• Home
  • Top Stories
  • UpFront
  • Covid Vaccine Now Available for Angelenos Over 65, Concerns Over Delayed Distribution For Others Grows

Covid Vaccine Now Available for Angelenos Over 65, Concerns Over Delayed Distribution For Others Grows

| lafocus | ,

Dianne Lugo, Staff

Los Angeles is pushing forward and has opened up appointments to residents above the age of 65 to receive the COVID-19 vaccine even as California overall struggles to accurately count and report how many of the vaccine doses are distributed daily.

Gov. Gavin Newsom previously asked Californian’s to “hold me accountable” after he promised to vaccinate an additional 1 million people against COVID-19 in the span of nine days as criticism mounted because though the state has received 2 million doses of the vaccine, only one third of the doses have been administered to those eligible in the first round. To speed up vaccination rates, the state has eased restrictions to who qualifies for the shot.

In Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda SOlis issued an executive order to make appointments available to residents 65 and older.

“However, if we are to ever get out of this dark winter, it is critical that we make headway vaccinating people 65 years of age and older as soon as possible — in line with Governor Gavin Newsom’s recommendations,” she said in a statement.

California’s epidemiologist, Dr. Erica Pan, estimates that vaccinating Californian’s 65 and older as a whole could take until June to complete once again raising concerns that other groups will be waiting longer than they had hoped to get a piece of the dwindling vaccine stockpiles.

Los Angeles is set to receive 143,900 doses, but 70 percent of those doses are to be used as the second dose for healthcare workers and other eligible patients that already received their first dose of the vaccine. Only 37,900 vaccines will be left for seniors and new healthcare workers.

“Our ability to protect even more L.A. County residents in the coming weeks and months is entirely dependent and constrained by the amount of vaccine we receive each week, and often, we do not know from one week to the next how many doses will be allocated to L.A. County,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a news conference Wednesday.

For information on how eligible older residents can make an appointment visit VaccinateLACounty.com


lafocus

| lafocus | ,

More Coverage

California Senate Gets Second Chance to Pass Prison Slavery Bill This Week

Antonio‌ ‌Ray‌ ‌Harvey‌ ‌|‌ ‌California‌ ‌Black‌ ‌Media‌ On June 23, the California Senate rejected a constitutional…

Generation Z Sparking the ‘Great Resignation’ as Employers Realize Shortages

Stacy M. Brown/ NNPA Newswire The pandemic has spurred the Great Resignation phenomenon, and it is still on. Many wor…

South L.A. Church Blesses City With $20,000 in Free Gasoline

As gas prices continue to surge in California—surpassing even the federal minimum wage of $7.25 at some Los Angeles g…

Hundreds of Compton Residents Chosen for Guaranteed Income Program

Dianne Lugo Compton has joined in participating in a successful program to grant some of its residents a guaranteed i…

Pastor Tyron Robinson Named to Succeed Bishop Paul Morton

Staff Last year, nationally renowned pastor and gospel singer Bishop Paul S. Morton announced he would step down as s…

New Fund Will Grant $10,000 to Struggling Local Business Owners

Staff More relief for local Los Angeles small business owners is on the way. A new fund, the LA Regional COVID Fund, …

Probe Into Prison Deaths Ends Up Uncovering $8 Billion in Untracked State Money

Aldon Thomas Stiles | California Black Media What started out as an investigation into inmate deaths in some of Calif…

Despite Massively Successful Fundraising Efforts, Community Group Fails to Purchase Crenshaw Mall

Dianne Lugo The saga of the historic Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza ownership continues with local Black community orga…

Latest Politics

Faith Community Celebrates Famed Preacher Manuel Scott Jr.’s 40 Years of Evangelism

Bill Cosby Ordered to Pay $500K To Woman He Assaulted in 1975

The Lookout: Four California Criminal Justice Reform Laws That Took Effect This Year

Bill That Would Allow Calif. Parents to Sue Social Media Companies Moves Forward

Pres. Biden, V.P. Harris Praise Rep. Bass for Leadership on George Floyd Policing Act


© Copyright 2021 - LA Focus Newspaper