2,384,778 eligible San Diegans.
  • More information on vaccination can be found at coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine.

Deaths:

  • 14 additional deaths have been reported since the last report on June 16. The region’s total is 5,332.
  • Of the 14 additional deaths, eight were male and six were female. They died between January 25 and June 21, 2022; three deaths have occurred in the past two weeks.
  • Nine of those who died were 80 or older, three were in their 60s, one in his 50s and one in his 20s.
  • 12 of the deceased were fully vaccinated and two were not.
  • 13 had underlying medical conditions and one did not.

Cases, case rates, hospitalizations and tests:

  • 3,262 cases of COVID-19 have been reported to the county over the past two days (June 21 and June 22, 2022). The region total is now 822,808.
  • 9,673 cases were reported last week (June 16 to June 22) compared to 9,672 infections identified the previous week (June 9 to June 15).
  • San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 population ages 12 and older is 43.99 for fully vaccinated and boosted people, 26.46 for fully vaccinated people, and 76.42 for unvaccinated San Diegans. fully vaccinated.
  • 9,120 tests were reported to the county on June 18 and the percentage of new positive cases was 13.2% (data through June 18).
  • The rolling 14-day percentage of positive cases, among tests reported through June 18, is 11.2%.

More information:

Data updates on the County coronavirus-sd.com website will be published on Mondays and Thursdays around 5 p.m., excluding public holidays.

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