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San Diego County data on boosters shows some groups falling behind

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Alexandra Rangel
A San Diego County resident getting a COVID-19 booster shot on Nov. 11, 2021.

Those who've gotten a COVID-19 booster shot in San Diego County tend to be older and white, according to data released by the county last week.

This has raised concerns about Black and Latino residents being underrepresented in those who have received a booster.

San Diego Union-Tribune biotech reporter Jonathan Wosen joined Midday Edition Monday to break down the latest local data on boosters, as well as to add clarity on who is now eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot. Anyone 18 years of age and older can get the booster if it has been at least 2 months since they received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and at least six months since they received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Wosen also talked about the concerning gap in those 80 years of age and over getting their boosters.

"People who are home-bound, for example, and that often includes older residents, are going to be less likely to be able to go to a pharmacy or health care provider, or some other vaccine site, so that may be part of the issue," he said.

He said home-bound residents can call 211 to get a vaccine brought to them.