UC San Diego Health Petco Park vaccination site. REUTERS/Bing Guan

A delayed shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived in San Diego County Tuesday following a shortage that forced some vaccination sites to dramatically slow the pace of inoculations or completely reschedule appointments over the holiday weekend.

The Moderna vaccine shipment was scheduled to arrive Friday but was delayed for an unspecified reason. The vaccine shortage affected the county’s largest vaccination site, the UC San Diego Health Petco Park Super Station, with no vaccinations taking place on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. It will reopen Wednesday morning.

The county Health and Human Services Agency reported 698 new COVID-19 infections and five deaths on Tuesday, increasing the region’s totals to 253,641 cases and the death toll to 3,042. Two women and three men died between Dec. 20 and Jan. 29.

The county’s rate of new cases dropped enough to allow elementary schools to resume in-person instruction for students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade.

According to the state’s weekly COVID-19 update, San Diego County’s adjusted case rate is 22.2 cases per 100,000 residents. The state permits elementary schools to reopen as soon as counties reach an adjusted average new daily case rate of 25 per 100,000 residents.

However, two of the county’s largest school districts — the San Diego Unified School District and Chula Vista Elementary School District — will likely remain closed to in-person learning for the foreseeable future.

Of the 9,125 tests reported Tuesday, 8% returned positive, bringing the 14-day rolling average of positive tests to 5.6%.

No new community outbreaks were reported Tuesday. The total reported over the past week is 49.

— City News Service contributed to this report

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