Health officials said today that Los Angeles County will again keep the majority of vaccinations available next week to provide second doses to those ready to receive them, with major county-run sites administering the second doses exclusively.
“In the coming week, the majority of appointments at our vaccination sites will continue for the second dose,” said Dr. Paul Simon, chief scientific officer of the provincial public health department. “We will only offer the second doses at our Mega-POD (Point of Distribution) sites.”
County-run Mega-PODs are located in Pomona Fairplex, Magic Mountain, Forum, and the County Office of Education in Downey and Cal State Northridge.
He said the first doses will be available in other locations, primarily in health centers, pharmacies, and “other service providers serving the areas most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The county receives nearly 200,000 doses each week, although the actual amount varies widely from week to week, making advance planning for reservations difficult. Supplies have been so limited this week that the city of Los Angeles had to shut down the vaccination site at Dodger Stadium and four other sites over the weekend because they had run out of supplies by Thursday noon. It’s unclear how the ongoing county shortage will affect Dodger Stadium’s location next week.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said late Wednesday that the site has run out of vaccine because city allocations are down more than 80% week after week.
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“This week we received only 16,000 new doses. It depends on the number of new doses we give each day,” he said. This is 90,000 lower than the previous week. this is unacceptable “.
The mayor said Wednesday, “In a briefing from our county partners this morning, we learned that other cities with smaller populations are receiving more doses than our entire county with more residents. When we look at places with fewer cases, we see 50% more doses. You go to other cities. I don’t want to take a single dose of them, but it’s only fair that Los Angeles gets a steady supply to meet our moment of need. “
According to The Fresno Bee, the Fresno County allowance has doubled to 19,000 doses this week. Last week, the county got 8,000.
So who is responsible for the provisions?
The United States government determines how many doses each state gets each week. The country divides these doses between provinces and major health systems. The county will then issue a city allotment.
The CA uses a formula to estimate the number of people who are eligible in an area to determine benefits. But the downturn in Los Angeles last week and this week doesn’t seem fair given the numbers above.
“We share their frustration,” said Dr. Paul Simon of Los Angeles County. We are all disappointed. We know we could do more if we had more doses. For example, we now receive about 200,000 doses per week, and as we survey all of our providers, we are confident that we can administer up to 600,000 doses per week. So we have a much greater capacity if we could get the available vaccine. “
Both Simon and county health official Dr. Monto Davis said increased supplies will be critical as more people become eligible for the shots – indicating that the state plans to expand eligibility next month to all people 16 years of age or older with medical conditions. Or basic disabilities making
They are more likely to die or become seriously ill from Covid.
Davis recognized the downward trends that are generally improving in everyday situations, but stressed that while the numbers are improving, they are still high, and “the risk of exposure to someone with COVID-19 may not know that it is still very high.”
Regarding vaccinations, Simon said the latest numbers show 1,345,949 doses have been administered in the county, of which 1,047,074 are first doses. A total of 13.5% of county residents aged 16 years and over received at least one dose, and 3.8% of these residents were fully vaccinated.
The City News Service contributed to this report.