Supervisor Nathan Fletcher
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher briefs the press on Monday. Image from livestream

San Diego County health officials said Monday Pfizer COVID vaccine boosters are widely available and urged all eligible residents to get the shot.

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher called the booster shot approved last week “another step forward in our fight against COVID-19. We encourage everyone eligible to get their booster.”

Fletcher listed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for two groups of people currently eligible for a booster. He said the first group “should” get the booster as soon as possible six months after completing their initial vaccination series:

  •    Ages 65 and older
  •    Ages 18 and older living in long-term care facilities
  •    Ages 50-64 with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer

The second group “may” get the booster now if they wish:

  • Ages 18-49 with underlying health conditions 
  • Ages 18-64 who work in occupations facing the public, such as first responders, educators, grocery workers and food-service workers

Boosters are available through local heathcare facilities, county clinics and at CVS, RiteAid and Walmart pharmacies. “Your first stop would be where you normally go to get your health care,” Fletcher said.

Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s medical officer, said it is safe to get a flu shot at the same time as a COVID booster.

Fletcher said that overall San Diego County continues to outpace the state and nation in minimizing cases and deaths from the pandemic.

“Our region is doing incredibly well,” he said. “Our cases are down after the recent spikes. Our overall vaccination numbers in San Diego County are incredible — almost 88% of eligible folks have been vaccinated.”

“You may see other states and other regions that are in crisis-level care situations — San Diego County is not in that situation.” he added.

Chris Jennewein

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