Public health officials project that 80% of eligible adults in L.A. County will have received at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by late August.
L.A. Public Health director, Dr. Barbara Ferrer said the county is about 1 million people away from reaching an 80% rate among people 16 and older.
“We are currently administering about 100,000 vaccinations to L.A. County residents each week,” Ferrer said Wednesday. “We have about 1.1 million first doses to go before 80% of all L.A. County Residents 16 and older have received at least one vaccine.”
While L.A. County vaccination sites have administered more than 9 million doses, nearly 44% of those doses have gone to non-residents. L.A. County residents have made up 5.3 million of those doses, with about 4.3 million being fully vaccinated.
The county of Los Angeles is averaging 0.7 positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, which is the lowest case rate since the start of the pandemic. The rate of positive tests has also decreased to 0.4% of people receiving COVID-19 tests. Both metrics were noted as being lower than multiple large cities in the U.S.
“Our case and test positivity rates remain among the lowest in the state and in the country,” Ferrer said Wednesday. “Lower than New York City where the case rate per 100,000 [residents] and the test positivity rate are respectively are 3 and 1 %. Lower than Chicago where the rates are 6 and 2%. Lower than Dallas where the case rate 4.7 per 100,000 people and the test positivity rate is 3%.
As both the state and L.A. County prepare for a “full reopening” of the economy on June 15, the state has said businesses and venues may operate at full capacity, but social distancing and mask measures will still be in place for certain situations.