San Diego County reported 744 new COVID-19 infections and five additional deaths Saturday when pharmacies and clinics began giving booster shots of 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, and 129 of those patients are in intensive care.
San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 residents is 13.0 for fully vaccinated individuals and 47.3 for those who are not fully vaccinated.
Both of them CVS and Walmart began giving boosters from Pfizer on Friday to adults 65 and older who completed their initial series of vaccines at least six months ago. Some people with significant medical conditions and who work in high-risk areas are also eligible.
The county hopes to soon begin offering booster shots at its own facilities, and Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said Friday that final approval is expected in the next few days.