The San Diego County Well being and Human Providers Company was encouraging households Friday to get their youngsters vaccinated towards COVID-19 to counter inoculation charges which are decrease than the overall inhabitants for kids ages 5-17.
In response to HHSA information, 182,035 or 76% of the 239,401 San Diegans ages 12 by way of 17 have accomplished a main vaccine sequence, whereas 114,748 or 36.9% of the 310,643 youngsters between 5 and 11 years of age have obtained the first vaccine sequence.
Of the 207,723 youngsters 6 months by way of 4 years of age, solely 3,323 or 1.6% are partially vaccinated. That proportion is anticipated to be decrease as a result of COVID-19 vaccines for the age group had been solely just lately beneficial, a county assertion learn.
Comparatively, 83.8% of the general inhabitants eligible for COVID-19 vaccines has accomplished a main vaccine sequence.
“COVID-19 vaccines not solely shield the individuals who get them, but in addition these round them,” mentioned Dr. Wilma Wooten, county public well being officer. “Youngsters aren’t proof against COVID-19 they usually can nonetheless develop critical issues. Dad and mom ought to make sure that their youngsters get all of the beneficial doses of the vaccine.”
With regards to boosters, the numbers are even decrease. A complete of 161,561 San Diegans ages 12 by way of 17 are eligible for a booster, however solely 64,147 or 39.7% have obtained one. Solely 12.2% or 10,365 of native youngsters ages 5 by way of 11 have obtained a booster, though 84,970 now qualify for the additional dose. Compared, 57.3% of two,394,907 eligible San Diegans has obtained a booster. Boosters haven’t been but beneficial for kids 6 months by way of 4 years of age.
“COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters assist to forestall extreme sickness. When you’ve got not gotten all of the beneficial doses of the vaccine, do it now,” Wooten mentioned.
The HHSA reported 2,048 new COVID-19 infections and 5 extra deaths linked to the virus on Thursday, growing the county’s cumulative totals to 834,049 infections and 5,341 deaths.
San Diego County’s case price per 100,000 residents 12 years of age and older is 42.01 for individuals absolutely vaccinated and boosted, 25.06 for absolutely vaccinated individuals and 88.53 for San Diegans who aren’t absolutely vaccinated.
The county solely reviews COVID information on Mondays and Thursdays.
As COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations proceed to extend, leaders of Scripps Well being this week urged warning heading into the Independence Day vacation weekend.
“Numerous individuals can be gathering to have fun this weekend, and we urge them to not let their guard down,” mentioned Chris Van Gorder, Scripps Well being president and CEO. “There’s little question that COVID-19 continues to be very a lot with us. We’ve seen the affect develop since our final vacation, Memorial Day, and we definitely don’t need to see that pattern proceed after July 4.”
Van Gorder mentioned Scripps’ price of sufferers testing constructive for COVID- 19 elevated by 51% for the 14-day interval ending June 29, with 1,733 constructive assessments, in comparison with the 14-day interval ending Might 29 with 1,141 constructive assessments. All through Scripps’ health-care system, 69% of its constructive COVID-19 assessments are breakthrough instances, of which 72% of sufferers had been boosted as soon as and 16% had been boosted twice. The well being system recorded eight COVID-related deaths this month, bringing its complete to 1,335 because the pandemic started.
Scripps urged individuals to proceed adhering to security measures resembling selecting out of doors settings the place potential and carrying a masks at giant indoor gatherings, washing fingers recurrently and never attending occasions if feeling sick.
–Metropolis Information Service