COVID-19 boosters strongly encouraged for all eligible San Diegans | News
COVID-19 boosters strongly encouraged for all eligible San Diegans |  News

COVID-19 boosters strongly encouraged for all eligible San Diegans | News

With masks coming from many public places indoors for fully vaccinated people, county health officials are urging all eligible San Diegans to get all the recommended COVID-19 doses, including the extra dose and booster shots.

Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that COVID-19 vaccine boosters remain effective in preventing hospitalizations and very effective in preventing serious illness.

According to the County Health and Human Services Agency, 1,616 hospital admissions were reported during the 30-day period between January 4, 2022 and February 2, 2022. Of those, 201 (12.4%) ended up being San Diegans, who were boosted in Hospital.

“Additional COVID-19 vaccine doses and boosters offer protection against the Omicron variant, prevent serious illness in most people, and keep people out of the hospital,” said Wilma J. Wooten, MD, MPH, county officer. “San Diegans should receive all of the recommended vaccine doses as soon as they are eligible.”

An extra shot is recommended for people ages 5 and up moderate and highly immune compromised. COVID-19 vaccine boosters are available to fully vaccinated individuals aged 12 years and older.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends an extra dose moderate and highly immune compromised individuals three months after the primary dose. For boosters, the CDC recommends that people get a Pfizer or Moderna booster shot five months after their primary series. A Johnson & Johnson booster is recommended two months after the first dose.

Pfizer boosters are approved for anyone 12 years and older. Modern and Johnson & Johnson boosters are only available for adults 18 years and older.

An additional dose for immunocompromised individuals is recommended to be given 28 days after the second dose – Pfizer is available to everyone aged 5 and up and Moderna to adults only 18 years and older. Individuals in this category are also eligible for a booster dose 2 or 3 months after their last primary dose, depending on the type of vaccine they initially received.

Locally, a total of 1,131,912 or 53.7% of the 2,107,394 San Diegans fully vaccinated have received a booster. That means 975,482 is going to a booster.

Where COVID-19 vaccines are available

The region has plenty of COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses. The county has more than 400 vaccination sites, including pharmacies, doctors, clinics and county sites. You can also make an appointment or find a place near you by calling (833) 422-4255 or visiting My turn or sites.

Vaccination progress:

  • Doses administered: More than 6.78 million.
  • Received at least one shot: Over 2.90 million or 92.3% of San Diegans aged 5 and older are at least partially vaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated: More than 2.55 million or 81.1%.
  • Boosters administered: 1,131,912 or 53.7% of 2,107,934 eligible San Diegans.
  • Further information on vaccination can be found at

Deaths: Deaths:

  • 93 new deaths have been reported since the last report on February 9, 2022. The region’s total is 4,947.
  • 54 men and 39 women died between 30 December 2021 and 14 February 2022.
  • 37 were 80 years or older, 26 were in their 70s, 15 were in their 60s, nine were in their 50s, four were in their 40s, one was in their 30s and one was in their 20s.
  • 27 of the people who died were fully vaccinated and 66 were not fully vaccinated.
  • 86 had underlying medical conditions, one did not, and six had a pending medical history.

Cases, hospitalizations, case rates and tests:

  • 970 COVID-19 cases were reported to the county on 15 February 2022. The total of the region is now 728,287.
  • 9,073 cases were reported in the most recent week (February 9 to February 15) compared to 16,257 infections identified the previous week (February 2 to February 8).
  • During the 30-day period between January 4, 2021 and February 2, 2022, there were 1,616 COVID-19 admissions; 904 individuals were not fully vaccinated, 511 were fully vaccinated and 201 were fully vaccinated and boosted.
  • San Diego County’s case per. 100,000 residents is 73.4 for fully vaccinated and boosted individuals, 106.1 for fully vaccinated individuals and 189.5 for non-fully vaccinated San Diegans.
  • 9,386 tests were reported to the county on February 13, 2022, and the percentage of new positive cases was 8.4%.
  • The 14-day rolling percentage of positive cases among tests reported through February 13, 2022 is 9.5%.

Outbreaks in the Community environment:

  • 57 new social outbreaks were confirmed within the last seven days (9 February 2022 to 15 February 2022): 24 in a TK-12th primary school environment, 14 in day care / preschool / child care environments, six emergency care environments, two in health environments, two in faith-based environments, two in public environments, two in retail environments, one in college / university environments, one in distribution warehouse, one in community-based organization, one in occupational context and one in an adult day care.
  • The outbreak of community outbreak is more than seven in a 7-day period.

More information:

Data updates for County website published Monday to Friday around noon. 17.00 with the exception of public holidays.

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