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The city of Los Angeles announced that it would be opening vaccinations to all adults, on Tuesday, ahead of California’s April 15 target date.

With no restrictions, Angelenos age 16 and older were allowed to make appointments over the weekend in order to start vaccinations on Tuesday, April 13.

“Opening vaccine eligibility to all Angelenos who are 16 and older is a major milestone in our efforts to get more shots into more arms and defeat COVID-19 once and for all,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “We urge patience as we continue to ramp up our operations, obtain more doses, and enter this new phase of our campaign to end the pandemic, but our commitment remains clear: as soon as vaccines are available, we are ready to administer them swiftly and safely.”

As vaccine distribution has gradually increased over the weeks, Los Angeles has received about 54,000 Pfizer doses, 60,000 Moderna doses and 15,000 Johnson & Johnson doses this week.

About 60,000 of those vaccines will be allocated for people who need a first dose, while 70,000 will go to those needing their second doses of either Pfizer or Moderna.

L.A. County saw COVID-19 related hospitalizations drop below 500 on Sunday for a total of 492. At the county’s early-January peak, the average of hospitalizations were more than 8,000.

LA Weekly