LOS ANGELES, CA –  Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, issued the following statement after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) deployed mobile vaccination clinics, as part of the Cal State LA mass vaccination site, to the City of Bell.

“With the launch of the Cal State LA mass vaccination site came two mobile vaccination units that can travel to communities outside of the campus. I am thrilled to share that at my direction, the first stop for these mobile units was Southeast LA in the City of Bell – a community that has been significantly impacted by COVID-19.

Staff with FEMA and Cal OES, along with several volunteers from LA County, distributed a total of 500 vaccines yesterday and today to residents from Southeast LA that are 65 years of age and older, and other eligible populations.

The data is clear: the COVID-19 crisis has been most severe in areas such as Southeast LA where residents serve as essential workers, live in overcrowded housing conditions, and have little to no access to healthcare. All these factors have put families living in this region at greater risk of exposure and infection.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have advocated for the County of Los Angeles to address the pandemic through an equity lens, ensuring we target and prioritize communities that have historically been underinvested and underserved. COVID-19 has exacerbated so many longstanding disparities, and I have vowed to tackle these issues head-on. My office is continuing to work with our federal and state partners, and stakeholders in the First District, to assess feasible locations such as senior apartments, local schools and businesses that can serve as points of distribution for the vaccine.

In our ongoing efforts to address racial inequities, it is imperative that we can continue to lead with equity at the forefront. It is the only way to bridge the disproportionate gaps that were exacerbated by the pandemic.”

CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov