LA County Boasts of Opening More COVID-19 Vaccination Sites but Are they Really Capable of Delivering?
Vaccines are now offered to residents over the age of 65, but the actual process of obtaining an appointment to get the shot is more difficult than advertised
January 25, 2021
LA County's Department of Public Health announced today the opening of large-scale COVID-19 vaccination sites and introduced a website for making appointments. The vaccine is now available to health care workers, staff and residents of long-term care facilities, and county residents 65 years and older.
The actual process of obtaining a vaccine may be more difficult than advertised, however. The website offers multiple pharmacies which then do not allow appointments to be made and clearly do not have the COVID-19 vaccine available. The phone number given for use of people without Internet access ends up cutting off callers instead of answering calls. They probably should have done a test run before sending out a press release claiming to be able to give out mass appointments to elderly residents.
For what it's worth, the five new sites allegedly opened today are:
• Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768
• The Forum, 3900 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90305
• California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330
• A. County Office of Education, 12830 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242
• Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355
These sites were chosen for their "regional accessibility" according to the DPH and their ability to handle large capacities of people. Dodger's Stadium is also a vaccination drive-up site.
Appointments are supposed to be able to be made at the county's website: VaccinateLACounty.com
Vaccines are free and available to all residents, regardless of immigration status. However, at this time, proof must be provided of age or employment as a health care worker.
The county claims that so far more than 348,000 vaccinations have been given, 77,000 of which are second doses. This is better than the national average, according to the DPH.
Additionally, 335 of 340 skilled nursing facilities have already administered first doses of the two-dose vaccine to their staff and residents.
The number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations has been decreasing from a high of roughly 15,000 new cases per day to almost half that since the January 1. All the same, over 1 million residents of LA County have already experienced the illness, about 10 percent of the population. Further, a variant of the virus that is more infectious has been detected in the county. If vaccinations cannot proceed at a vastly advanced rate, few residents will be able to escape the virus.