Booster, pediatric vaccination in Contra Costa in steady progress

Contra Costa County’s progress in fighting the pandemic continued amid the gradual increase in cases in other areas of the country as the holiday season approached.

Despite this, Anna Roth, director of provincial health services, warned on Tuesday, KPIX reported.

“We’ve seen that progress slow down in the past few days and we’re starting to see some stabilization and even a small increase in our hospital numbers,” Roth said. “But again, I want to talk about progress.”

“We’re seeing a lot of progress we’re making because so many of our residents are choosing to get vaccinated, both for the first time and with booster doses.”

The health services director noted that more than 500 county residents are getting their first vaccine dose. Booster shots were also administered to 53 percent of the qualified elderly, while the first dose was also given to 26 percent of the county’s 5 to 11-year-old children.

The province also saw a drop in the number of cases.

“Cases per 100,000 are 6.7, compared to a month ago they were 8.8, so we’ve had a 24 percent drop,” Roth said. “A month ago we had 53 people hospitalized with COVID; today we have 33. So we have seen a decrease – only 8 of those people are in the (intensive care unit). And those kinds of figures are comparable to last spring, which was before the Delta wave.”

In the past 15 days, she said Contra gave Costa more than 95,000 doses of vaccine. Of the number, 23,000 were given to eligible children.

“In total, we have administered more than 1.9 million doses here in Contra Costa County,” she said.

Seventy-five percent of Contra Costa’s Hispanic population received their first injection this week. The rate is about the same as their white counterparts.

“So we still have some work to do,” she said. “Our equity team is still in the field and working diligently.”

According to Deputy Health Officer Dr. Sofe Mekuria continued Contra Costa towards its goal of removing indoor masks, once 80 percent of the population had completed their vaccine. At present, the province reached 74.2 percent of its fully vaccinated residents.

“If all 74,000 people who are now partially vaccinated receive their follow-up doses in the coming weeks, we would easily reach the goal of our 80 percent of individuals who are fully vaccinated to lift the mask warrant indoors,” Mekuria said.

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