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The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is encouraging San Diego residents to stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccine doses ahead of the upcoming winter months.

“Covid-19 vaccines and boosters are our best protection against the virus, and I encourage anyone who is eligible for a booster to get one,” said Wilma J. Wooten, MD, MPH, Public Health Officer of the county “Although the numbers of COVID-19 are trending down, the virus remains active and infectious in our community and we anticipate more cases in the coming months as people move activities indoors.”

To date, nearly 1.45 million San Diegans have received a regular booster since they became available. The county has administered more than 400 bivalent boosters since limited supplies began arriving earlier this month, while the total from all providers has topped 34,000.

The new bivalent enhancers were developed to generate an immune response from the original COVID-19 virus as well as the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants. Omicron variants are still causing the majority of new COVID-19 infections in the region.

Pfizer/BioNTech Bivalent Booster is available for people 12 years of age and older. Moderna’s bivalent boosters are licensed for people 18 and older, but are not currently available in the region as the county is awaiting additional vaccine allocations from the state.

Bivalent boosters have not yet been approved for children under 12 years of age. Young people in this age group can be boosted with the older version of Pfizer’s monovalent vaccine.

San Diegans must be fully vaccinated with the primary series of one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines before receiving a bivalent booster, meaning they must have received the two-dose primary series from Pfizer, Moderna, or Relatively new Novavax. All of these vaccines remain widely available. Those who received at least one shot of the Janssen vaccine, which is no longer widely available, are also eligible for the bivalent booster.

Anyone who wants to receive a bivalent booster must wait at least eight weeks after receiving a previous COVID-19 vaccine until they are eligible. Also, anyone who is fully vaccinated and has recently tested positive for COVID-19 should wait three months after infection to get a bivalent booster.

Data reporting changes

As COVID-19 activity continues to trend downward in the region and to align with the state’s reporting frequency, the County will transition to reporting COVID-19 data once a the week.

Starting next week, local COVID-19 data will be updated on the coronavirus-sd.com page only on Thursdays, instead of twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. The County’s regular COVID-19 news release will continue to be distributed once a week on Thursdays.

Vaccination progress:

  • Received at least one vaccine: More than 3.02 million or 90.4% of San Diego residents six months of age or older are at least partially vaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated: more than 2.67 million or 80.0%.
  • Boosters administered: 1,447,477 or 59% of the 2,455,439 eligible San Diegans.
  • You can find more information about vaccinations at coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine.

Deaths:

  • Nine additional deaths were reported since the last report on September 8, 2022. The total for the region is 5,483.
  • Of the nine additional deaths, five were women and four were men. They died between August 25, 2022 and September 10, 2022; five deaths occurred in the last two weeks.
  • Five of the people who died were 80 or older, three were in their 70s and one was in their 60s.
  • Five were fully vaccinated and four were not.
  • All had underlying medical conditions.

Cases, percentages of cases and tests:

  • 1,251 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the county in the last three days (September 12-14, 2022). The total for the region is now 918,279.
  • 2,840 cases were reported last week (September 8-14) compared to 2,797 infections identified the previous week (September 1-7).
  • San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 residents age 12 and older is 17.59 for fully vaccinated and boosted, 10.51 for fully vaccinated, and 35.77 for San Diego not fully vaccinated.
  • On September 10, 7,176 tests were reported to the County and the percentage of new positive cases was 4.6% (data up to September 10).
  • The percentage of positive cases during 14 days, among the tests reported until September 10, is 5.7%.

More information:

Data updates to County website coronavirus-sd.com it will be published on Mondays and Thursdays around 5 p.m., except holidays.

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