MOVE program has administered over 90% of vaccine doses to people of color
LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the City’s Mobile Outreach for Vaccine Equity (MOVE) program surpassed 100,000 doses administered across Los Angeles this week, reaching a major milestone in the effort to deliver life-saving vaccines directly to hard-hit communities. To date, MOVE has deployed a total of 486 clinics to different neighborhoods, adding up to 102,097 doses and counting.
“Our MOVE clinics represent the very best of our vaccination campaign — an effort rooted in equity, driven by public health experts, and fueled by the knowledge that every person vaccinated moves us one step closer to defeating this pandemic,” said Mayor Garcetti. “A person’s zip code or neighborhood should never be a barrier to accessing life-saving vaccines, and this week’s milestone is a reflection of our commitment to putting shots into the arms of Angelenos no matter where they live. We still have more work to do, and we need everyone to urge family members and friends to get vaccinated soon.”
Mayor Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles launched the MOVE program to ensure vaccine access for communities most impacted by COVID-19. Working closely with community-based organizations and City Council offices to conduct local outreach, MOVE clinics often assist residents over the phone, recruit participants face to face, and set up operations in trusted, central locations. Each step is designed to eliminate barriers to vaccination, including a lack of transportation, poor internet access, inflexibility in work hours, misinformation, or hesitancy.
The MOVE program is led by the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). In partnership with CORE and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, the program has been able to expand to include 10 rotating clinics. To see a list of weekly MOVE clinics and other City vaccination sites, please visit coronavirus.lacity.org/GetVaccinated.
“Los Angeles City, LAFD and CORE launched vaccine mobile units in January, understanding early on that reaching hard-hit and marginalized communities with vaccines requires providing direct access in these communities with small, nimble units," said Ann Lee, CORE Co-founder and CEO. "These units are all the more critical to keeping these communities safe as we see demand for vaccines begin to drop."
MOVE clinics operate at a smaller scale than mass vaccination sites, but all together, they administer an average of up to 1,500 doses a day, reaching people who otherwise could not get vaccinated. The program is now offering vaccinations without an appointment at all sites, and recently opened a new mobile night clinic in South L.A.
Overall, 90% of MOVE first doses have gone to people of color, and nearly 66% have gone to Angelenos who identify as Hispanic. MOVE clinics with the highest distribution to people of color include the Vermont Square, South Park, and L.A. Flower Mart locations.
About the City of Los Angeles’ Vaccination Program
Since launching a COVID-19 vaccination program in December, the City has administered over 1,232,093 doses to Angelenos, approximately 91% 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 communities with the greatest need. For more information, please visit Coronavirus.LACity.org/GetVaccinated.
Photos of mobile clinic staff are located here.