Childhood COVID-19 vaccination rates lag general population, county says

Children and adolescents in San Diego County are vaccinated at lower rates.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. – The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is encouraging families to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 to counter lower inoculation rates than the general population for children aged 5 to 17 years old.

San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency encourages families to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 to counter lower inoculation rates than the general population for children ages 5-17 year.

According to HHSA data, 182,035 or 76% of 239,401 San Diegans ages 12-17 have completed a series of primary vaccines, while 114,748 or 36.9% of 310,643 children ages 5-11 have received the series of primary vaccines.

Of the 207,723 children aged 6 months to 4 years, only 3,323 or 1.6% are partially vaccinated. That percentage is expected to be lower because COVID-19 vaccines for the age group were only recently recommended, according to a county statement.

Comparatively, 83.8% of the overall population eligible for COVID-19 vaccines have completed a series of primary vaccines.

“COVID-19 vaccines not only protect the people who receive them, but also those around them,” said county public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten. “Children are not immune to COVID-19 and they can still develop serious complications. Parents should ensure their children receive all recommended doses of the vaccine.”

When it comes to boosters, the numbers are even lower. A total of 161,561 San Diegans between the ages of 12 and 17 are eligible for a booster, but only 64,147 or 39.7% received one. Only 12.2% or 10,365 of local children aged 5-11 received a booster, although 84,970 are now eligible for the extra dose. By comparison, 57.3% of the 2,394,907 eligible San Diegans received a booster. Boosters have not yet been recommended for children 6 months to 4 years of age.

“COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters help prevent serious illness. If you haven’t had all the recommended doses of the vaccine, get it now,” Wooten said.

HHSA reported 2,048 new COVID-19 infections and five additional virus-related deaths Thursday, bringing the county’s cumulative total to 834,049 infections and 5,341 deaths.

San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 population age 12 and older is 42.01 for fully vaccinated and boosted people, 25.06 for fully vaccinated people, and 88.53 for San Diegans who are not fully vaccinated.

The county only reports COVID data on Mondays and Thursdays.

As COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations continue to rise, Scripps Health executives this week urged caution as Independence Day weekend approaches.

“Many people will gather to celebrate this weekend, and we urge them not to let their guard down,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health. “There’s no doubt that COVID-19 is still very much with us. We’ve seen the impact increase since our last holiday, Memorial Day, and we certainly don’t want to see this trend continue beyond July 4.”

Van Gorder said Scripps’ rate of patients testing positive for COVID-19 increased 51% for the 14-day period ending June 29, with 1,733 testing positive, compared to the 14-day period ending on May 29 with 1,141 positive tests. Across Scripps Health System, 69% of its positive COVID-19 tests are breakthrough cases, of which 72% of patients had been boosted once and 16% had been boosted twice. The health system has recorded eight COVID-related deaths this month, bringing its total to 1,335 since the start of the pandemic. do not attend events if you feel ill.