COVID-19 vaccines, boosters highly recommended for older San Diegans | News

Vaccinations and boosters against COVID-19 help prevent serious illness and hospitalization, especially in older adults over the age of 50.

However, thousands of older San Diegans have yet to receive all recommended doses and boosters.

The County Health and Human Services Agency conducted an analysis of local COVID-19 vaccination data and found that as of June 20, 2022:

  • 89,647 San Diegans 50 years of age and older or 8.42% of the estimated population in this age group were not fully vaccinated.
  • 352,732 residents 50 years of age and older (33.1%) were fully vaccinated but did not receive their first booster dose, although 295,990 (83.9%) are eligible.
  • Of the 711,749 San Diegans age 50 and older who received a first booster dose, 71.3% (507,398) missed a second booster.
  • Of the 507,398 people who miss a second booster, 91.9% (466,232) are eligible for a booster, which can be administered at least four months after the first.

“Because immunity to the COVID-19 vaccine wanes over time, boosters help give you additional protection against the virus and its strains, both in terms of reducing infections and serious consequences,” says Wilma J. Wooten, MD , MPH, County Public Health Inspector. “People over the age of 50 are more susceptible to serious illness and complications from COVID-19. If you qualify, get the recommended boosters as soon as possible to protect yourself and those around you.

In addition, 42.7% of all San Diegans who are fully vaccinated and eligible for their first booster have not received one. Currently, there are 2,384,778 people aged 5 and older who are eligible for their first booster.

Anyone 6 months and older can get free COVID-19 vaccines. Boosters are also available for those aged 5 and over. Parental consent is required for all eligible minors to be vaccinated.

Vaccination progress:

  • Received at least one shot: Nearly 2.98 million or 94.6% of San Diegans ages 5 and older have been at least partially vaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated: over 2.63 million or 83.7%.
  • Boosters delivered: 1,366,219 or 57.3% of 2,384,778 eligible San Diegans.
  • More vaccination information can be found at:


  • Since the last report on June 16, 14 additional deaths have been reported. The total in the region is 5,332.
  • Of the 14 additional deaths, eight were men and six women. They died between January 25 and June 21, 2022; three people died in the past two weeks.
  • Nine of the people who died were 80 years of age or older, three were in their sixties, one was in their fifties and one was in their twenties.
  • 12 of the people who died were fully vaccinated and two were not.
  • 13 had underlying medical conditions and one did not.

Cases, Case Rates, Hospitalizations and Tests:

  • In the past two days (June 21 and June 22, 2022), 3,262 COVID-19 cases were reported to the province. The total of the region is now 822,808.
  • In the past week (June 16 to June 22), 9,673 cases were reported, compared to 9,672 infections identified the week before (June 9 to June 15).
  • The San Diego County case rate per 100,000 residents aged 12 years and older is 43.99 for fully vaccinated and boosted people, 26.46 for fully vaccinated people, and 76.42 for unvaccinated San Diegans.
  • 9,120 tests were reported to the county on June 18, and the rate of new positive cases was 13.2% (data as of June 18).
  • The 14-day rolling rate of positive cases, among tests reported through June 18, is 11.2%.

More information:

Data updates for the County’s website appears on Mondays and Thursdays around 5 p.m., excluding holidays.

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