LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion to ensure a robust and transparent implementation plan regarding the State of California’s recent announcement to reserve 40 percent of COVID-19 vaccine supplies for underserved communities.
“The data is clear: many of our neighborhoods with Black and Latinx residents, as well as those where essential workers reside, are struggling to access the vaccine at the rates of more affluent neighborhoods in the County.
The Southeast Los Angeles region has only roughly vaccinated approximately 40% of its eligible residents, compared to other areas in the County, many of which have vaccinated in the high 40s to even over 60 percent of its eligible residents. Although this is unfortunate, it is also not unexpected. Southeast Los Angeles, like many highly impacted communities throughout the County, lacks the medical facilities that typically administers the vaccine, and is populated with essential workers who simply cannot take the necessary time off work to access the larger vaccination points of distribution.
To that end, it is imperative that our most impacted be prioritized for vaccine allocations, and the Governor’s announcement can help augment County efforts in that regard. But to ensure a robust health and economic recovery, the details regarding the County’s implementation of the plan on the State’s goal is critical.”
The passage of this motion directs the Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the Department of Health Services, to deliver a written report to this Board within 14 days that contains a plan detailing how they will adhere to the State’s requirement for 40 percent of allocated vaccines to be delivered to underserved communities across the County.
The motion also directs the Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the Department of Health Services, to detail any plans to utilize more accurate and equitable metrics to augment the Healthy Places Index (HPI) measurement utilized by the State for vaccine delivery to these communities, and guarantees from the State that these criteria will meet the requirements for this allocation.
To view the motion, click here.
CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov