Los Angeles County Fire Department sees positive ‘huge drop’ in COVID-19 cases after vaccination

LOS ANGELES (KABC) – The Los Angeles County Fire Department says the test is looking at a “steep drop” in positivity rates and the number of sick employees with COVID-19 within their workforce.

County Fire Chief Darryl L. “With a nearly 75 percent acceptance rate in our department, the COVID-19 vaccine is allowing us to keep our first responders on track to stay healthy during the most challenging times of the pandemic,” Osby said. Having said.

“With the second dose of vaccine now being given to our team members, it will provide another layer of protection and allow us to continue to provide the highest level of care to our patients.”

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The department’s weekly positivity rate in December was 18%. That rate is now 5.6%.

The Emergency Medical Services Bureau of the Fire Department coordinated its first vaccination clinics, administering more than 3,000 vaccines at the end of December.

The LA County Fire Department’s medical director, Dr. Clayton Kazan said, “As expected, the effect began after the vaccine was given seven to ten days before the vaccine.” “As the county continues, new cases among department personnel are dropping as fast as our test positivity rate. This is the first time in the entire epidemic that our data has been received from the county.”

Firefighters are expected to receive their second dose this week.

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