The COVID-19 vaccine site at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, along with four other locations in the city, will be temporarily closed due to massive shortages, Mayor Eric GarcettiEric Garcetti Los Angeles Vaccination Center Temporarily Closed by Protesters Los Angeles Mayor Receives First Dose of Coronavirus Vaccine After Spending Days at the Grammys Super Site Postponed Over Coronavirus Concerns (D) said.
The mayor announced Wednesday that the city’s five walk-in and vehicle access sites will be closed beginning Friday for at least two days. The sites could reopen on Tuesday or Wednesday, he predicted.
Garcetti criticized the vaccine supply provided to the city, which is expected to run out on Thursday, as “unpredictable”, “uneven” and “unacceptable.” He noted that Los Angeles received 16,000 new doses this week, slightly more than the total it administers per day. Los Angeles received 90,000 doses last week and 29,000 doses the week before, he added.
“We are vaccinating people faster than new vials arrive here in Los Angeles and I am very concerned at this time,” the mayor said during a news conference.
“This is a huge hurdle in our race to vaccinate Angelenos,” he added.
Garcetti emphasized that the second scheduled doses will not be affected, but that “it will prevent us from moving forward with new first doses.”
He said he didn’t want to “point the finger,” but noted that other cities with smaller populations than Los Angeles are getting more doses.
“I don’t want to take a single dose of them, but it’s only fair that Los Angeles gets a constant supply to meet our time of need.”
The city will keep open the mobile sites it has implemented in South Los Angeles, where a disproportionate number of residents have been infected and killed by COVID-19.
Overall, Los Angeles has distributed 293,252 vaccines with an average of 13,051 inoculations daily.
Peaks in cases, deaths and hospitalizations in late December and early January and have since begun to stabilize in Los Angeles, according to county data.
The county has a seven-day average test positivity rate of 8.4 percent, lower than the 20 percent recorded around New Years Day, but still above the 5 percent threshold that experts want to see before considering. the reopening.