Posted on 04/11/2021

City officials will formally take over operations at Cal State LA

LOS ANGELES —  Mayor Eric Garcetti announced this weekend that the City will open up vaccinations to Angelenos age 16 and older, starting on Tuesday. L.A. County residents can now start making appointments for this week on the City’s online portal. This eligibility expansion comes as the City grows its vaccination infrastructure and assumes operations at the Cal State LA site. 

“Opening vaccine eligibility to all Angelenos who are 16 and older is a major milestone in our efforts to get more shots into more arms and defeat COVID-19 once and for all,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We urge patience as we continue to ramp up our operations, obtain more doses, and enter this new phase of our campaign to end the pandemic. But our commitment remains clear: as soon as vaccines are available, we are ready to administer them swiftly and safely.”

This week, the City is expected to receive nearly 60,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine and 56,000 of Pfizer, and still has about 15,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson in its supply. All told, City vaccination sites will be able to administer more than 130,000 doses to Angelenos — including approximately 60,000 first dose appointments and 70,000 second doses — across nine permanent sites and through the City’s Mobile Outreach for Vaccine Equity (MOVE) program. 

As the State hands over operations at Cal State LA, the City’s vaccination program now has the capacity to administer up to 54,000 vaccines a day across the entire City, pending supply. The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) will lead the team at Cal State LA, supported by staff from Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), as well as those contracted locally for the site through FEMA and CalOES.

“The Cal State Los Angeles Vaccine site has been critical in California’s ability to support some of the communities most impacted by COVID-19. We appreciate the leadership of Mayor Garcetti and the city to keep this hugely successful site open for the weeks to come,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci.

In addition to Cal State LA, the City will deliver doses across its permanent locations at San Fernando Park, Hansen Dam, Crenshaw Christian Center, Lincoln Park, Pierce College, USC University Park, Los Angeles Southwest College, and Dodger Stadium. All sites will be open from Tuesday through Saturday between 8am and 4pm. Dodger Stadium will only be offering appointments until 1pm this week from Tuesday through Thursday to accommodate home games, although the site will remain open until 4pm. First dose appointments are available online at Coronavirus.LACity.org/VaxAppointment.

The City continues to deliver vaccines directly to those who need it most through the MOVE program. Since launching this program, mobile clinics have partnered with trusted community groups in areas most impacted by COVID-19 to deliver over 73,000 doses to vulnerable Angelenos, with over 90% given to people of color. This week, mobile teams will be deployed to residents in Wilmington, South Park, Baldwin Hills, Baldwin Village, Westlake, Melrose Hill, Panorama City, Pacoima, and other neighborhoods.

Equity remains at the heart of the City’s strategy. As eligibility expands to a wider range of Angelenos, the average age of those vaccinated continues to drop, falling from 52 to 42 for first doses in the last week. And by using text alerts targeted to communities with the highest need and collaborating with partners at the grassroots level, nearly 70% of doses administered last week were given to people of color.

City sites will offer second dose appointments this week for Angelenos who received their first Moderna shot between March 15 and March 20 or their first Pfizer shot between March 23 and March 27. Second dose patients should have received notifications with their appointment details recently by text and/or email. Patients should note that the date stamped on the CDC vaccination cards received after their first dose is not an appointment confirmation. Instead, everyone should use the appointment details provided by Carbon Health.

About the City of Los Angeles’ Vaccination Program

Since launching a COVID-19 vaccination program in December, the City has administered over 936,970 doses to Angelenos, approximately 92% of its current 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 nine 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, in addition to the MOVE program currently reaching vulnerable communities. For more information, including how to schedule an appointment when available, please visit Coronavirus.LACity.org/Vaccine.