COVID-19 testing in downtown San Diego. Courtesy County News Center

San Diego County reported 744 new COVID-19 infections and five additional deaths Saturday, as pharmacies and clinics began administering booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine.

Saturday’s data brought the county’s cumulative totals to 353,904 cases and 4,051 fatalities since the pandemic began.

The number of COVID patients in county hospitals decreased from 418 on Friday to 393 Saturday, with 129 of those patients in intensive care.

San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 residents is 13.0 for fully-vaccinated people and 47.3 for those not fully vaccinated.

Both CVS and Walmart began administering Pfizer boosters on Friday to adults 65 and older who completed their initial vaccine series at least six months ago. Some individuals with significant medical conditions and who work in high-risk areas are also eligible.

The county expects to soon begin offering booster shots at its own facilities, with Supervisor Nathan Fletcher saying Friday that final approval is expected in the coming days.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.