Mayor Garcetti announces one million vaccine doses administered at City sites
LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the City’s vaccination program administered its one millionth dose today, reaching a major milestone in its efforts to vaccinate Angelenos and end the pandemic.
“Every dose administered is a step closer to defeating COVID-19 — and the first million shots can mark the beginning of the end of this pandemic if we all do our part,” said Mayor Garcetti. “With the leadership of our Fire Department, the efforts of our volunteers, and the cooperation of our partners, we have crossed a critical milestone on the road to health and hope. Now is the time to double down and get vaccinated as soon as possible, so we can reach the day soon when every Angeleno is protected from this virus.”
The City reached the one million dose mark just as eligibility is expanding across the region and state. Right now, all Los Angeles County residents age 16 and over can make an appointment and receive the COVID-19 vaccine at any of the City’s nine permanent and ten Mobile Outreach for Vaccine Equity, or MOVE, sites.
Led by the Mayor’s office and the Los Angeles Fire Department, in partnership with CORE, Carbon Health, Curative, and the USC School of Pharmacy, the City operates 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, and Cal State LA. Appointments at any of the fixed sites are updated weekly at Coronavirus.LACity.org/VaxAppointment.
The County Department of Public Health and the State of California have also been critical partners in the City’s vaccination program by providing vaccine doses, public health guidelines, and other support. The Mayor has worked closely with City Council offices to conduct outreach around the mobile clinics and with the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles to provide financial support to our MOVE operations.
With equity front and center, the City’s vaccination program has utilized a wide range of strategies to reach vulnerable communities, from conducting grassroots outreach and sending targeted text and robocall message alerts to providing complimentary rides through Uber and Lyft. To reach neighborhoods hit hardest by the pandemic, the Mayor launched the MOVE program, which has administered nearly 80,000 doses at mobile clinics deployed across the City, with 91% going to people of color.
Since its launch, City-run sites have administered a total of 1,012,322 vaccines, or 96% of its current supply. Nearly 67% of those vaccinated citywide have identified as people of color.
City data also show that more than 28% of those vaccinated in L.A. are over 65; the median age is currently 52; and over 53% of those receiving shots have been women. Overall, the vast majority of doses administered, nearly 78%, have come from Moderna, with upwards of 14% from Pfizer and about 7% from Johnson & Johnson.
“This milestone is a testament to our incredible partnership with the City of LA, LAFD, Carbon Health, Curative, and USC School Pharmacy dedicated to protecting the Los Angeles community,” said CORE co-founder and CEO Ann Lee. “We are by no means out of the woods yet in our mission to save lives, but this landmark serves as a growing ray of hope that our continued partnered efforts, from mass vaccination sites to equity-focused mobile units, can help lead Los Angeles out of the pandemic. Please get vaccinated as soon as possible, and continue practicing safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
"The students, faculty, staff and alumni of the USC School of Pharmacy are proud to work with the Mayor's Office, the City of Los Angeles, first responders, fellow health care providers, community organizations and other partners to reach this one million dose milestone,” said Vassilios Papadopoulos, dean of the USC School of Pharmacy. “It's an honor to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to Angelenos, to provide people with hope and the ability to safely gather with their loved ones again."
"Reaching the milestone of 1 million COVID-19 vaccines administered in partnership with the City of Los Angeles provides incredible hope in a time when the community needs it most," said Dr. Sujal Mandavia, Chief Medical Director of Carbon Health, a leading tech-enabled healthcare provider. "We are proud to partner with the City of LA, LAFD, CORE, Curative, and the USC School of Pharmacy, to make vaccines accessible to everyone in Los Angeles and bring about a swift end to the COVID-19 pandemic."
“Being on the frontlines fighting this invisible enemy has made me realize how valuable Curative has become in the public health space as we partner with local governments and community partners to deliver life-saving vaccines,” said Lorelie Yujuico, National Clinical Director of Nursing for Curative. “Frontline workers truly are the heartbeat of this global pandemic. Leading Curative's nursing team to distribute 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses has been the most rewarding experience of my career.”
For more information, including how to schedule an appointment when available, please visit Coronavirus.LACity.org/Vaccine.
Eds: Photos of vaccination site workers at City sites are available here.