LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the State released new guidance for groups eligible for COVID vaccines starting, Monday March 15th:
“Beginning Monday, March 15th, vaccine eligibility will expand to individuals ages 16-64 with disabilities or underlying health conditions. This is the next phase in our vaccination efforts, again aimed at reaching those who are more susceptible to severe symptoms or death if they become infected with COVID-19. Individuals who fall under these categories will need to provide a self-attestation form confirming which tier they fall into (e.g. disability or medical condition). Underlying health conditions that will next be prioritized include:
- Cancer, current with debilitated or immunocompromised state
- Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
- Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent
- Down syndrome
- Solid organ transplant recipients with an immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)
- Sickle cell disease
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (excludes hypertension)
- Severe obesity (Body Mass Index ≥ 40 kg/m2)
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%
- People with developmental or other severe high-risk disabilities if they are more likely to develop severe, life threatening illness or death from COVID-19; if they acquire COVID they won’t be able to receive care; or if they cannot receive adequate and timely COVID care because of their disability.
Additionally, other high-risk groups will also be eligible starting Monday, including: individuals who reside or work in a high risk congregate residential setting (such as an incarceration/detention facility, homeless shelter, behavioral health facility), people experiencing homelessness, public transit workers, and airport and commercial airline workers.
As a reminder, the State is still vaccinating individuals who fall under prior eligible groups including: healthcare, individuals 65 years of age or older, education and childcare, emergency services, food and agriculture and janitorial services.
I am overjoyed for those individuals and their families that will soon have access to these lifesaving vaccines. I know that for many of them, this past year has been characterized by fear and uncertainty, continuously on alert and taking extra precautions due to underlying health conditions that made them particularly vulnerable to this virus. I hope that today’s announcement can bring them some measure of relief and hope, that with these vaccinations they can move forward with greater peace of mind. I remain committed to ensuring that our most vulnerable community members receive access to these vaccines and will continue to partner with the State, local leaders, and local community organizations to bring the vaccine to those in need. To find out if you are eligible or to make an appointment for a vaccine, visit: MyTurn.ca.gov or VaccinateLACounty.com.”