San Diego’s COVID-19 vaccine supply increases days before eligibility widens

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San Diego's COVID-19 vaccine supply increases days before eligibility widens


Days before all Californians 50 and older become eligible for a coronavirus vaccine, the region’s supply of doses is steadily increasing.
Last week’s vaccine supply was up 23% from the previous week, according to county spokesman Mike Workman, who did not provide an exact number of doses. But based on previous numbers he shared with the San Diego Union-Tribune, it’s likely that around 110,000 doses have passed in the county.

That’s more than what county officials up 9% expected. And while it is unclear how much vaccine the region will receive this week, the county expects another increase.

“They all seem to be increasing,” Workman said in an email, referring to vaccines made by Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.

This trend will need to continue to accommodate the estimated 590,000 San Diegans residents aged 50 to 64 who will become eligible for the vaccine on Thursday – although some of them may have already been eligible, depending on their jobs or backgrounds. medical history, among other factors. On April 15, all Californians 16 and older become eligible for a coronavirus vaccine.

Those 50 and over likely won’t be able to book an appointment through MyTurn (myturn.ca.gov), the state’s vaccine notification and scheduling system, until Thursday, according to the California Department of Public Health. . But they can already book appointments in vaccine superstations at La Mesa and Chula Vista, provided the appointment date is Thursday or later, according to a spokesperson for Sharp HealthCare, which operates the two sites. .