San Diego County residents will be capable to get the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as this weekend, the county Well being and Human Companies Company introduced Friday.
Novavax, in use in different nations, is a extra “conventional” vaccine, developed utilizing protein-based know-how, which the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration has been utilizing for many years to deal with illnesses similar to hepatitis B, shingles, and human papillomavirus. The vaccine presents a selected portion of the virus that the physique generates immunity towards.
Novavax has been approved as a two-dose major collection, given three to eight weeks aside, to folks ages 18 and older. Scientific trials confirmed that the vaccine is 90% efficient at stopping gentle, average, and extreme COVID-19.
“That is yet one more vaccine we’ve to sluggish the unfold of COVID-19, particularly now that we’re seeing a rise in instances and hospitalizations,” mentioned Dr. Cameron Kaiser, county deputy public well being officer. “San Diegans now have one other protected selection to stop severe problems from COVID.”
In line with the HHSA, scientific trials confirmed that Novavax doesn’t trigger extreme negative effects. Reactions had been gentle and like these uncommon results seen from COVID-19 vaccines utilizing the mRNA know-how, similar to ache, tenderness, redness, and swelling on the injection web site.
Novavax is predicted to be accessible at native healthcare suppliers, retail pharmacies, neighborhood clinics County public well being facilities, and neighborhood vaccination occasions.
The variety of folks hospitalized with a coronavirus an infection in San Diego County elevated by 13 to 450, however even that quantity has dropped by 15 since final week, in keeping with the information launched by the state Thursday.
As just lately as Monday, 465 folks within the county had been hospitalized with COVID-19 — essentially the most since late February.
ICU sufferers with COVID as of Thursday decreased by one to 47. There have been three fewer hospital beds accessible Thursday, totaling 221.
The county Well being and Human Companies Company reported 1,678 new infections and 10 deaths Thursday, growing the county’s cumulative totals to 881,729 instances and 5,409 deaths.
San Diego County’s case charge per 100,000 residents 12 years of age and older is 54.35 for folks absolutely vaccinated and boosted, 32.53 for absolutely vaccinated folks, and 93.86 for not absolutely vaccinated San Diegans.
In line with the county’s Well being and Human Companies Company, lab-confirmed coronavirus instances stay close to 10,000 per week, a quantity that doesn’t embody at-home exams. The HHSA additionally reported that it has additionally seen a rise in re-infections — San Diegans who’ve examined optimistic for COVID-19 a number of occasions all through the pandemic. Prior an infection doesn’t essentially forestall re-infection with a few of the newer virus variants, in keeping with nationwide knowledge.
Greater than 3 million or 89.9% of San Diegans age 6 months and older are at the least partially vaccinated. Greater than 2.65 million or 79.3% are absolutely vaccinated. A complete of 1,416,251 or 58% of two,430,747 eligible San Diegans have acquired a booster.
–Metropolis Information Service