City administered a record-breaking 90,402 doses last week, and will triple mobile vaccination capacity to vulnerable communities this week
LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that City vaccination sites will expand their eligibility to align with the County Public Health guidance that will go into effect on March 1. This transition to expanded eligibility comes while doses remain limited. City sites will reopen on Tuesday, and will primarily provide second doses this week, and offer a small number of first dose appointments throughout the week. The City’s online portal will be updated Monday to allow those in Tier 1B — workers in food and agriculture, education and childcare, and emergency services and first responders — to make first dose appointments.
“Our vaccination program has weathered many challenges, but we have made it clear that nothing will interfere with our mission to deliver this life saving vaccine to Angelenos as quickly and as safely as possible,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Opening eligibility to more groups of essential workers will save more lives and accelerate our recovery. We are encouraged to hear commitments for more vaccines coming from our federal and state partners, and stand ready to scale up our operations so we can end this pandemic.”
The City’s capacity remains above the supply it receives. With the delayed deliveries last week, the City still administered over 90,000 doses throughout the week — the highest number administered to date, yet only 68% of the program’s total capacity. Providing an average of 18,080 doses each day, the City was able to make up for postponed appointments from the previous week, and remained onschedule to deliver the second doses that were due for patients. If the City receives additional doses this week, more first dose appointments will become available.
Ahead of the expanded eligibility, the City’s appointment portal will be updated on Monday to include the new qualifying employment categories. Site staff have been trained to monitor the new forms of required verification, as determined by the L.A. County Public Health Department.
The City expects to receive 70,000 doses of Moderna on Monday, which will primarily serve second doses across the City’s six mass vaccination sites: San Fernando Park, Hansen Dam, Crenshaw Christian Center, Lincoln Park, Pierce College, and Dodger Stadium. Sites will operate this week from Tuesday through Saturday from 8am-4pm, with the exception of Dodger Stadium, which will be open from 8am-6pm. A small number of first dose appointments at Pierce College will be available online throughout the week. All second doses for this week are being automatically scheduled for patients who received their first dose at a City site between February 1 and February 6. Patients will receive notification with appointment details by Sunday evening.
This week’s mobile program will also triple its total capacity, increasing its doses administered to vulnerable communities from 4,000 to 12,000 per week. An additional delivery of 7,000 doses of Pfizer is also expected for Monday, which will provide first doses for Angelenos at this week’s mobile vaccination clinics deployed to communities experiencing high need in Baldwin Hills, South Park, Highland Park, Panorama City, Westlake, and Pacoima. Operations have been extended to now include Saturdays, increasing access for those unable to visit the sites on weekdays. The City will also deploy its first round of second-dose mobile vaccines at mobile clinics in Vermont Vista, Baldwin Hills, and South Park.
The City of L.A. has also begun the planning process to integrate the recently FDA-authorized Johnson & Johnson vaccine into its inventory in the coming weeks, preparing to administer doses once the State and County provide them.
About the City of Los Angeles’ Vaccination Program
Since launching a COVID-19 vaccination program in December, the City has administered over 441,007 vaccine doses — 98% of its current supply. Led by the Los Angeles Fire Department, and in partnership with CORE, Carbon Health, Curative, 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 including how to schedule an appointment when available, please visit Coronavirus.LACity.org/Vaccine.