Fully vaccinated San Diegans now account for more than 80% of the County’s population eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the County Health and Human Services Agency, a total of 2,242,203 of the 2,802,581 San Diego residents are fully vaccinated, and 89.2%, or more than 2.5 million, of San Diegans 12 or older have received at least one shot, putting the county among the most vaccinated counties in the nation.
“San Diegans have done a great job getting vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Seema Shah, M.D., medical director for HHSA’s Epidemiology and Immunization Services branch, according to CountyNewsNetwork. “However, we should not get complacent. The COVID-19 pandemic is not over and those who are immunocompromised, ineligible or otherwise vulnerable need our collective protection. Eligible residents should continue getting vaccinated and get their booster shot when it’s their turn.”
This comes as the County Health and Human Services reports a higher-than-average number of influenza cases have been reported in the region. The prior five-year average was 128 cases to date, with last year reaching an extreme low of 6 cases, mainly due to COVID-19 restrictions still being in place. County health officials are urging San Diegans to get their flu vaccine before influenza activity increases throughout the region.