Last week, the City was forced to postpone many vaccination appointments at our large sites due to the winter storms across the United States. These delayed vaccine doses have now arrived in Los Angeles. Starting tomorrow, the City will meet its commitment to provide mostly second dose appointments, and a limited number of first dose appointments, throughout the week.
Was your appointment impacted by last week’s delays? Those who originally had appointments for Friday and Saturday last week are being prioritized and will receive new appointment information by the end of today. Anyone who received their first dose at a City site between January 24th and 30th will receive a notification with their second dose appointment details by the end of the day on Tuesday.
Our vaccination teams are ready to make up for lost time and vaccinate as many Angelenos as possible quickly, safely, and equitably, so we can all move closer to the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are the facts you need to know:
- STAY INFORMED: It can be challenging to keep up with ever-changing vaccine news. Get key information by signing up for email updates from the L.A. County Department of Public Health. 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.
- NOTIFY LA: The City has also sent targeted text updates to communities with high cases of COVID-19. In just the first three weeks of these joint vaccine equity efforts, appointments booked by Black Angelenos increased by nearly a third. To receive text updates, sign up for Notify LA.
- ‘MOVE’ VACCINE EQUITY PROGRAM: Our new MOVE initiative is deploying mobile vaccination clinics to the most vulnerable parts of Los Angeles. So far, mobile teams have administered over 4,647 doses across sites in South and East L.A., and each clinic has the capacity to vaccinate 200 people per day. This week, MOVE will expand operations to include two additional mobile teams –– and we will administer doses across locations in Vermont Square, Pico-Union, Chinatown, Van Nuys, and Boyle Heights.
- VACCINE ACCESS FOR ALL ABILITIES: This week we’re opening an express lane at Dodger Stadium for customers of Access Services, the agency that provides transportation to Angelenos with disabilities. Access riders can book their vaccination appointment pending availability and a round-trip ride to Dodger Stadium by calling (626) 532-1616.
- BY THE NUMBERS: The City of Los Angeles has administered 349,156 vaccine doses at our six City-run vaccination sites, skilled nursing facilities, and fire stations. Since last Monday, our centers have provided 40,107 life-saving vaccinations despite supply and weather challenges.
- 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: L.A. County announced 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 on March 1st. In addition, the State announced that vaccinations will open to residents between 16 and 64 years old who have certain disabilities or severe underlying medical conditions on March 15th. 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 488 locations are currently vaccinating people in L.A. County. As more doses become available in the coming months, 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.
On Friday, February 19th, I canvassed Boyle Heights to share information with neighbors about our Mobile Outreach for Vaccine Equity (MOVE) program — an effort to scale up mobile vaccinations in some of the most vulnerable parts of Los Angeles.
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.