LOS ANGELES - Mayor Eric Garcetti today opened Los Angeles’ first three Vaccine Points-of-Dispensing (PODs) for healthcare workers, located at existing public testing sites. In the days ahead, the City will launch a fourth POD, while partnering with L.A. County’s Department of Public Health (DPH) to open four additional locations — all targeted in some of the region’s most vulnerable areas.
“Our City is determined to protect our remarkable medical professionals on the front lines, and that means delivering life-saving vaccines to the health care workers who spend every day saving our lives,” said Mayor Garcetti. “These Vaccine PODs are only the beginning of our campaign to distribute COVID-19 vaccines safely and equitably to all Angelenos — part of our ongoing, comprehensive effort to stop the spread of this virus and eradicate this pandemic.”
The initial Vaccine PODs are being housed at existing, City-run testing and flu vaccination sites in some of the hardest-hit neighborhoods in L.A., where Black and Latino families have borne the brunt of the pandemic, and where test positivity rates have ranged from 23% to 31%.
Locations include: Lincoln Park in East L.A., San Fernando Park in the Northeast Valley, and the Crenshaw Christian Center in South L.A. The next one is set to open on January 4 at Hansen Dam in Pacoima. This approach is in line with the City’s commitment to equity in its COVID-19 response, modeled after its data-driven approach to testing deployments.
To build on that work, the City of L.A. is providing four recreation centers and staff for County-led Vaccine PODS located in El Sereno, Lincoln Heights, Van Nuys, and Pacoima.
“We are very pleased that a Vaccine Points-of-Dispensing (PODs) for healthcare workers is being placed at Lincoln Park in my district,” said Councilmember Gil Cedillo. “Healthcare workers have been at the frontline since the beginning of this pandemic and we are grateful the vaccine will be dispensed in one of hardest hit communities of color by COVID-19,”
Vaccine delivery is being led by the County, in partnership with the City, the L.A. Fire Department, the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, Curative, and Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE).
Vaccination sites are currently available to healthcare workers deemed by County public health leaders to be high and medium risk healthcare workers in tiers 1 & 2, as outlined in State and County guidance. Healthcare workers will be notified of their opportunity to be vaccinated at these sites by DPH, and they will be able to register at the County website.
“Our faculty, staff, and students from the USC School of Pharmacy are here today providing the COVID-19 vaccine to frontline healthcare workers,” said Vassilios Papadopoulos, dean of the USC School of Pharmacy. “I urge everyone, when it is your turn, get vaccinated. It’s about protecting your life, the life of your loved ones, and the health of your community.”
“Our California team is proud to be deploying these life-saving COVID-19 vaccines to Los Angeles and provide communities who need it most with relief during one of the worst stages in the pandemic,” said Agatha Bacelar Stephens, General Manager of California for Curative. "Curative has been the leader in delivering COVID-19 testing to the greater Los Angeles area and our testing sites have been fully equipped to administer the vaccine via our dedicated on-site healthcare workers."
“As our response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the men and women of the LAFD are once again answering the call to protect Angelenos,” said LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas. “Working alongside our partners, we’ve built an unprecedented COVID testing system and today we’re expanding into the important work of vaccinating health care workers, which is another important step towards ending this pandemic.”
"We're extremely proud to be a member of this unique alliance of public and private partners that has been working together since the spring to protect Angelenos during the pandemic," said Ann Lee, CORE's Co-founder and CEO. "Administering COVID-19 vaccinations to the heroic frontline workers who have been working tirelessly for their communities is the first step towards ending the pandemic, and CORE will continue working with our incredible partners in L.A. and nationwide to support equitable distribution of the vaccine in forthcoming wider rollout efforts."
These vaccination efforts are part of a countywide strategy to bring vaccines as quickly and efficiently as possible to Angelenos. As part of this effort, earlier this week, the City announced a collaboration with the County to deploy mobile vaccination teams to nursing homes and an initiative to vaccinate LAFD paramedics and firefighters.
About the City of L.A.’s COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Program
The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with Curative, CORE, and the LAFD, operates one of the largest municipal COVID-19 free testing programs in the country, including the largest testing site in the nation at Dodger Stadium. Five of these testing sites, and an additional 32 mobile testing sites, provide free flu vaccines to the public in partnership with the USC School of Pharmacy and Curative; to date, the City teams have administered over 14,000 flu shots.
The City launched its testing program on March 20th to test first responders and vulnerable individuals. At Mayor Garcetti’s direction, free testing was rapidly offered to all residents, with or without symptoms, whether or not they have insurance. Since then, the City has tested over 3.2 million people and can test up to 46,000 people each day across 10 City testing sites and up to 6 mobile testing sites. To find more information or make an appointment, please visit coronavirus.lacity.org/testing.
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