SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA — The federal authorities introduced Friday it could try and get all delayed COVID-19 vaccines to their designated places by the tip of subsequent week, and San Diego County public well being officers mentioned they had been able to administer these doses as quickly as they arrive as 812 new infections and 34 deaths had been reported within the county.
“We have the mechanism in place to be able to administer all the doses we get in San Diego County,” mentioned Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public well being officer. “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 web site — Petco Park — had been postponed till a while subsequent week, owing to delayed vaccine shipments from the Midwest and East Coast.
The Petco Park vaccine tremendous station is tentatively scheduled to open Sunday, however UC San Diego Health — which partnered with the county to run the positioning in downtown San Diego — mentioned delays may doubtlessly run by means of Monday.
People with appointments this weekend ought to test their emails for updates, UCSD Health suggested. The county’s Health and Human Services Agency mentioned residents who had been scheduled for his or her second dose of the vaccine may also be rescheduled.
Currently, all county COVID-19 vaccination factors of allotting 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 web site delayed appointments every week in the past, when a Moderna vaccine cargo was delayed on Feb. 12. The web site reopened Wednesday, however vaccine appointments had been already disrupted.
The huge winter storm gripping a lot of the nation has frozen provide strains 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 folks 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 acquired, 705,985 have been administered, greater than 5,000 are awaiting processing and 67,000 are but to be administered. A complete of 18.2% of San Diego County’s inhabitants over the age of 16 have acquired no less than one dose and 6.1% are totally inoculated.
The county has 5 vaccine tremendous stations and 15 smaller neighborhood distribution websites.
Friday’s knowledge elevated the variety of COVID-19 infections to 255,802 for the reason that pandemic started, whereas the dying toll elevated to three,169.
In Friday’s knowledge, 19 males and 15 girls died between Dec. 25. and Feb. 18.
It can also be the eighth consecutive day with circumstances under 1,000 and the eleventh of the previous 12 days to fall beneath that metric.
Of 14,822 checks reported Friday, 5% returned optimistic, lowering the 14-day rolling common of optimistic checks to five.1% from Thursday’s 5.2%.
Four neighborhood outbreaks had been reported Friday, two in business settings, one in a daycare/preschool/childcare setting and one in a retail setting. There have been 30 prior to now week.
— City News Service