San Diegos encouraged to keep immunization numbers on the uptrend | news

San Diegos continue to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu, and supplies and availability of both vaccines remain plentiful this holiday season.

In the last week, 38,753 COVID-19 shots and 63,149 flu shots have been administered.

As of November 17, 2022, nearly 2.69 million, or 80.3%, of San Diego residents have received the primary series of one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines. Booster shots were given to 1,495,492 or 60% of San Diego’s 2,491,808 eligible residents.

Of those with boosters, the county is now separately tracking bivalent COVID-19 boosters. As of November 17, 2022, 15.1 percent of eligible San Diego residents have received a bivalent booster shot.

As of November 12, 2022, 813,065 San Diego residents have received a flu shot, representing 24.3 percent of the 3,351,784 eligible beneficiaries. This year’s flu shot uptake is slightly higher than the same period last year, when 23 percent of the eligible population had received a flu vaccine.

After vaccination, it takes about two weeks for the body to build up sufficient immunity to both vaccinations.

“I want to congratulate everyone who has recently been vaccinated against the flu or COVID-19, including those newly vaccinated, and encourage the community to help us improve on that progress,” said Wilma J. Wooten, MD, MPH, County medical officer. “Don’t let the flu or COVID-19 ruin your family gatherings this holiday season. You have an opportunity to protect yourself, your family and your community.”

COVID-19 and flu vaccines are widely available in pharmacies, medical centers and clinics across the region. The two vaccines can be given during the same visit. It is important to note that the COVID-19 primary or booster series of vaccines does not protect against the flu, and the flu vaccine does not protect humans from COVID-19. Therefore, it is recommended that eligible San Diego residents get vaccinated against both viruses.

There is no vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), but established disease prevention measures can protect people from contracting any of the numerous respiratory viruses currently circulating in the community.

These measures include:

  • Consider a good quality, well-fitting mask, especially indoors or in crowded spaces.
  • wash hands thoroughly and often;
  • Use hand sanitizer if you can’t wash your hands;
  • Stay away from sick people;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces; and
  • Stay at home and avoid contact with others when you are sick.

Progress of the COVID-19 vaccination:

  • Nearly 2.69 million, or 80.3%, of San Diego residents received the first batch of one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Booster shots administered: 1,495,492 or 60% of 2,491,808 eligible San Diego residents.
  • For more vaccination information, go to

Covid19 deaths:

  • Since the last notification on November 10, 2022, 14 additional deaths have been reported. The total in the region is 5,557.
  • Of the 14 additional deaths, seven were women and seven were men. They died between July 16, 2022 and November 4, 2022. Three of the newly reported deaths occurred in the past two weeks.
  • Seven of the deceased were 80 years or older, four over 70 and three over 60.
  • 12 received at least the first batch of vaccine and two did not.
  • Thirteen had underlying medical conditions and one has pending medical history.

COVID-19 cases, case rates and testing:

  • 2,298 COVID-19 cases have been reported to the county over the past seven days (November 8-14, 2022). The region total is now 935,554.
  • The 2,298 cases reported last week were higher compared to the 2,016 infections identified in the previous week (November 1 to November 7, 2022).
  • 5,153 tests were reported to the county as of Nov. 12, and the percentage of new positive cases was 5.3% (data through Nov. 12).
  • The 14-day rolling percentage of positive cases among tests reported through November 12 is 4.3%.

influenza activity

The County Health and Human Services Agency is now releasing the Respiratory virus surveillance report weekly. The report is released every Thursday and tracks key indicators of respiratory illness, including flu cases and deaths.

For the week ended November 12, 2022, the report shows the following:

  • No more flu deaths, season total remains at 2
  • Visits to the ER for flu-like illness: 10% of all visits (up from 9% in the previous week)
  • Laboratory-confirmed flu cases for the week: 2,361 (compared to 1,754 in the previous week)
  • Total laboratory-confirmed cases to date: 7,854 (compared to 314 at the same time last season and 306 in the previous 5-year average in the same week)

More information:

Data updates for the The county’s website appears around 5 p.m. on Thursdays, excluding public holidays. More information about the flu is available at the county Influenza Website.


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