Your update on our historic effort to get all Angelenos vaccinated against COVID-19 and end the pandemic.
This week, the City has been getting more shots into more arms, more quickly, and at more locations. We’re doing it safely and efficiently –– and we’ve already distributed 98 percent of the vaccine doses we’ve been given.
But we still don’t have enough vaccines. As a result, today the City will exhaust our current supply. Unfortunately, that means that we’ll have to temporarily close our five City vaccination sites. As soon as we receive more supply, we’ll re-open these sites –– most likely next Tuesday or Wednesday.
Here’s the bottom line: We are making progress, but we need more vaccines. We need to be able to plan for them. L.A. is ready –– not just to meet capacity, but to ramp up vaccinations as soon as we get more doses.
Here are the facts you need to know:
- ELIGIBLE NOW: All L.A. residents 65 and older are eligible for the vaccine in L.A. County, in addition to healthcare workers, certain essential frontline workers, and residents and staff of skilled nursing facilities.
- UP NEXT: Yesterday, the L.A. County Department of Public Health announced that those who are in Phase 1B, Tier 1 –– including teachers and workers in education and childcare, food and agriculture, and emergency service and law enforcement –– will become eligible for vaccination in the next few weeks. Sign up to be automatically notified when you become eligible for the vaccine. You can also check what phase you'll be in.
- VACCINATION SITES: More than 350 locations are currently vaccinating people in L.A. County. As doses become available in the coming month, more sites and providers will administer shots. When your turn arrives, you can make an appointment through the County hub and bring your ID to the site. If you are 65 or older, have a disability, or do not have access to the internet and need assistance making your vaccination appointment, you can contact the County’s Call Center –– open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. –– at (833) 540-0473. You can also talk with your doctor about getting vaccinated.
- MOBILE VACCINATION CLINICS: Black and Latino Angelenos are signing up for vaccinations at City sites at disproportionately lower rates. In response, last week we launched a pilot program to bring mobile vaccination clinics directly to Black and Latino communities in partnership with trusted community organizations. In the program’s first week, we administered over 1,700 shots –– two thirds of which went to Black Angelenos and 90 percent to Angelenos of color. We’ll continue to expand our mobile clinic capacity to reach additional parts of the city.
- BY THE NUMBERS: The City of Los Angeles has administered more than 293,252 vaccine doses at our five City-run vaccination sites. In the last week, our centers have provided 91,362 life-saving vaccinations –– a 27 percent increase over the previous week.
- SECOND DOSE: If you’ve gotten your first dose at a City or County site, your second dose appointment will be scheduled automatically. You’ll receive an email and text message 3 to 7 days before your second dose appointment, telling you where to go and when. The second appointment will be scheduled within the CDC’s recommended timeline. While it’s possible to change the time of your follow-up appointment, we strongly recommend keeping the slot you’ve been given.
- AVOIDING VACCINE FRAUD AND SCAMS: It’s important to be on the lookout for vaccination scams. Red flags include messages suggesting that vaccination is required by law, ads from unofficial sources on social media, and offers to jump the vaccine line by paying a fee. Remember: no one legitimate will ever try to sell you the vaccine –– online, over the phone, or in person.
- GET THE LATEST INFORMATION: Get key information by signing up for email updates from the L.A. County Department of Public Health. When your turn comes, make an appointment. Tell your friends and family to sign up for this VaxFacts newsletter or follow us at @MayorOfLA on Twitter. You can check out our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.
Vaccinations are our way out of this pandemic. They will help prevent future lockdowns and bring our communities back together –– and they will keep you and your family safe. I will never stop advocating to get the number of doses that our city deserves and needs. As we receive more vaccines, we will keep distributing them quickly, efficiently, and equitably.
So as soon as it becomes available, roll up your sleeve –– and get your shot.
Stay healthy and be safe.
P.S. As the COVID-19 crisis continues, so does the City’s sweeping response. To learn more about how we are protecting Angelenos –– through testing, economic relief, and other measures –– visit our website.