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

“Covid-19 vaccines and boosters are the best defenses against the virus and I encourage anyone who is eligible to get a booster,” said Wilma J. said Wooten, MD, MPH, county public health officer. “While Covid-19 numbers are currently declining, the virus remains active and contagious in our society and we expect more cases in the coming months as people move indoors.

To date, approximately 1.45 million San Diegans have received regular boosters. Since limited supplies began arriving earlier this month, the county has administered more than 400 bivalent incentives, totaling more than 34,000 from all providers.

The new bivalent stimuli were designed to generate an immune response against the original covid-19 virus, as well as the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants. Omicron variants are still causing the majority of new Covid-19 infections in the region.

Pfizer/BioNTech bivalent booster is available for individuals 12 years of age and older. Moderna bivalent boosters are approved for people age 18 and older, but they are not currently available in the state as the county is awaiting additional vaccine allocations from the state.

Bivalent boosters are not yet approved for children younger than 12 years of age. Youngsters in that age group can be boosted with the previous monovalent Pfizer vaccine.

San Diegans must be fully vaccinated with the main series of one of the approved Covid-19 vaccines before receiving the two-dose first-line Pfizer, Moderna or the relatively new Novavax. All of these vaccines are widely available. Also eligible for the bivalent booster were those who had received at least one Janssen vaccine, which is not widely available now.

Anyone who wants to get a bivalent booster must wait at least eight weeks after receiving a previous Covid-19 vaccine before becoming eligible. Additionally, anyone who has been fully vaccinated and has recently been diagnosed with Covid-19 should wait three months after infection to receive a bilateral boost.

Data reporting changes

As COVID-19 activity declines in the county and to align with the state’s reporting frequency, the county will transition to reporting COVID-19 data once a week.

Starting next week, local Covid-19 information will be updated on coronavirus-sd.com Page on Thursday instead of twice a week on Monday and Thursday. The county’s regular COVID-19 update will continue to be distributed once a week on Thursday.

Vaccination process:

  • Received at least one shot: More than 3.02 million, or 90.4%, of San Diegans six months of age and older were at least partially vaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated: more than 2.67 million or 80.0%.
  • Incentives administered: 1,447,477 or 59% of 2,455,439 eligible San Diegans.
  • More vaccination information is available at coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine.

Deaths:

  • Nine more deaths have been reported since the last report on September 8, 2022. The state’s total is 5,483.
  • Of the nine additional people, five are women and four are men. They died between August 25, 2022 and September 10, 2022. Five people died in the last two weeks.
  • Five of the dead were 80 or older, three in their 70s and one in their 60s.
  • Five were fully vaccinated and four were not.
  • All had chronic medical conditions.

Cases, case rates and trials:

  • 1,251 cases of Covid-19 have been reported to the county in the past three days (September 12 to September 14, 2022). The state total reached 918,279.
  • Last week (September 8 to September 14), 2,840 cases were reported and 2,797 infections were identified in the previous week (September 1 to September 7).
  • San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 residents 12 years and older is 17.59 for fully vaccinated and supplemented persons, 10.51 for fully vaccinated persons and 35.77 for fully unvaccinated San Diegans.
  • As of September 10, 7,176 tests were reported to the county, and the percentage of new positive cases was 4.6% (data as of September 10).
  • The percentage of positive cases in the 14-day pack among the tests registered till September 10 is 5.7 percent.

Additional information:

Data updates to The county’s coronavirus-sd.com website It will be published around 5pm on Mondays and Thursdays, except holidays.

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