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The city of West Hollywood is encouraging more people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 now that Los Angeles County has announced that workers in three additional sectors – education and child care, emergency services and first responders, and food and agriculture – are eligible to receive vaccines.
The newly eligible sectors join frontline health care workers, staff and residents at skilled nursing facilities, staff and residents at long-term care facilities, and all people ages 65 and over in being eligible for vaccines. Residents in all eligible groups may visit vaccinatelacounty.com to schedule appointments. Residents who do not have computer access may call (833)540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. for assistance.
Los Angeles County continues to urge patience as it works to expand capacity and supply, which is currently limited. The vaccine will be offered to different groups of people at different times. When enough vaccines are ready, they will be offered to the general population. People coming to be vaccinated will be asked to verify they are in an eligible group.
“Getting vaccinated is critical in our aim to get back to normal,” West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath said. “Our public health officials are continuing to get as many vaccines out as quickly as possible. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently announced its emergency-use authorization for a third vaccine, which will expand supply, and I’m relieved that L.A. County has announced expanded vaccine eligibility to include countless essential workers who work in education and child care, emergency services and first response, and food and agriculture. If you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, please do so as soon as possible to help protect yourself and your loved ones.”
While the vaccine stops people from getting sick, it is not yet clear if it stops people from spreading COVID-19 to others. The county encourages everyone to continue wearing face coverings, maintaining physical distance and avoiding gatherings. For information, visit publichealth.lacounty.gov.
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