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L.A. Public Health said more than 2 million people have been fully vaccinated as more than 6 million doses have been administered in L.A. County.

As L.A. County expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all adults without restrictions, more than 70% of adults older than 65 have already received at least one dose.

While Johnson & Johnson has not restarted its vaccine distribution in the U.S., L.A. County has supplemented 70% of those doses with Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, receiving 362,000 doses for the week.

As of Monday, more than 10 million Californians have been fully vaccinated with 25.7 million vaccination being distributed statewide and 51% of adults receiving at least their first dose.

Nationwide, positive COVID-19 cases have increased by 22% as businesses reopen and lockdown orders lift, but as vaccination numbers increase in the county, L.A. Public Health said increased COVID-19 transmission rates are not “inevitable” in Los Angeles.

“While in the past, high rates of transmission on the east coast have translated a few weeks later to increases in cases in L.A. County, I don’t believe this pattern in inevitable,” L.A. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Monday. “Our circumstances are different now than in the past because we have millions of residents and workers vaccinated, however, to maintain the gains we’ve made, we must continue to take care of ourselves and each other, especially as we are reopening.”

L.A. County reported 18 single-day COVID-19 deaths and 337 positive cases Monday, although the numbers could reflect a lag in reporting by some hospitals. There are also 470 COVID-19 related hospitalizations, a 96% decline from the county’s peak of more than 11,000 hospitalizations in early January.

LA Weekly