San Diego County reported 517 new instances of COVID-19 and two extra deaths as UC San Diego Health officers mentioned the Petco Park COVID-19 vaccine tremendous station might be closed Monday due to delayed vaccine shipments. Appointments for second doses on Feb. 19-22 had been canceled and might be robotically rescheduled, the hospital mentioned. 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 for the reason that pandemic started, whereas the dying toll elevated to three,190. It was additionally the tenth consecutive day with instances under 1,000. Of 18,194 checks reported Saturday, 4% returned optimistic.
Three group outbreaks had been reported Saturday, with 26 reported up to now week and 102 instances related to these outbreaks.
The federal authorities introduced it could try to get all delayed COVID-19 vaccines to their designated areas by the top 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.
“We have the mechanism in place to be able to administer all the doses we get in San Diego County,” Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public well being officer, mentioned 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 — had been postponed till a while subsequent week, resulting from delayed vaccine shipments from the Midwest and East Coast.
The county’s Health and Human Services Agency mentioned residents who had been scheduled for his or her second dose of the vaccine may even be rescheduled.
Currently, all county COVID-19 vaccination factors of dishing 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 every week in the past, when a Moderna vaccine cargo was delayed on Feb. 12. The website reopened Wednesday, however vaccine appointments had 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 at the very least one dose and 6.4% are totally inoculated.
The county has 5 vaccine tremendous stations and 15 smaller neighborhood distribution websites.