Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that starting this week, this city of Los Angeles will prioritize second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at its vaccination sites.
Those who already received their first doses at city-run sites from Jan. 18-23, have had appointments scheduled for this week.
“Our City has the tools, the infrastructure, and the determination to vaccinate Angelenos swiftly and safely — we simply need more doses,” Mayor Garcetti said. “Our density and demographics have made our region an epicenter of this crisis in recent months, and with a reliable, consistent supply of vaccines, we can get more shots into people’s arms, bring down rates of infection, hospitalization, and death, and defeat this pandemic once and for all.”
The city-run sites include Dodger Stadium, Hansen Dam, San Fernando Park, Crenshaw Christian Center and Lincoln Park.
Those seeking first doses may still schedule appointments for the most recently built site at Los Angeles Pierce College, who will be distributing 4,600 of Los Angeles’ 58,000 doses this week.
As city officials have asked for more supply of vaccines, city vaccination sites were forced to shut down after Thursday last week, as they administered the entire supply given.
“I want to be clear. Los Angeles needs more doses,” Garcetti said on Feb. 10. “We learned that other cities with smaller populations are receiving more doses than our entire county with a larger population. When we look to cities with lower cases, we see 50% more doses going to other cities.”
L.A. County-run sites also began prioritizing second doses last week, but will not be administering first doses at any of its eight sites.