The goal is to vaccinate 1.8 million people in San Diego County by July 1. That’s about 70% of the region’s population over age 16.

By Brooke Ruth, Tarryn Mento

Currently, about 2% of the county’s population is fully vaccinated. So, what does the county need to do to reach that goal?

KPBS hosted a panel discussion to dig into that subject. The panel, “The Road to 1.8 Million Vaccinated San Diegans,” took place via Zoom on Thursday. Midday Edition rebroadcasted an edited version of that panel Monday.

How can we make sure the vaccine rollout is equitable? How are we making sure that the system to vaccinate people is accessible for those without Internet access? How are we addressing the hesitancy of some to get vaccinated? These are some of the questions KPBS Health Reporter Tarryn Mento posed to local health experts on the panel.


Dr. Rodney Hood, a local physician who has served the southeast San Diego community for decades and founded the Multicultural Health Foundation. Hood is a member of the state’s vaccine safety advisory group and one of the chairs of the county’s vaccine clinical advisory group.

Patty Maysent, the CEO of UC San Diego Health, which is partnering with the county on community vaccinations, particularly the mass vaccination site at Petco Park.

Dr. Christian Ramers, the chief of population health at Family Health Centers of San Diego, who is also on the county’s clinical vaccine advisory panel.

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