Starting Monday, L.A. County is expanding vaccine eligibility to teachers, food and agriculture workers, childcare workers, emergency service workers and first responders.
Those in “Tier 1B” can begin making appointments for their first doses, although healthcare workers and people 65 and older will still be prioritized for their second doses.
“Our vaccination program has weathered many challenges, but we have made it clear that nothing will interfere with our mission to deliver this life saving vaccine to Angelenos as quickly and as safely as possible,” Mayor Garcetti said in a statement. “Opening eligibility to more groups of essential workers will save more lives and accelerate our recovery. We are encouraged to hear commitments for more vaccines coming from our federal and state partners, and stand ready to scale up our operations so we can end this pandemic.”
The County expects to receive 269,000 doses to be distributed this week, with 103,000 being allocated to first doses.
The City of Los Angeles said it will be receiving 70,000 Moderna vaccines for its six city-run sites, including Dodger Stadium and those needing second doses being prioritized.
L.A. residents needing first doses can make an appointment for the Pierce College vaccination site.
While the State of California announced that vaccination eligibility will expand to residents between 16 and 64 years old with certain disabilities or severe underlying medical conditions on March 15, L.A. County Public Health has not yet given guidance for that tier.
On February 28, 1,064 single-day COVID-19 cases were reported in L.A. County with 107 new single-day deaths. There are currently 1,661 people in the county hospitalized with COVID-19, 32% of them being treated in an Intensive Care Unit.