Mobile vaccination sites target high-risk groups
To make it easier for residents to get vaccinated, L.A. County has been accepting walk-ins at all county-run mass vaccination sites. This will continue at least through Thursday, while supply lasts. Anyone 16 and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated without booking an appointment at the county locations. You should bring a photo ID with you and teens 16 and 17 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
As of April 23, more than 7,000,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to people across Los Angeles County.
The vast majority (74.7%) of County residents over 65 have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Overall, 60% of L.A. County residents 65 and older are fully vaccinated. By contrast, only 24% of people between the ages of 18 through 64 are fully vaccinated. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health attributes the difference in vaccination rates to the longer period of time seniors have been eligible for the vaccine compared with younger adults: seniors have been eligible since mid-January, while many younger adults who weren’t in eligible worker groups only became eligible for the vaccine in April.
There are 111 mobile sites scheduled this week throughout L.A. County including at faith-based organizations, senior housing, food and agriculture sites, metro stations and at other community-based organizations. Mobile sites continue to focus on the County’s “highest-risk populations and the zip codes where inadequate housing, economic instability, and other factors contribute to lower levels of community health,” officials said in a statement.
At least 230 faith-based congregations across L.A. County are partnering with the Public Health Department to deliver vaccines in zip codes with high poverty rates. These collaborations have so far delivered nearly 30,000 total doses of vaccine. That’s more than twice than what this effort was projected to deliver back in March and includes more than 22,000 first doses and more than 6,500 second doses. The program is now on track to deliver more than 100,000 vaccines.