While updating Los Angeles on the current status of COVID-19, Thursday, Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city cannot meet the demand for vaccines at the current pace it is receiving them.
Los Angeles has set up one of the largest U.S. vaccination sites at Dodger Stadium, with the capacity to vaccinate up to 12,000 Angelenos per day and additional sites at the Forum in Inglewood, LAFD fire stations an more. Garcetti said the city has the ability to vaccinate more people than it already does, but is not being supplied fast enough.
“As I will say at probably every briefing until this crisis is done, we don’t have enough vaccines,” Garcetti said. “Our capacity keeps growing and while capacity is good, it means nothing without supply.”
As of Thursday, 152,612 vaccines had been administered in the city of Los Angeles, accounting for 81% of the vaccines provided.
“This number is among the highest in the country—higher than some of our peer cities and that’s something I’m very proud of,” Garcetti said.
President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that a minimum of 10 million vaccines would be distributed to states per week, an increase from 8.6 million that were previously being distributed per week. Biden also announced the he U.S. acquired 200 million additional vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, although they would not be made available until June.
The mayor was critical of the vaccine distribution pace before Biden’s announcement, saying Los Angeles would not be able to fully vaccinate its first phase of eligible Angelenos until June and the rest of the county would not be fully vaccinated until 2023.
“When we receive more supply of the vaccine, we’re ready,” Garcetti said.