San Diego has a COVID-19 treatment, Novavax vaccine | the news

Did you know that if you contract COVID-19, there is a treatment that can prevent you from becoming seriously ill?

There is. But you have to act fast.

Antiviral tablets and monoclonal antibodies must be given within a few days of the onset of symptoms to be effective. So you should get tested for COVID-19 as soon as symptoms start to appear. If you are over 12 and test positive and are at high risk of developing severe disease, see your doctor right away so you can get treatment.

People with certain medical conditions are at higher risk of severe COVID-19, including:

  • Age over 50 years
  • asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chronic heart, lung or liver disease
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • HIV
  • Mental health and substance use disorders
  • overweight or obesity
  • pregnancy
  • Smoking, current and past
  • Not vaccinated or up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Other factors, such as race and ethnicity

If you do not have a health care provider, you can call 2-1-1. You can receive free monoclonal antibody treatment regardless of health insurance or immigration status by calling the Regional Monoclonal Antibody Center at (619) 685-2500.

“Monoclonal antibodies and antiviral pills work well to protect people from severe COVID-19,” said Wilma J. Wooten, MD, MPH, County Public Health Officer. “If there is a high risk of serious illness, you should get treatment right away.”

Treatment centers and medical offices in the area may offer antiviral pills taken by mouth and/or monoclonal antibodies given as an intravenous infusion. Your healthcare provider will determine which treatment option is best for you based on your symptoms, age, and possible underlying conditions.

The Novavax vaccine is available

Novavax, the traditional vaccine against COVID-19, is now available in San Diego County.

You can get Novavax from local health care providers, retail pharmacies and community clinics, as well as county community health centers and community vaccination events. You can find an appointment or walk-in clinic here.

Novavax is approved for people 18 and older as a two-dose primary series given three to eight weeks apart. Clinical trials have shown that the vaccine series is 90% effective in preventing mild, moderate and severe COVID-19.

Anyone 6 months and older can get one The COVID-19 vaccines are free. For those who have received the mRNA vaccine, boosters are available for those 5 years of age and older. Parental consent is required for all minor vaccinations.

Vaccination process:

  • Received at least one vaccination: About 3.01 million, or 90%, of San Diegans six months and older are at least partially vaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated: about 2.66 million or 79.5%.
  • Controlled boosters: 1,432,313 or 58.7% of 2,439,821 eligible San Diegans.
  • More information about vaccination can be found here


  • Another 13 people have died since the last report in August. 4, 2022. The total number of the area is 5437.
  • Of the 13 additional deaths, four were women and nine were men. They died in mid-January. 21 and August. 7, 2022; Six deaths have been reported in the last two weeks.
  • Five of the dead were over 80 years old, three were 70 years old, one was 50 years old, and four were 40 years old.
  • Six were fully vaccinated and seven were not.
  • 12 had underlying medical conditions and one did not.

Cases, cases and tests:

  • In the last three days (from August 8 to August 10, 2022), 3097 cases of COVID-19 were registered in the county. The total for the region is now 898,520.
  • Last week (August 4 to August 10) there were 7,045 cases, compared to 9,495 in the previous week (July 28 to August 3).
  • San Diego County’s incidence rate per 100,000 residents 12 years of age and older was 52.03 for fully vaccinated and boosted, 34.81 for fully vaccinated, and 103.28 for unvaccinated San Diegans.
  • In August, 6,748 tests were reported to the county. 6, and the percentage of new positive cases was 12.1% (data until August 6).
  • 14-day percentage of positive cases among tests reported through August. 6, is 12.9%.

More information:

Information updates County website Mondays and Thursdays, excluding holidays, will be released at around 17.00.


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