Nathan Fletcher Prepares for Possibility of Booster Shots As County Reports COVID Update

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego County reported 744 new COVID-19 infections and five additional deaths Saturday as a county official prepared for the possibility of booster shots.

“The FDA and CDC approval of the Pfizer booster vaccine for certain groups of people is another step in our fight against COVID,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Nathan Fletcher. “Once we receive final approval and guidance from the Western States Scientific Safety Review Task Force and the California Department of Public Health, our region will be well prepared to provide booster vaccines from Pfizer to those who are eligible.

“We look forward to this final approval in the next few days, and after that, eligible San Diego residents should contact their local healthcare provider, pharmacy, or our county sponsored sites to receive the Pfizer booster.” Fletcher continued. “We want to emphasize, the booster is only for those groups outlined in the pending final approval and will only be available to those who initially received the Pfizer vaccine.”

Saturday’s data brought the county’s cumulative totals to 353,904 cases and 4,051 deaths since the pandemic began.

The number of COVID patients in county hospitals decreased from 418 on Friday to 393 on Saturday, with 129 of those patients in intensive care, according to state figures.

A total of 27,290 new tests were registered on Friday and the percentage of positive cases in the last seven days was 3.7%. The county does not update lab test numbers on weekends.

A total of 37 new outbreaks were confirmed in the community in the last seven days: 18 in elementary school settings, four in business settings, four in restaurants / bars, three in daycare / preschool / daycare, two in government settings, one in a college / university setting, one in a construction setting, one in a grocery setting, one in a healthcare setting, one in a restaurant, and one in a retail setting.

San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 residents is 27.6 overall, 13.0 for fully vaccinated individuals, and 47.3 for San Diego residents who are not fully vaccinated.

Free COVID-19 vaccines are widely available. They can be found at medical providers, pharmacies, community clinics, and county public health centers for people who do not have a medical provider.

Nearly 4.72 million doses of vaccines have been administered in San Diego County, and about 2.5 million, or 87.7% of eligible county residents, have received at least one dose. Fully vaccinated county residents now number more than 2.2 million, or about 78.2% of the county’s eligible population.

A list of locations and more information is available at coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine.

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