More than one million COVID-19 doses have been delivered to San Diego County and over 1.04 million doses have been administered. Of those vaccinated to date, more than 342,000, or 12.7%, have been fully immunized. In total, more than 570,000 County residents have received at least one shot of the two-dose vaccine, or 23.9% of those eligible.
“These vaccination numbers are important milestones in our work to achieve herd immunity, but we still have a long way to go,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer, according to County News Center. “San Diegans need to stay focused and continue wearing masks, practice social distancing and washing their hands as we protect our health and that of those around us.”
Recently, San Diegans working in emergency services, child care and education, food handling and agriculture became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, with photo ID and proof of eligibility will be required.
This causes even more strain on the limited amount of vaccines that is readily available. Many residents are finding it difficult to find their second dose of the vaccine, with some waiting in lines upwards of 4 hours. Due to a national shortage of the Moderna vaccine, the Petco Park super station was closed for 5 days last week.
“We are asking anyone trying to make a vaccination appointment for patience,” said Dr. Wooten, “More time slots will continuously be released as additional vaccine doses arrive in the region.”
As of Mar. 2, San Diego County’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is currently 10.8 per 100,000 residents. The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 3.2%, with a target of less than 8.0%. 9,770 tests were reported on March 7, carrying a 3% positivity rate. 307 new cases were reported, bringing the region's total to 263,275, with no new deaths reported.