LA to resume COVID vaccinations at all city sites Tuesday
Postponed appointments are being rescheduled immediately
OW Staff Writer | 2/22/2021, 11:38 a.m.
Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced that all City-run vaccination sites will resume operations on Tuesday. Following delivery delays due to severe weather, the City received confirmation that vaccine doses are on their way and scheduled to arrive in the days ahead. With their imminent arrival, the City is able to meet its commitment to provide mostly second dose — and a limited number of first dose — appointments throughout the week.
“Our City’s vaccination teams are ready to make up for lost time and get doses into people’s arms quickly, safely, and equitably,” said Mayor Garcetti. “With new shipments comes a renewed sense of determination to vaccinate as many Angelenos as possible and move closer to the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
With 92,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine en route to Los Angeles, the City has started scheduling appointments for the week. Those who originally had appointments for Friday and Saturday last week are being prioritized, and impacted Angelenos will receive their updated appointment details by the end of the day on Monday. Anyone who received their first dose at a City site from January 24-30 will receive a notification with their second dose appointment details by the end of the day on Tuesday.
The vast majority of shots are prioritized for second doses, and roughly 3,750 first doses are allocated for distribution at Pierce College. If the City receives additional doses this week, more first dose appointments will become available at coronavirus.lacity.org/vaxappointment.
According to officials, last week’s delayed deliveries did not impact Los Angeles’ new initiative to bring vaccines directly into our hardest-hit communities –– the Mobile Outreach for Vaccine Equity (MOVE) program. So far, mobile teams have administered over 4,600 doses across sites in South and East L.A., and each clinic has the capacity to vaccinate 200 people per day. This week, MOVE will expand operations to include two additional mobile teams, and officials expect to administer up to 4,000 first doses across sites in Vermont Square, Pico-Union, Chinatown, Van Nuys, and Boyle Heights.
In addition to the MOVE program, the City has utilized Notify LA to send targeted text updates to communities with high cases of COVID-19. In just the first three weeks of these joint vaccine equity efforts, appointments booked by Black Angelenos increased by 28%, despite a 37% reduction in available appointments.
Meanwhile, since launching a COVID-19 vaccination program in December, the City has administered nearly 350,000 vaccine doses — 99% of its current supply. Led by the Los Angeles Fire Department, and in partnership with CORE, Carbon Health, and the USC School of Pharmacy, the City operates six fixed vaccination sites at Hansen Dam, San Fernando Park, Lincoln Park, Pierce College, Crenshaw Christian Center, and Dodger Stadium, in addition to mobile clinics currently reaching vulnerable communities. For more information, please visit coronavirus.lacity.org/vaccines.