Majority of LA County-run vaccine sites to open exclusively for those seeking second dose

Starting next week, the majority of Los Angeles County vaccine sites will open exclusively to those looking for their second dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

The county-run sites will open on Tuesday, February 9 for those looking for dose No. 2 in LA County. The county-run sites will be open on Tuesday and through the end of the week.

However, certain sites like Dodger Stadium --  where it is administered by Los Angeles Fire Department, not LA County -- are still offering those looking for their first or second doses of the vaccine. Those looking to get a vaccine at Dodger Stadium must book an appointment beforehand and must meet be among the groups eligible for the vaccine.

Those who got the first dose received a special link that confirms the time and place of the second dose appointment.

With Friday's development, most LA County residents will not be able to get the first dose of the vaccine as most of the county-run sites will only provide the second dose to eligible residents all next week.

Dr. Paul Simon from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health said LA County has administered more than 1 million doses of the vaccines. However, only 2.6% of the population is fully vaccinated. 

"To date, nearly 850,000 persons or 10.8% of our LA County population 16 and older have received first doses. Just over 200,000 have received second doses, meaning 2.6% of our population 16 and older have now been fully vaccinated," said Simon. 

Simon said the county is performing better than "other large jurisdictions" across the country when it comes to vaccine distribution. 

"While vaccination efforts are moving more slowly than we would like, it's important to note that we have made much progress over the last several weeks. We are currently ahead of other large U.S jurisdictions in our efforts," he said. 

You can click here for more information on securing a vaccine appointment in LA County.

According to health officials, you need two doses of vaccine to get the most protection from COVID-19. Those who received the Pfizer-BioNTech doses must be given three weeks apart and Moderna doses need to be given four weeks apart. 

As of Friday, the following groups are eligible for a vaccine in Los Angeles County:

  • Healthcare workers
  • Long term care facility residents (second dose only)
  • Residents 65 and older

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