San Diego County announced Wednesday that COVID-19 vaccines will open on Saturday, February 27 for people who work in emergency services, child care and education, and food and agriculture (including grocery stores).
Currently, long-term care facility health care staff, staff and residents, and people age 65 and older, are eligible to receive vaccinations.
The County decided to open vaccines to more people in Phase 1B, Tier 1 as vaccine supplies increase and further progress is made in vaccinating currently eligible individuals.
Three agencies will take the lead in vaccinating some of the new eligible groups.
The San Diego County Office of Education and California VEBA Schools will schedule appointments exclusively for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through the 12thth grade teachers and staff via vebavaccinates.com. The priority will be schools open and planned to open, then closed, starting with those in the fourth quartile of the California Healthy Places Index (HPI).
“The state asked to reserve 10% of the vaccine supply for education, but San Diego County is going further,” said county public health official Wilma Wooten. “We are setting aside 20% for teachers to go back to schools.”
Scripps Health will host exclusive appointments for the law enforcement community.
For agricultural workers in fields and rural locations, CAL FIRE and Operation Collaboration will take the lead in scheduling remote vaccination events.
All other eligible in these groups can sign up for appointments through vaccinationsuperstationsd.com. However, patience is recommended as the newly opened level includes half a million people. Not everyone will be able to get an immediate appointment, but more time slots will be opened as more vaccines arrive.
People with underlying conditions can begin signing up for vaccinations on March 15.
To date, more than 828,000 doses of COVID-19 have been delivered to the region with more than 777,000 administered. The difference between the two numbers roughly represents what is expected to be administered in the next seven days and the doses that still need to be entered into the registration system. More than 6,200 doses were administered and documentation is pending.
Among those vaccinated to date are more than 196,000 San Diegans who are fully vaccinated, while 19.6% of the population 16 years and older have received at least one dose.
You can find more information about vaccine distribution at County Vaccination Panel.
- The adjusted case rate calculated by the state of San Diego County is currently 15 cases per 100,000 residents (as of February 23) and the region is at Level Purple or Level 1.
- The percentage of positivity of the test is 5%, which places the county in Level 2 or Red Level. While the testing positivity rate for the county qualifies it for the red level, the state uses the most restrictive metric, in this case the adjusted case rate, and assigns counties to that level. Therefore, the county remains in Level Purple or Level 1.
- The county’s health equity metric, which analyzes the positivity of tests for the areas with the lowest health conditions, is 7.4% and is in the Red Level or Level 2. This metric does not move counties to more restrictive levels, but required to advance to a less restrictive level.
- The California Department of Public Health assesses counties weekly. The next report is scheduled for Tuesday in March. two.
Outbreaks in community settings:
- On February 23, 10 new outbreaks were confirmed in the community in eight businesses, a retail and a Tk-12 elementary school.
- In the last seven days (February 17-23), 29 outbreaks were confirmed in the community.
- The number of outbreaks in the community remains above the trigger of seven or more in seven days.
- An outbreak in a community setting is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in one setting and in people from different households during the past 14 days.
- 14,926 tests were reported to the county on February 23, and the percentage of new positive cases was 4%.
- The 14-day moving average percentage of positive cases is 4.6%. The target is less than 8.0%.
- The 7-day daily test average is 14,609.
Cases, hospitalizations and admissions to ICU:
- 658 cases were reported to the county on February 23. The total for the region is now 258,463.
- 13,072 or 5.1% of all cases have required hospitalization.
- 1,575 or 0.6% of all cases and 12.0% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.
- Twelve new deaths from COVID-19 were reported on February 23. The total for the region is 3,230.
- Eight men and four women died between December 7 and February 21.
- Of the 12 deaths reported on February 23, two people who died were 80 years or older, two were 70 years old, five were 60 years old and three were 50 years old.
- All had underlying medical conditions.
The more detailed data summaries found in County coronavirus-sd.com website they update around 5pm every day.