Herd immunity is at the heart of this holiday weekend as the governor tries out new ways to motivate people to get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have lifted masks guidelines, but California still has some restrictions.
Sunday morning at Mission Beach, the parking lots were full and hundreds of people were enjoying the waves, music and food.
“It should have been like this last year,” said beachgoer Doug Dukes. “It feels good, everyone is calm, everyone is having a good time, no drama.”
“It’s good to see people go out and do things and interact again and not be afraid to go somewhere else and do things,” said Shiela Riley, a resident of Tucson, Arizona.
Since the start of the pandemic, Memorial Day weekend is the first time we’ve seen hundreds of people without masks congregating along the coastline. And deep in some of their minds is everyone’s immunization status.
“I have the impression that at this stage of the pandemic, you really have to take care of yourself and know where you are going, what you are,” said Stacey Nolan. “You don’t know who is vaccinated and who is not.”
Miles away in Otay Mesa, another crowd gathered at a YMCA Border View Family vaccination clinic. NBC 7 met two teenagers who received their second injection of Pfizer.
“I just wanted to be safe and make sure I didn’t get sick,” Cinthya Sanchez said.
“Getting vaccinated would help a lot, like ending the pandemic and everything,” Sebastian Castaneda said. “Because more people would be like protected and all.”
Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that California would pay millions of dollars in gifts and cash to motivate more people to get vaccinated.
Ten grand prize winners will be chosen on June 15 for $ 1.5 million each, winners of $ 50,000 will be selected on June 4 and 11, and the first 2 million people – since the governor’s announcement, to be obtained photos – will be eligible for a $ 50 gift or grocery card.
So far, the state has donated more than 37 million vaccines. But despite overall progress, progress in immunization has slowed. There is also hesitation among the people of San Diego County.
With the state within two weeks of reopening and uncertainty surrounding a potential increase in cases – due to the holiday weekend – the message is still the same: get yourself vaccinated or wear a mask.
If you’re one of the 2 million people eligible to get a $ 50 gift card, you’ll receive a redemption code by text or email within 10 days of your last required shot.