#COVID-19 – The MC SUN – MCHS https://mcsun.org Making the SUN shine, online! Wed, 12 May 2021 02:41:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 98876632 Your 2021 Vaccination Informational guide: https://mcsun.org/news/2021/your-2021-vaccination-informational-guide/ https://mcsun.org/news/2021/your-2021-vaccination-informational-guide/#respond Wed, 12 May 2021 02:41:19 +0000 https://mcsun.org/?p=19624 Vaccination numbers are steadily rising daily and San Diego County, California has finally moved past the red tier. After many months of staying in the purple tier, in March of 2021, SD moved into the red tier. According to San Diego’s County News Center, the mass distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations has profoundly contributed to the …

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Vaccination numbers are steadily rising daily and San Diego County, California has finally moved past the red tier. After many months of staying in the purple tier, in March of 2021, SD moved into the red tier. According to San Diego’s County News Center, the mass distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations has profoundly contributed to the state’s move from the red tier into the orange tier in early April of 2021.

SD County Residents 50 And Older Eligible For COVID Vaccination | San Diego,  CA Patch
Are you eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine? | Photo Courtesy: Patch.com

“San Diego County’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is currently 5.5 cases per 100,000 residents. The County is in the Orange Tier […] and no new community outbreaks have been confirmed since March 28.” Jose Alvarez, a health communications specialist of San Diego said.

The state government and corporate hospitals are working together to distribute vaccines safely and effectively.

In 2020, two different vaccinations,  Pfizer and Moderna, were distributed globally after being authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A third vaccine, Janssen by the Johnson and Johnson Corporation (J&J), was approved for distribution in February 2021. All three vaccines have the same goal of slowing the spread of COVID-19, but age determines which one each American can receive.

When the first dose of vaccines came out and was ready to be distributed, healthcare workers had first priority due to being exposed daily in hospitals, as well as other essential healthcare workers. Next in line was anyone 75 or above and anyone else with pre-existing health conditions. Now, all vaccines are available to the public to those ages 16 and above since April 15th of 2021.

What You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccines | University of Utah  Health
Informational Chart on the three vaccines | Photo Courtesy: Utah Healthcare

Pfizer: To be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, one must be at least 16 years of age. Anyone under the age of 16 is not yet permitted to receive any COVID- 19 vaccines. 

Moderna: Anyone 18 years of age or older is eligible to get this specific vaccine.

Janssen (J&J): This vaccine is the most recently approved shot; it was authorized for mass distribution by the FDA on February 27th of 2021. To receive this vaccination, one must be at least 18 years of age.

Distribution of the J&J vaccine was stopped due to patients reporting the development of a “rare and severe type of blood clot,” according to the Texas Tribune. The use of this vaccine was resumed on April 23rd of 2021 by the approval of the FDA and CDC after many meetings and the re-examination of the vaccine’s medical background.

Many COVID-19 restrictions in San Diego County have loosened up since the transition to the orange tier. Many restaurants are now allowing indoor dining; consumer stores can hold almost a full capacity of people; the majority of the youth club and school sports are in session; and many schools, from elementary to high school, are allowing a portion of the student body back on campus. 

Vaccination centers in San Diego include: 

-UCSD

-Sharp Memorial Hospital 

-Rady Children’s Hospital

-Good Shepherd Catholic Parish and Church

-A variety of different grocery stores and pharmacies, such as Vons, Rite Aid, CVS, Costco, and Walgreens

To receive a vaccination, the patient must figure out which vaccination they are eligible for and schedule their appointment ahead of time. You can schedule an appointment for vaccination on myturn.ca.gov. This site allows you to schedule an appointment at a local hospital or find a walk-in clinic, as well. After filling in in your personal and contact info, you pick a name and a place. Additional information about the vaccines, the vaccination process, and COVID-19 can be found on sandiegocounty.gov.

Additionally, many corporate offices and companies are providing vaccinations for employees.

San Diego County Could Move Into Orange Tier – NBC 7 San Diego
Orange Tier Informational Chart | Photo Courtesy: NBC San Diego

On April 28th, San Diego County reached the one million mark for the number of residents vaccinated. 

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, “[…] San Diego’s vaccination counter rolled past 1 million residents fully vaccinated, meaning that nearly a third of the county’s population has now received both vaccine doses or just a single Johnson & Johnson shot.”

If the vaccination rates keep steady, the majority of San Diego will likely be vaccinated by the end of the year, due to a third of the population being fully vaccinated in San Diego County in 4 months of available treatment.

Finally, after a full year of COVID-19 restrictions, San has reached the orange tier for the first time. Because vaccination numbers are steadily rising, the San Diego case rate will likely continue to decrease. To stay in the orange tier, health professionals recommend San Diego residents follow given COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, get their vaccinations, continue to wear a mask, frequently wash their hands, and do their best to stay safe. 

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Welcome to 2021… Basically 2020 with a 1 https://mcsun.org/sunburn/2021/welcome-to-2021-basically-2020-with-a-1/ https://mcsun.org/sunburn/2021/welcome-to-2021-basically-2020-with-a-1/#respond Thu, 25 Feb 2021 21:54:52 +0000 https://mcsun.org/?p=18964 2020 has definitely been a year of chaos, loss, confusion, and uncertainty. Now that we are in 2021, it honestly seems like nothing has changed. Just the 0 in 2020 turning into a 1 for 2021. Oh and also a new president in office. Two months in to 2021, many citizens of the U.S. are …

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Pushing away 2020 | Photo Courtesy of Kiplinger

2020 has definitely been a year of chaos, loss, confusion, and uncertainty. Now that we are in 2021, it honestly seems like nothing has changed. Just the 0 in 2020 turning into a 1 for 2021. Oh and also a new president in office.

Two months in to 2021, many citizens of the U.S. are frustrated and confused as to why nothing has changed, even with a new Commander-in-Chief in office. Lolli Pop, Human Resources director of a private company, feels being in 2021 is no different than living in 2020. 

“Wait so you’re telling me that Biden and the new president are the same person? I didn’t even know we had a new president in office. To be honest I did not even know we had a president at all,” Pop said. “Why? Because it seems like whatever is done to keep COVID-19 under control does not work. It breaks out of its restraints just like how Biden is trying to break down Trumps wall.”

President Biden Who?| Photo Courtesy of Fast Web

 Riley Ding-Dong, Pop’s co-worker, has agreed with what Pop had to say and thinks that the president is not doing enough to rid us of the virus.

 “ I always thought that the president is supposed to fight off any threats that would harm his country. Like when Trump was taken hostage by COVID-19 but managed to escape its clutches and fight it off. He even took his mask off in front of everyone to show he was okay,” Ding-Dong said. “I mean I guess  we know why Biden seems to be focusing on the wall and immigration laws and not COVID-19.  Its obvious, he’s just too old to fight it off like Trump did. I mean, seriously there should be an age limit or something to be in office.”

Many are confused as to how COVID-19 is still here with us in 2021 and why  it is still something we need to be distancing ourselves from.

“ My New Year’s Resolution was to cut out all things that are toxic in my life. Once I counted down to one on New Year’s Eve, everything that was toxic and no good for us was supposed to stay in 2020, “ Gus Browning, a positive energy guru said. “  I even made a concoction full of positive energy and optimism so I could throw it in the air right before we entered into 2021 to get rid of the virus. I was thinking positive thoughts all week so it would work. So how the heck did COVID follow us into 2021? “

Many people are now going out in public without a mask. Maybe the T.C.I.G.B.I.R.N. effect is finally starting to take place. You know the Thinking Covid Is Gone But Its Really Not. Because of this effect and change in year, many believe that it is now safe to not wear a mask. Because hospitals have been working to get people immune… I mean vaccinated, masks are now something that are #irrelelvant, like how people refer to 2020 these days.

“ I mean I got vaccinated, so obviously I am now immune. I even got both! Pfizer in my left arm and Moderna in my right arm. I mean it has been a rough couple weeks because of the side effects, like fevers, fatigue and runny nose, but now COVID-19 is no match for me.” Karen Smith said (yes, that Karen).

COVID-19 Vaccination| Photo Courtesy of Cohen Medical Associates

Many events and extracurriculars are still being put on pause until the restrictions are lifted and we move into a different tier. 

“I miss playing volleyball and actually being able to breathe during practice without having to worry about an asthma attack. Like are they trying to kill us?” Cindy Spike, a volleyball player said. “I had so much hope going into 2021, now all I hope for is getting through practice without using my inhaler.”

Meanwhile, High School students have been feeling really isolated and have not seen their friends for a year. Many are also struggling with online school.

“They said three weeks out of school so the virus could die down. That turned into a whole year and I swear nothing has changed. I think we need Newsom to be a new someone in the governor’s chair.” Kylie Solo, a highschool student said. “ I never thought I would say this, but I even miss the cafeteria food. If I eat one more frozen dinner that is heated up in the microwave or watch one more Korean drama on Netflix, I think it might be the end of me.”

Scientist and theorologist Ray Star has been doing extensive research and thinks his new theory might be the breakthrough we needed to rid us of the virus. 

“ I noticed a certain pattern COVID-19 seemed to follow. The virus started to get more infectious when the BLM protests started to become more serious. I think climate change might have something to do with it and the virus being airborne, too. My theory is I think that COVID-19 grows when the world breeds more problems,” Star said. “ So all we have to do is solve all of the world’s problems. For example, world hunger, climate change, racism, and making peace everywhere. It’s simple really, once all of those problems are solved COVID- 19 is surely to disappear, too.”

Overall 2021 does not seem any different from the past year. Maybe except for being able to pick up food from the actual restaurant instead of just having it delivered. I guess that could be taken as a sign of progress.  It seems as if we are still stuck in 2020 and are all waiting for something miraculous to happen so everything goes back to the way it was when it was 2019 B.C., you know Before COVID-19. Who knows when the pandemic will be over? My bet is once world peace is achieved, maybe then we will be rid of COVID-19.

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