More than 2.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in San Diego


A woman slightly winces as she receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego County public health officials have reported 149 new COVID-19 infections and no deaths as case rates continue to decline.

Sunday’s statistics totaled 274,950 infections and the death toll remained at 3,674.

Of the 10,234 test results reported Sunday, 1% returned positive. The 14-day rolling average of positive tests was 1.8%.

Hospitalizations due to the coronavirus increased from 176 on Saturday to 177 on Sunday. Patients in intensive care beds declined from 58 on Saturday to 57 on Sunday. There were 48 staffed, available ICU beds in the county as of Sunday.

More than 2.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been delivered to San Diego County, and 1,271,551 county residents — or 63% of the county’s goal of 75% of its eligible population — have received at least one dose.

The state’s goal is to vaccinate 75% of people 16 and older to achieve so-called herd immunity — equating to around 2.02 million San Diego County residents.

On Sunday, the county reported that a total of 797,590 people in San Diego County — or 39.5% of that goal — are fully vaccinated. The numbers include both county residents and those who only work in the region.

There were five community outbreaks reported Sunday, and 22 over the last seven days with 86 cases associated with the five outbreaks.

Hundreds of thousands of San Diegans are now eligible to receive COVID- 19 vaccines, as the state expanded eligibility to everyone age 16 and older on Thursday. The expansion of eligibility allowed millions of Californians to make appointments for shots, which could stretch already thin supplies. San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher again urged patience from the public as more vaccines will be shipped to the county in coming weeks.

Both Fletcher and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria received their first doses of the vaccine Thursday and encouraged others to follow suit.

“Help us defeat the pandemic,” Gloria wrote on Twitter. “Make a plan to get your shot now.”

People aged 16 and 17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine, because it is the only one approved for people that young.

Appointments can be made here.

Fletcher received his shot from the Veterans Administration, while also noting on Wednesday the VA and Department of Defense would begin including vaccination numbers for the county’s daily statistics — something they had not been doing previously.

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