San Diego, CA–More than half of all San Diegans 12 years old and older — 50.3% — have now been fully vaccinated, County officials announced Thursday in an important milestone.
Officials also announced that they’re continuing to expand mobile vaccination sites and that they have created a new video and visual art contest with prizes for youths between the ages of 12- to 24-years-old to show the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations.
In addition to surpassing the 50% fully-vaccinated mark for eligible county residents — representing nearly 1.41 million San Diegans — County officials said nearly two-thirds of those San Diegans 12 and older, 66.2%, have now had at least one shot.
Unlike the early days of the national vaccination effort, the region now has more supply of vaccine than there is demand. To help reach people who may have had difficulty getting to vaccination sites, County officials announced they plan to expand the number of mobile vaccination sites, with a list of new vaccination events stretching into late June at businesses, churches and religious centers, community and senior centers, and other locations.
County officials also announced they have created a “Youth Leadership” video and visual art vaccine challenge/contest, that will start Monday, May 24 and allow submissions through June 14, to engage the county’s youth in the vaccination effort.
Youths in three age groups, from 12- to 24-years-old, can win prizes for submitting videos and personal artwork about COVID-19 vaccinations in a number of categories. Those include short videos about why getting vaccinated was important to them personally or what they’re most excited about getting back to after being fully vaccinated, or art showing positive facts about COVID-19 vaccinations.
The “Our Health is Worth a Shot,” contest will offer prizes to youths in each of the three age categories who create winning videos or paintings, memes, posters, handouts, flyers or infographics.
For more information, see the County’s Youth Challenge Contest website at Youth Challenge Contest (livewellsd.org)