LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved a motion authored by Chair of the Board Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, which supports advocating for more federal and state assistance, with a focus on vaccine deployment, flexible financial assistance, and an equitable distribution of financial assistance that focuses not only on population numbers, but on the financial and economic needs of the population, density of small businesses and entrepreneurs, vulnerable communities, and other characteristics that more accurately reflect the true needs of Los Angeles County:
“Equity must be Los Angeles County’s north star in distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Chair Solis. “We have a responsibility to make sure it reaches the populations that have been most impacted – particularly communities of color. It is critical that we use the data we have available, that we’ve collected all these months, to guide our decisions. As the Country prepares for one or more vaccines to be made available, it is essential that we have concrete plans to adequately prepare for the distribution of the vaccine. This motion seeks to do just that, as well as advocate for additional funding to meet the local needs of our most vulnerable hard-working families who continue to struggle in this crisis.”
The motion directs Los Angeles County’s Chief Executive Office Legislative Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations Branch, in consultation with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and other County departments, to advocate for flexible and ongoing Federal and State funding for counties to develop and implement plans for the anticipated COVID-19 vaccine and for other essential activities to meet the local needs to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The motion also directs the County’s Department of Public Health, in collaboration with partner organizations, to assure that the local implementation of vaccine distribution, based on federal and state guidelines, prioritizes equity.
To view the motion, click here.
CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov