Eligible San Diegans Urged to Join the 540,000 Already Protected with Bivalent COVID-19 Booster  | News

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Greater than 540,000 San Diegans have protected themselves, their household and pals by getting a bivalent COVID-19 booster because it grew to become obtainable in September 2022. County well being officers are urging extra to do the identical as we begin the brand new yr. 

The COVID-19 virus remains to be widespread in our neighborhoods and county. County public well being officers are particularly urging individuals 65 years of age and older―the group most in danger from severe problems, together with dying, of COVID-19―to get a bivalent booster.  

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and California Division of Public Well being a suggest bivalent booster for everybody six months of age and older. 

Quite a few studies have reported that the bivalent booster is simpler in defending individuals from severe problems from COVID-19, together with the latest Omicron variants that now make up 4 of each 10 instances within the U.S.  

“It’s crucial that San Diegans not let their guards down and proceed to guard themselves by getting vaccinated in the event that they haven’t been already,” mentioned County Public Well being Officer Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H. “The virus remains to be circulating within the area. We’re nonetheless seeing excessive percentages of optimistic COVID-19 checks and detecting excessive ranges of the virus in wastewater. Vaccinations, together with bivalent boosters, may also help defend you from getting severely ailing and even dying.”

The County Well being and Human Providers Company stories 519,371 San Diegans selected to get the bivalent booster within the 4 months from after they had been launched September via the top of 2022. That included 126,772 in September, 178,256 in October, 123,450 in November and 90,893 in December. So far in January, 28,747 have obtained the bivalent booster. 

COVID-19 vaccines, together with bivalent boosters, and flu vaccines are extensively obtainable at native medical suppliers and pharmacies. The County continues to supply vaccinations all through the area at its vaccination websites. Examine on-line for the times and hours websites shall be open.   

 Preventive Measures   

 Along with vaccination and staying dwelling when ailing, San Diegans can take different precautions to guard themselves towards COVID-19, in addition to seasonal sicknesses just like the flu. These measures embrace:   

  • Cleansing arms completely and infrequently.   
  • Staying away from sick individuals.   
  • Sporting a facial masking, particularly in crowded indoor settings.   
  • Often cleansing generally touched surfaces.  
  • Conducting dwelling testing when uncovered or when ailing. The federal authorities is offering free at-home COVID-19 checks obtainable once more via the winter for a restricted time. Households can order one pack of 4 free checks via the U.S. Postal Service.  For extra details about testing, go to the County of San Diego COVID-19 testing webpage. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Progress 

  • Greater than 2.69 million or 80.5% of San Diegans have obtained the first sequence of {one of the} authorised COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Bivalent boosters administered: 548,143 or 22.0% of two,497,222 eligible San Diegans.
  • Extra vaccination info may be discovered at coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine.

The County Well being and Human Providers Company now publishes the Respiratory Virus Surveillance Report weekly. The report is revealed every Thursday and tracks key respiratory sickness indicators.

COVID-19 Information 

For the week ending Jan. 14, 2023, the report exhibits:

  • 2,325 COVID-19 instances had been reported to the County previously seven days. The area’s whole is now 972,887.
  • The two,325 instances reported previously week had been decrease in comparison with the three,370 infections recognized the earlier week.
  • 22 further deaths had been reported within the week ending Jan. 14, 2023. The area’s whole is 5,703.
  • Twenty-one of the individuals who died had been 65 or older.
  • Fourteen of the individuals had been vaccinated and eight had been unvaccinated or had not accomplished the first vaccine sequence.
  • Twenty-two had underlying medical situations.

Influenza Information 

For the week ending Jan. 14, 2023, the report exhibits the next:

  • 4 further flu deaths; the season’s whole is now 37.
  • All 4 had underlying medical situations.
  • Emergency division visits for influenza-like sickness: 3% of all visits (in contrast with 4% the earlier week).
  • Lab-confirmed influenza instances for the week: 156 (in comparison with 342 the earlier week).
  • Complete lab-confirmed instances thus far: 20,542 (in comparison with 1,449 on the similar time final season and a 5,223 prior 5-year common throughout the identical week).

Extra Data

Information updates to the County’s coronavirus-sd.com web site shall be revealed Thursdays round 5 p.m., except holidays. Extra details about the flu is obtainable on the County’s influenza web site.

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