The variety of individuals in San Diego County hospitalized with COVID-19 has dropped barely to 235, in line with the newest state knowledge.
Of these sufferers hospitalized as of Friday, 33 have been in intensive care, up by eight from earlier within the week.
In the meantime, new COVID-19 boosters that focus on a number of strains of the virus at the moment are out there in San Diego County, public well being officers introduced.
The brand new bivalent boosters have been developed to generate an immune response from the unique COVID-19 virus, along with the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants, county officers mentioned.
The Pfizer/BioNTech bivalent booster is accessible for individuals ages 12 and older, whereas the Moderna bivalent booster is for these age 18 and older. The bivalent boosters haven’t but been approved for youngsters beneath the age of 12.
Anybody receiving the brand new booster should be totally vaccinated with the two- dose main collection of Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax, or no less than one shot of the Janssen vaccine. Those that obtained a COVID-19 vaccine lower than two months in the past have been suggested to attend earlier than getting the bivalent booster till eight weeks after their final shot.
“These new boosters are secure and efficient at defending individuals towards the Omicron variants, that are at present inflicting nearly all of new infections in our area,” mentioned Cameron Kaiser, county deputy public well being officer. “Provides of the bivalent vaccine will initially be restricted, so we ask anybody who’s planning to get the brand new booster to be affected person.”
To begin, doses will probably be out there at 4 county-operated places:
— South Area Dwell Nicely Heart, 690 Oxford St., Chula Vista, from 10 a.m. to five:30 p.m., which may have 150 doses a day;
— East Public Well being Heart, 367 N. Magnolia Ave, El Cajon, from 8:30 a.m. to three:15 p.m., which may have 60 doses a day;
— Central Area Public Well being Heart, 5202 College Ave, San Diego, from 8:30 a.m. to three:15 p.m., which may have 60 doses a day, and;
— North Inland Public Well being Heart, 649 W. Mission Ave., Escondido, from 9:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., which may have 60 doses a day.
The boosters will probably be offered on a first-come, first-served foundation and are anticipated to be out there within the state’s My Flip system within the close to future.
Preliminary doses will probably be restricted, however one other cargo is anticipated to reach as quickly as Friday afternoon, county officers mentioned.
–Metropolis Information Service