Posted on 03/06/2021

One year into the pandemic, Mayor highlights massive effort to ramp up vaccinations and defeat COVID-19

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that Los Angeles has administered half a million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine across all City-run sites, a critical milestone in the fight to end the pandemic. Three months after kicking off this effort, the City has stood up six fixed vaccination sites, deployed seven mobile clinics, and administered a total of 511,698 doses to Angelenos, approximately 96% of its received supply, and representing more than 20% of the total vaccinations administered in L.A. County. 

“From the moment COVID-19 arrived in our city and country, we have recognized a fundamental truth: a vaccine is the surest path to saving lives, protecting our loved ones, ending this pandemic, and starting the hard work of recovery,” said Mayor Garcetti. “As Angelenos mark this milestone and continue following public health recommendations, the City will keep up our efforts to ramp up supplies, stand up our infrastructure, and deliver doses with a clear focus on speed, safety, and equity.”

Since launching in December, the City has built a robust vaccination program for Angelenos, despite the insufficient and often unpredictable supply of vaccine doses. 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, Dodger Stadium, with a seventh opening next week at USC’s University Park campus. Additionally, the City is deploying mobile clinics to reach vulnerable communities across Los Angeles. 

Mayor Garcetti and local leaders have taken clear and consistent steps to ensure equitable access and distribution of vaccine doses. The City has reached out to our hardest-hit communities through targeted text messages, collaboration with community-based organizations, City Council offices, and the Mobile Outreach for Vaccine Equity (MOVE) program. 

These efforts are having an impact: to date, nearly 65% of vaccine recipients at City sites have been people of color. Across the city, since January 31, the share of first doses administered to Black Angelenos has increased 180% and the share of first doses among Latinx residents has grown 20.4%. Out of 13,740 Angelenos vaccinated by the City’s mobile clinics so far, more than 93% are people of color from communities that have been affected disproportionately by COVID-19. 

Generous contributions from corporate and philanthropic leaders have supported vaccination sites across Los Angeles, with a particular focus on closing the COVID-19 accessibility gap in underserved communities. Donations from the Annenberg Foundation, Wasserman Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Caruso, Paramount, and Bank of America have enabled the City to set up three new sites and increase resources to the Los Angeles Fire Department’s operations at mobile vaccination units.

Angelenos can find more information about the City’s vaccination effort and schedule appointments here.