SAN DIEGO – All returning students, faculty, and staff for on-campus classes and activities at UC Riverside, Diego State University, UC San Diego, Cal State San Marcos and all other schools at California State University and the University of California will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, it has been announced.
This despite the fact that only 0.2% of deaths from COVID-19 nationwide were under 25. Deaths at the age of 55 and older account for 93% of COVID-19 deaths nationwide, according to the CDC. Both university systems should allow exemptions based on medical or religious grounds.
Planned systems immunization requirement, announced Thursday, will take effect after “full approval” of one or more of the COVID-19 vaccines
by the United States Food and Drug Administration and they are widely available or early in the fall semester, whichever is later.
The vaccines are currently being administered under FDA Emergency Use Clearances because they are not fully approved by the FDA and have not been tested for long-term safety.
The vaccines manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna are both undergoing Phase 3 efficacy trials and could seek full FDA approval at any time.
CSU and UC officials said the planned requirement will be discussed with faculty and student representatives, as well as working groups.
However, they chose to announce the requirement scheduled for Thursday so that all members of the campus community can start getting vaccinated before the start of the fall term.
California Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley said decisions about whether to get vaccinated on their campuses will be left to individual community college districts.
Of the 17,425 tests reported Thursday, 2% came back positive. The 14-day moving average of positive tests is 1.7%.
Coronavirus hospitalizations fell by 1 in 186, compared to Wednesday. There were 57 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit beds as of Thursday’s report, an increase from the day before. There are 54 intensive care beds available in the county.
More than 2.6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been issued in San Diego County and 1,332,124 county residents have received at least one dose.
The state’s goal is to vaccinate 75% of people 16 and older to gain so-called herd immunity, which equates to an estimated 2.02 million residents of San Diego County.
The county reported on Thursday that more than 863,058 people in San Diego County – 42.8% of that target – are fully vaccinated. The figures include both county residents and those who work only in the county.
San Diego County received nearly 100,000 more coronavirus shots this week than the week before, public health officials said.
The 294,440 vaccine doses the county received this week are the largest the county has received in a single week, with a total of 2,583,595 vaccines received since they were cleared for emergency use by the FDA in December.
San Diego County Supervisory Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher said he was unsure how many doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines San Diego County is expected to receive next week.
Fletcher said the county continued to stockpile 11,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson as federal health officials investigated reports of a handful of women across the country developing potentially dangerous blood clots within two weeks. receiving the single dose vaccine, resulting in death. The use of the J&J vaccine has been suspended since April 13.
A total of 203 fully vaccinated San Diego County residents have tested positive for the SARS CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, according to Dr. Eric McDonald, medical director of the Division of Epidemiology and Immunization Services from the County Health and Human Services Agency. This represents a rate of 0.027% of all fully immunized county residents – just over three times the federal rate of 0.008%.
Of those, McDonald’s said 57% had no symptoms and were tested for some other reason. None of the fully vaccinated people were hospitalized or died.
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