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A woman is vaccinated against COVID-19. Courtesy County News Center

San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency reported 6,108 new COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths Wednesday as health officials reminded residents to receive vaccine booster shots.

A total of 1,021,730 — or 49.9% of San Diegans who are fully vaccinated — have received a booster, according to the HHSA. Boosters are currently available for everyone 12 years and older.

“While we’re seeing more breakthrough infections due to the COVID-19 Omicron variant, research has shown that people who have received their booster are not getting seriously ill and therefore do not end up in the hospital,” said Dr. Wilma J. Wooten, county public health officer. “San Diegans should get a booster immediately, if they are eligible.”

According to HHSA data, of the 996 hospitalizations reported between Dec. 14 and Jan. 12, a total of 91 San Diegans who were boosted ended up in the hospital.

The county has more than 400 vaccination sites including pharmacies, medical providers, clinics and county locations. You can also make an appointment or find a nearby site by calling 833-422-4255 or visiting the MyTurn or coronavirus-sd.com websites.

More than 2.85 million or 90.8% of San Diegans age 5 and older are at least partially vaccinated and more than 2.51 million or 79.9% are fully vaccinated.

There were 42,736 new tests reported on Tuesday, and the seven-day average positivity rate was 26.6%, down from 27.5% on Friday. The county reports this figure on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Wednesday’s data increased the county’s cumulative coronavirus totals to 675,250 cases and 4,622 deaths.

The number of COVID-positive patients in San Diego County hospitals decreased by 12 people to 1,276, according to Wednesday’s state data. Of those patients, 224 were in intensive care, down eight from Tuesday.

City News Service contributed to this article.