Throughout the county, school children are headed back to the classroom and employees are returning to the workplace. Unfortunately, COVID-19 might be going with them.
According to San Diego County public health officials, local COVID-19 case rates averaged around 570 new cases per day in the last week of August. San Diego Unified School District, the largest in the region, strongly recommends district employees, students
and visitors wear masks when indoors on school campuses, stating, “We know that COVID-19 is here to stay.”
However, a new measure may soon help stop the spread of COVID-19. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently amended the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to authorize updated boosters. The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the new boosters are expected to restore protection that has waned since previous vaccination by targeting variants that are more transmissible and better able to evade immune responses.
According to Dr. Abisola Olulade, a family medicine doctor with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, these variants are very different from the original strain. “They're more contagious and they are going to cause more issues in the fall,” she
says. “Public health experts are seeing the writing on the wall: We need additional protection.”
Here’s everything you need to know about the updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters: