LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis released the following statement on the expansion of vaccine eligibility to all residents over the age of 16.
“The day that so many of us have been waiting for has arrived. Today, every person over the age of 16 in Los Angeles County is eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. With this move, we are one big step closer to putting this pandemic behind us once and for all, and building toward our new, more equitable normal.
The County has established over 700 vaccination sites and is hoping to receive millions more doses over the coming weeks. Though these next few weeks may require some patience, we anticipate there will be enough supply to vaccinate every adult in the County by the end of June. When you have your chance, I encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible, and to share your experience with your friends and family – especially those who may still be hesitant to get vaccinated.
For those who still have some concerns receiving the vaccine, I encourage you to talk to your loved ones who have been vaccinated and reach out to your doctor for any personal health concerns related to the vaccine. I want to assure everyone that the data shows overwhelmingly that these vaccines are safe, especially when compared to the risk of severe outcomes from contracting COVID-19. The County’s case, hospitalization, and death rates have plummeted since we began administering vaccines during the winter surge. This is not by chance – it is directly related to our increasing vaccination efforts. And I have seen firsthand the relief on the faces of our residents as they’ve received the vaccine, knowing they won’t have to live each day in continuous fear and anxiety due to this virus.
As the County expands eligibility to nearly 5 million residents, I am committed to ensuring an equitable rollout of the vaccine. With millions more residents looking to register at once, we must learn from the significant disparities characterizing our initial vaccine response and continue our concerted efforts to ensure no one – regardless of their ethnicity, their zip code, their occupation, or ability to access the internet – is left behind. For those with the digital means to book an appointment, you can schedule your appointment at myturn.ca.gov. And if you do not have internet access, please call 833-540-0473 between 8 AM and 8:30 PM. In order to overcome hesitancy and ensure community members are made aware of nearby vaccine sites, our community health workers, or promotores, will continue to be deployed to connect with hard-to-reach areas and speak to people directly. They are a critical tool in spreading accurate information in a culturally, linguistically competent manner.
Let’s come together, as we have for over a year, and get everyone vaccinated so we can finally end this pandemic once and for all.”
Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov
Stephany Villaseñor, Communications Deputy, (213) 308-9017 or SVillasenor@bos.lacounty.gov