Johnson & Johnson distribution to resume after federal health officials deem it safe
LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that City sites are prepared to administer close to 150,000 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines this week, an increase in capacity following the federal guidance ending the pause of Johnson & Johnson. The program will add another fixed location to offer vaccinations in Century City, as well.
“To end this pandemic, we need to use every dose we have — and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a critical piece of that strategy,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The top health experts in the world have made it clear: all three vaccines are effective and safe, and each of them will protect us, our families, our communities, and help us save lives.”
This week, the City is expected to receive nearly 42,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine and over 63,000 of Pfizer, along with about 29,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson already in its supply. Altogether, including a small supply of doses carried over from the previous week, City vaccination sites will be able to administer roughly 150,000 doses to Angelenos — including over 100,000 first dose appointments and more than 47,000 second doses — across 10 permanent sites and through the Mobile Outreach for Vaccine Equity (MOVE) program.
The City will further expand access to vaccines at the new fixed vaccination site at Century City, where Angelenos can receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
This week, fixed city vaccination sites will be open Tuesday through Saturday, with the exception of Dodger Stadium, which will be closed on Wednesday to accommodate a scheduled Dodger game. Angelenos can make first dose appointments online at the City’s vaccination portal, which is updated weekly at Coronavirus.LACity.org/VaxAppointment.
Equity remains a key focus of the City’s vaccination program. Last week, nearly 80% of first doses were administered to people of color, and residents in zip codes hit hardest by the medical and economic effects of COVID-19 received nearly 55% of the City’s first doses.
To keep promoting equity and eliminating barriers to vaccine access across Los Angeles, the MOVE initiative continues to deliver vaccines directly to neighborhoods most impacted by the pandemic. To date, this program has worked with community groups and City Council offices to deliver nearly 95,000 doses. This week, the City will deploy 10 mobile teams Tuesday through Saturday to residents in Van Nuys, Canoga Park, Sunland-Tujunga, Vermont Square, Chesterfield Square/Harvard Park, Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw, Boyle Heights, Pico-Union, Downtown, and Westlake.
City sites will offer second dose appointments this week for Angelenos who received their first Moderna shot between March 30 and April 3 or their first Pfizer shot between April 6 and April 10. Second dose patients should have received notifications with their appointment details recently by text and/or email. Patients should note that the date stamped on the CDC vaccination cards received after their first dose is not an appointment confirmation. Instead, everyone should use the appointment details provided by Carbon Health.
About the City of Los Angeles’ Vaccination Program
Since launching a COVID-19 vaccination program in December, the City has administered over 1,137,829 doses to Angelenos, approximately 96% of its supply. Led by the Los Angeles Fire Department, and in partnership with CORE, Carbon Health, Curative, the USC School of Pharmacy, and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, the City operates 10 fixed vaccination sites at Hansen Dam, San Fernando Park, Lincoln Park, Pierce College, Crenshaw Christian Center, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Southwest College, USC’s University Park Campus, Century City, and Cal State LA, in addition to the MOVE program currently reaching vulnerable communities. For more information, including how to schedule an appointment when available, please visit Coronavirus.LACity.org/Vaccine.