SAN DIEGO, CA — San Diego County reported 517 new circumstances of COVID-19 and two extra deaths as UC San Diego Health officers stated the Petco Park COVID-19 vaccine tremendous station can be closed Monday due to delayed vaccine shipments.
Appointments for second doses on Feb. 19-22 have been canceled and can be routinely rescheduled, the hospital stated. People who had appointments ought to verify the MyUCSDChart web site for updates.
Sunday’s knowledge elevated the variety of COVID-19 infections to 257,030 because the pandemic started, whereas the dying toll elevated to three,190.
It was additionally the tenth consecutive day with circumstances under 1,000.
Of 18,194 checks reported Saturday, 4% returned constructive.
Three group outbreaks have been reported Saturday, with 26 reported previously week and 102 circumstances related to these outbreaks.
The federal authorities introduced it might try and get all delayed COVID-19 vaccines to their designated places by the top of subsequent week, and San Diego County public well being officers stated they have been able to administer these doses as quickly as they arrive.
(*2*) Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public well being officer, stated Friday. “In the meantime, we’re asking San Diegans to be patient. As the delayed doses arrive, we will administer them to everyone who has an appointment and release new time slots.”
As many as a number of hundred vaccination appointments scheduled for Friday and Saturday on the county’s largest vaccine distribution website — Petco Park — have been postponed till a while subsequent week, owing to delayed vaccine shipments from the Midwest and East Coast.
The county’s Health and Human Services Agency stated residents who have been scheduled for his or her second dose of the vaccine will even be rescheduled.
Currently, all county COVID-19 vaccination factors of meting out and the North County Super Station in San Marcos are solely providing appointments for second doses. Appointments for first doses at these websites are being rescheduled into subsequent week.
The Sharp HealthCare vaccination tremendous station websites at Chula Vista Center and Grossmont Center are nonetheless providing first and second dose appointments with Pfizer vaccine.
The Petco Park website delayed appointments per week in the past, when a Moderna vaccine cargo was delayed on Feb. 12. The website reopened Wednesday, however vaccine appointments have been already disrupted.
The large winter storm gripping a lot of the nation has frozen provide traces for the vaccines. Moderna produces the majority of its vaccines in Massachusetts, whereas Pfizer makes its in Michigan. Sub-freezing temperatures throughout a lot of the United States have delayed shipments of the vials across the nation.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has suggested that individuals can wait as much as 42 days between doses and nonetheless obtain most immunity.
As of Friday, of the 779,000 vaccine doses the county has obtained, 705,985 have been administered, greater than 5,000 are awaiting processing and 67,000 are but to be administered. A complete of 18.5% of San Diego County’s inhabitants over the age of 16 have obtained not less than one dose and 6.4% are totally inoculated.
The county has 5 vaccine tremendous stations and 15 smaller neighborhood distribution websites.
—City News Service