Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that City-run sites are prepared to administer over 260,000 vaccine doses this week, the largest supply ever offered by the City, at a moment when slowing demand is concerning officials across the country. To make vaccinations more accessible and convenient for Angelenos, the City will expand operations from five to six days this week, offer more appointment-free options, add a drive-through at Cal State L.A., and open a new night clinic in South L.A.
"Our city and country stand at a critical turning point in our fight to defeat COVID-19 — and just as we have in every phase of this crisis, we are meeting the moment with urgent action: by rolling up our sleeves and getting shots into the arms of every Angeleno," said Mayor Garcetti. "Los Angeles has enough doses to keep our momentum going, protect our communities against new variants, and end this pandemic. So we all need to do our part to encourage our families, friends, co-workers, and neighbors to get vaccinated as soon as possible."
With vaccination rates slowing down slightly across the country, Los Angeles officials are making a series of key changes to urge Angelenos to show up and receive their doses. Appointment-free vaccinations will be available at all mobile clinics, along with our permanent sites at Lincoln Park, San Fernando Park, Pierce College, USC, L.A. Southwest College, and Cal State L.A.
While not required, appointments are still encouraged to minimize wait times. Eligible Angelenos can pre-register for a vaccination or find the nearest location at Coronavirus.LACity.org/Vaccine.
To expand access further, the City's vaccination program will:
Add a day of service this week at fixed vaccination centers, operating from Monday through Saturday.
Open up a new mobile night clinic at the South Park Recreation Center in South L.A. from 9am to 9pm.
Offer a drive-through option at Cal State L.A., allowing for up to 9,000 doses a day to be administered at the location.
This week, the City is expected to receive 70,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine and 45,000 of Pfizer, along with 3,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson. Altogether, including the supply carried over from the previous week, City vaccination sites will be able to administer roughly 260,000 doses to Angelenos — offering more than 200,000 first dose appointments and 60,000 second doses across 10 permanent sites and through the Mobile Outreach for Vaccine Equity (MOVE) program.
Equity remains a key focus of the City's vaccination program. Despite a reduction in overall vaccines last week, the distribution was the City's most equitable to date, with nearly 80% of first doses going to people of color and nearly 60% to communities hardest hit by COVID. The MOVE initiative continues to eliminate barriers to vaccine access and deliver doses directly to neighborhoods most impacted by the pandemic. To date, this program has worked with community groups and City Council offices to deliver nearly 97,000 doses. This week, the City will deploy 10 mobile teams from Monday through Saturday to residents in Wilmington, South Park, Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw, Chesterfield Square/Harvard Park, Highland Park, Westlake, Sylmar, Panorama City, and North Hollywood.
City sites will offer second dose appointments this week for Angelenos who received their first Moderna shot between April 5 and April 10 or their first Pfizer shot between April 12 and April 17. Second dose patients should have received notifications with their appointment details recently by text and/or email. Patients should note that the date stamped on the CDC vaccination cards received after their first dose is not an appointment confirmation. Instead, everyone should use the appointment details provided by Carbon Health.
Since launching a COVID-19 vaccination program in December, the City has administered over 1,191,642 doses to Angelenos, approximately 88% of its supply. Led by the Los Angeles Fire Department, and in partnership with CORE, Carbon Health, Curative, the USC School of Pharmacy, and the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles, the City operates 10 fixed vaccination sites at Hansen Dam, San Fernando Park, Lincoln Park, Pierce College, Crenshaw Christian Center, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Southwest College, USC's University Park Campus, Century City, and Cal State LA, in addition to the MOVE program currently reaching vulnerable communities. For more information, please visit Coronavirus.LACity.org/Vaccine.