LA County aims to open COVID-19 vaccinations to residents 65 and older in early February


LOS ANGELES (KABC) – The race to offer more coronavirus vaccines in Los Angeles County is a slow start as questions are being raised as to when and how many vaccines will come from the federal government.

LA County is lagging behind other Southern California counties in opening vaccinations to people 65 and older, but county health officials say their goal is to begin offering the vaccine to that age group in early February – he says That they depend on vaccine supplies.

Currently, LA County is offering the vaccine only to health care workers and skilled nursing facility residents and employees, despite the state opening eligibility for people 65 and older. County officials say they do not yet have a sufficient dose locally, so that they can begin vaccinations for residents of that age group.

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Health officials say about 1.3 million people in the county are 65 and older, with a population of 10 million. More information about the county’s vaccine distribution is available on its website.

There are reports that states may not receive their anticipated vaccine shipments from national reserves next week, as the Federal Reserve of Doses has already been used. Gov. Gavin Newsom says California has already received 3 million doses and was expected to come from the federal government.

Newsom says California is projected to receive thousands of thousands of doses and they are still trying to get answers from the Trump administration and they are working with the incoming Biden administration, because they can get more vaccines Can.

As LA County gets into 1 million COVID-19 cases, the county announced on Friday that an additional five mass vaccination sites will open. Dodger Stadium opened as a vaccination site on Friday.

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The new locations will begin vaccinations on Tuesday and will be able to vaccinate 4,000 people a day at each site. The county hopes to complete 500,000 additional vaccinations by the end of the month. The new super sites will be located here:

– Fairplex in Pomona

– Forum Inglewood

– Cal State University at Northridge

– LA County Office of Education in Downey

– Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia

Meanwhile, local leaders, such as La City Council President Nuri Martinez, are urging the creation of a waiting list for people 65 and older, as well as for those who need the activist to get more people vaccinated. As in the front row.

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