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Mask mandate for vaccinated will end

(courtesy of County of San Diego Communications Office)

Mask mandate for vaccinated will end

By José A. Álvarez
County of San Diego Communications Office

Given that COVID-19 Omicron cases and hospitalizations have significantly decreased across the state, including San Diego County, the indoor mask mandate established by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) nearly two months ago will expire Feb. 15.

The County follows CDPH’s recommendations; therefore, the mask requirement will also expire locally.

Well-fitted masks will still be required indoors for people who are not fully vaccinated. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one shot of the Johnson and Johnson immunization.

“People who are not fully vaccinated are more likely to become infected compared to people who have received all the recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including the booster,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “The vaccines are the best protection there is to prevent people from getting seriously ill, ending in the hospital or, worse, dying.”

Masks will still be required in schools and in certain settings regardless of vaccination status.

The County Board of Supervisors voted Feb. 8 to ask CDPH to phase out masking in schools in a “safe and responsible” manner.

On Feb. 7, CDPH announced that “the state is continuing to work with education, public health and community leaders to update masking requirements at schools to adapt to changing conditions and ensure the safety of kids, teachers and staff.”

The County Office of Education is the entity responsible for providing guidance to the County’s 42 school districts.

In Scripps Ranch
Residents within the Scripps Ranch 92131 ZIP Code area who have received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine stands at 32,347, according to the County of San Diego. The total number of Scripps Ranch residents who contracted the virus since the County began keeping records is now 4,341 cases from a population of 36,090, according to the County of San Diego. There have been 13 COVID-19-related deaths within the Scripps Ranch 92131 ZIP Code area.