San Diego County Not Ready for 65+ COVID-19 Vaccine Phase, Sets Vaccination Goals


San Diego (KGTV) – San Diego County will prioritize vaccination of area health care workers ahead of the state’s residents 65 and older, which qualifies the state’s senior people for the vaccine.

Before Wednesday, any 75 or more people in California will become eligible in Phase 1B. On Wednesday, the state announced that would drop to 65, however, San Diego County leaders said the county was still trying to vaccinate everyone in Phase 1A, including health care workers and workers.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Nathan Fletcher said the county still needed to build a large-scale distribution system and sufficient people capable of operating the vaccines. There are plans to add super vaccination sites in South Bay, North County and East County.

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“The vaccines we are aware of have arrived in San Diego County, it is north of 200,000 … but the number of San Diggons that are in Tier 1A is 620,000. It takes two doses for any . Those people had to be fully vaccinated. And so we were starting the process of getting through Tier 1A with health care workers and we had a long way to go, “Fletcher said. “There are about half a million San Dingans who are 65 and older. If you combine those two categories together, you can see that there are over a million people who are being told that they are now eligible for the vaccine There are no counties in California available to give them. “

Fletcher said county-run vaccination sites will continue to prioritize vaccination to health care workers. He said that the health care systems that carry the vaccine would have the capacity to vaccinate 65 more if they had adequate doses.

Scripps Health, Sharp Healthcare, and Kaiser all said they are still working on qualified health workers in Phase 1A. Scripps Health released a statement, stating that, none of the San Diego hospitals have been given vaccines to distribute to patients and discouraged patients from immediately calling healthcare providers for their vaccines:

“Scripps Health is aware that California officials allow residents 65 and older to qualify for COVID-19 vaccination. However, no hospital in San Diego was vaccinated at this time Is that they can start delivering to their patients, and we are waiting. To know when, what to expect from the government. Scripps asks that our patients wait to hear from us, and we will give you the full Kindly promise to keep you informed. At this point, please don’t call your Scripps doctor’s office because they don’t know when it will happen. Vaccines will be available. “

Kaiser Permanente issued a similar statement, stating that the hospital system is currently offering only vaccines in Phase 1A:

“We are encouraged by the announcement that individuals 65 and older are now in the next group eligible to begin receiving vaccines. Currently, according to state guidelines, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Phase 1A Is offering vaccines by appointment to: Patient-facing care. Workers who are at high risk of exposure to COVID-19 patients or employees of long-term care facilities: nurses, physicians, technicians, Medical assistants, dentists, pharmacists, emergency medical technicians and non-clinical workers such as food services, environmental services, and administrative staff who can come in contact with COVID-19 patients. “

Doctor Christian b. Ramer, head of population health at the Family Health Center San Diego, is also part of a group helping San Diego County determine the logistics of the vaccine rollout.

Ramers said that once it is time to move to Phase 1B, the decline in age from 75 to 65 will have a major impact on the county because of how many more people are now eligible. He said that in San Diego County, there are about 10,000,000 people in County5 and older, and about half a million people 65 and older.

This increase in eligible people may not be the best, as now a healthy 65-year-old man with health issues is eligible at the same time as an 80-year-old.

“If you open up to a larger pool, it reduces the effect of giving it to those who have the highest risk of dying,” he said.

Despite a slower pace than the desired rollout, San Diego County aims to have 250,000 vaccinations by the end of the month.

According to Fletcher, there are approximately 2.7 million San Dingans, who are 16 years of age and capable of receiving current COVID-19 vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California’s Department of Public Health have set targets for each county to reach 70% of that group’s vaccinations by July 1, 2021 – or about 1.9 million San Diggons. This would require approximately 3.8 million doses, two for each person.

To hit that target, Fletcher says the county will need to vaccinate 23,434 people per day starting in February at the end of June.

“It all depends on the arrival of the vaccine, something that is completely and completely out of our control,” Fletcher said.

As of Monday, San Diego County has received 241,825 doses, not including private entities that may also have the vaccine. As of Tuesday, a total of 92,305 doses including the first and second doses have been given.

But Fletcher warned that because of reporting the vaccination numbers in the county – by a couple of weeks, the number is too high.

To meet the demand, the county plans to meet this upcoming demand in conjunction with distribution events, sites and teams. This week, a “vaccination super station” near Petco Park was opened by February with the goal of administering 6,000 doses a day.

By February, the county hopes to be able to deliver 18,686 COVID-19 doses daily to eligible recipients through a combination of delivery methods.

Fletcher said there will be a pilot county for San Diego County residents to register for a new state system and be notified when they are eligible for a vaccine. The system is expected to roll out next week.

Ramers said that as more people become eligible, it will be important for residents to stay on top of the latest information. He advises people to know at what stage they become characters and watches the news to see who is who. When it is your turn, there are plenty of resources for the target where to vaccinate.

“The idea is that we want there to be a no-go-wrong door. So if you get information and you can go to the mass vaccination site at Petco Park, go ahead and do it. It’s fine. If you’re in. Are. There are vaccines ready to be given to you in your own doctor’s and your own doctors’ offices, go ahead and do it, “said Ramers.

Ramer said that hospital staff are already thin due to caring for and testing coronovirus patients, so volunteers are in great need to help with the vaccine. Volunteers, dentists, nurses, paramedics and EMTs are asked to help give vaccines.

On Wednesday, San Diego County reported 3,261 new COVID-19 infections and 54 additional deaths, leading to 201,580 cases and 1,952 deaths.

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