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These Bay Area counties are seeing the biggest vaccination increases amid delta surge

San Francisco Chronicle logo San Francisco Chronicle 7/31/2021 By Danielle Echeverria

The week of July 3-9, when the state hit its lowest point in coronavirus vaccinations since they began, an average rate of about 70 per 100,000 Californians were receiving a first dose of the vaccine per day.

By July 27, the seven day average rate had jumped to 91 per 100,000 people, a 31% increase.

The uptick in shots comes as the delta variant tightens its hold, sending coronavirus cases climbing across the region, state and nation, filling hospitals in hard-hit parts of the country like Missouri and Arkansas.

Vaccinations also rose across all Bay Area counties, where overall vaccination rates have been higher than the state average. The highest percentage increase was in Solano County, which saw a 46% jump in first-dose vaccinations from July 9 to July 27.

Of the Bay Area counties, Solano still has the lowest percentage of fully vaccinated eligible residents, at 69%. That’s still higher than California’s overall vaccination rate, which is 62%.


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Cases have increased more than fivefold in the Bay Area and statewide since California dropped almost all public health restrictions on June 15. COVID hospitalizations in the state have more than tripled.

The vaccine increase in California’s largest county — Los Angeles — tracks with that of the state.

Vaccinations also rose nationwide. This week saw some of the highest daily rates of newly vaccinated people since last month, according to Cyrus Shahpar, the data director for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Saturday, he tweeted that 473,000 people had been newly vaccinated, up from 403,000 a week prior. Two weeks ago, the one-day total was 341,000 people newly vaccinated.

Experts stress that getting vaccinated is the most important measure people can take to confront the delta variant’s swift attack, though other measures, including masking, are also needed to reduce spread — at least until far more people get inoculated.

Vaccinated people are getting infected at far lower rates than unvaccinated people, though the CDC says is still possible for them get and transmit the virus. Vaccines also provide strong protection against severe or fatal illness. More than 90% of coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths are now occurring among the unvaccinated, officials say.

Danielle Echeverria is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: danielle.echeverria@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @DanielleEchev

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