A new COVID-19 vaccine will be available for adults in San Diego | New

Adults in San Diego County seeking a more traditional COVID-19 vaccine will soon be able to get Novavax, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

Novavax, which is currently in use around the world, will be available in the region as early as this weekend, county health officials said.

The vaccine was developed using protein-based technology, which the US Food and Drug Administration has used for decades to treat diseases such as hepatitis B, shingles and human papillomavirus. human. The vaccine presents a specific part of the virus against which the body generates immunity.

Novavax has been authorized as a primary series of two doses, given three to eight weeks apart, to people aged 18 years and over. Clinical trials have shown the vaccine to be 90% effective in preventing mild, moderate and severe COVID-19.

“This is yet another vaccine that we need to slow the spread of COVID-19, especially now that we are seeing an increase in cases and hospitalizations,” said Cameron Kaiser, MD, MPH, deputy county public health director. . “San Diegans now has another safe choice to prevent serious complications from COVID. »

Clinical trials have shown that Novavax does not cause serious side effects. Reactions were mild and similar to those rare effects seen with COVID-19 vaccines using mRNA technology, such as pain, tenderness, redness and swelling at the injection site.

Novavax should be available at local health care providers, retail pharmacies, community clinics and county public health centers, and community immunization events.

Everyone 6 months and older can get Free COVID-19 vaccines. For those who have received an mRNA vaccine, boosters are available for those ages 5 and older. Parental consent is required for all minors eligible for vaccination.

Vaccination progress:

  • Received at least one vaccine: More than 3.0 million or 89.9% of San Diegan residents six months and older are at least partially vaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated: More than 2.65 million or 79.3%.
  • Boosters administered: 1,416,251 or 58.3% of 2,430,747 eligible San Diegans.
  • More information on vaccination can be found at coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine.

Deaths:

  • 22 additional deaths have been reported since the last report on July 21. The region’s total is 5,409.
  • Of the 22 additional deaths, 14 were female and eight were male. They died between January 24 and July 20, 2022; 15 deaths have occurred in the past two weeks.
  • 12 of those who died were 80 or older, four were in their 60s, one in their 60s, three in their 50s, one in their 40s and one in their 30s.
  • 14 were fully vaccinated and eight were not.
  • 20 had underlying medical conditions, one did not, and one had an pending medical history.

Cases, case rates and tests:

  • 5,092 cases of COVID-19 have been reported to the county in the past three days (July 25 to July 27, 2022). The region’s total is now 881,729.
  • 11,362 cases were reported last week (July 21 to July 27) compared to 12,528 infections identified the previous week (July 14 to July 20).
  • San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 population ages 12 and older is 54.35 for fully vaccinated and boosted people, 32.53 for fully vaccinated people, and 93.86 for unvaccinated San Diegans. fully vaccinated.
  • 7,040 tests were reported to the county on July 23, and the percentage of new positive cases was 14.1% (data through July 23).
  • The rolling 14-day percentage of positive cases, among tests reported through July 23, is 15.7%.

More information:

Data updates on the County coronavirus-sd.com website will be published on Mondays and Thursdays around 5 p.m., excluding public holidays.

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