San Diego County expands vaccine to 75 and older, 65 and older next week

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Public health officials Monday reported 2,550 new COVID-19 cases but no new deaths in San Diego County, and expanded the category of those eligible to receive a vaccine to those age 75 and older.

“We took this action today to add individuals 75 years of age and older because they are at the greatest risk,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer, who cited a slowing of appointments at COVID-19 vaccination sites as one of the reasons for the move.

“It remains our intention to expand vaccines to those 65 and older the week of January 25, contingent of vaccine availability,” she said.

The new requirements apply to the Petco Park Vaccination Super Station and other county distribution sites. Previously, due to a shortage of vaccines, the county had authorized only healthcare workers to receive the vaccines, despite federal guidance allowing for those 65 and older to receive them.

There are more than 620,000 people in San Diego County who belong in the Tier 1A vaccine distribution group. With the 65-and-older group, health officials are looking at another 500,000, for well over 1 million people eligible for vaccines.

Both available vaccines are not effective without two doses.

The health agency hopes to have 70% of the county’s population over the age of 16 — or 1,882,554 people — vaccinated by the end of June.

Monday marked the 49th consecutive day with more than 1,000 new coronavirus diagnoses. More than 3,000 daily infections have been reported on 18 days, while the 4,000 case mark has been crossed three times.

The county’s cumulative case total increased to 214,337. The number of deaths was unchanged at 2,103.

Because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, the county did not update much of its data — including current hospitalization numbers, community outbreaks and number of tests reported. Updates to those statistics will resume as scheduled on Tuesday.

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