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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that city-run vaccination sites would offer approximately 55,000 first dose appointments this week, while eligibility expands across L.A. County to include residents with certain underlying health conditions or disabilities. Vaccines will continue to be administered across the city’s seven permanent and eight mobile vaccination sites.
“Hope is on the horizon, but we can only end this pandemic if Angelenos are vigilant, keep following public health guidelines and get vaccinated when it’s their turn,” Garcetti said. “Every vaccine being offered is safe, effective and proven to protect us from severe illness, hospitalization and death, and as we get more doses into people’s arms this week, we move even closer to defeating COVID-19 in Los Angeles.”
The city was expected to receive 55,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week and continued to distribute Johnson & Johnson doses received last week. More doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine are expected in April.
With eligibility expanding, the number of people able to receive the vaccine throughout California exceeds the current doses allocated in the state. Beyond those with certain underlying conditions and disabilities, the county late last week opened access to janitors and custodians, public transit workers, emergency service personnel and public works employees required to respond in person to emergency events.
While the current supply remains low, Los Angeles expects to receive a larger influx of doses in April, Garcetti said.
The Dodger Stadium site will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Other permanent sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For appointments, visit coronavirus.lacity.org/vaxappointment.
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