LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Teachers and workers in agriculture and food will be among the 1.2 million Los Angeles County residents who are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday.
Also recently eligible for vaccination are child care workers, law enforcement personnel and emergency services workers. They will join health workers and those over 65, who have been receiving the vaccine for several weeks.
However, health officials said those workers will have to be patient as vaccine supplies remain limited and staff are being trained to ensure that only eligible people receive the vaccines.
“So it will take considerable time to vaccinate these groups, unless the vaccine supply increases significantly,” said Dr. Paul Simon, scientific director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “We urge people to be patient as we work through this process as quickly as possible.”
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Approximately 700,000 Los Angeles County residents age 65 and older have yet to receive their first dose.
The city of Los Angeles expects to receive about 70,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine on Monday, serving primarily second doses at its six mass vaccination sites: San Fernando Park, Hansen Dam, Crenshaw Christian Center, Lincoln Park, Pierce College and Dodger Stadium. . when they reopen on Tuesdays after being closed on Sundays and Mondays.
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“Our vaccination program has overcome many challenges, but we have made it clear that nothing will interfere with our mission to deliver this life-saving vaccine to Angelenos as quickly and safely as possible,” Mayor Garcetti said in a statement Sunday. . “Opening eligibility to more groups of essential workers will save more lives and accelerate our recovery. We are encouraged to hear commitments for more vaccines from our federal and state partners, and we are ready to expand our operations so that we can end this pandemic. “
All second doses for this week are automatically scheduled for patients who received their first dose at a city site between February 1 and February 6. Patients will be notified with appointment details on Sunday evening.
The city’s mobile sites will also triple their total capacity this week, increasing the doses administered to vulnerable communities from 4,000 to 12,000, authorities said.
Garcetti’s office also said the city has begun the planning process to integrate the newly FDA-cleared Johnson & Johnson vaccine into its inventory in the coming weeks. Governor Newsom said Saturday that California could receive up to 380,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week.
On Friday, Simon said Los Angeles County-run sites expect to receive a total of 269,000 doses this week, up from 211,000 last week. With the county reserving most of them for second doses, a total of 103,000 first doses will be available this week for the three sectors of workers and for people 65 and older.
Governor Gavin Newsom has mandated that 10% of all vaccine supplies received in the state be immediately reserved for teachers, child care workers and other school personnel. But dividing the education allocation among Los Angeles County’s 80 school districts will be a weekly challenge.
To address the problem, the county has devised a complex formula designed to distribute the vaccine fairly. Of the doses allocated to the education sector each week, 9% will automatically go to private county schools, reflecting the percentage of county students they serve.
The county’s 80 individual school districts, excluding Long Beach and Pasadena, which have their own health departments, will be divided into five groups. The remaining available doses will be divided among those groups based on a formula that assesses the overall student enrollment factors; the percentage of students living in poverty – based on those eligible for free or reduced-price lunches; COVID case rates in each community; and whether the schools have already provided in-person services for students with the greatest needs.
The formula means that LAUSD, the nation’s second-largest school district, will likely receive about 40% of the doses available in education each week.
The state has authorized vaccinations beginning March 15 for anyone 16 years of age or older with an underlying health condition that puts them at increased risk of serious illness or death from COVID. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said last week that it is not yet clear whether the county will expand eligibility to that group on March 15 due to supply problems.
Here is the full list of groups under Tier 1B that are now eligible for the vaccine. For more information or to verify your eligibility, click here:
(1) People over 65 years old
(two) Education and childcare
• Public schools (K-12)
• Independent schools
• Charter schools
• Nursery and early childhood education
• Hired educational support staff
• Youth universities
• Colleges and universities
(3) Emergency services
• Police / law enforcement officers
• National security
• Prison officials and workers
• Courts / Legal advice and prosecution
• Campus and school police
• Rehabilitation and re-entry
• Federal law enforcement agencies
• Police, fire and ambulance dispatchers
• Security personnel to maintain control of access to the building and physical security measures.
• DCFS, APS (workers who physically respond to abuse and neglect of children, the elderly and dependent adults)
(4) Food and agriculture
• Food service workers
• Food manufacturing workers
• Grocery store workers
• Animal agriculture workers, including those involved in veterinary health.
• Port and transport workers related to food and agriculture
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