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 ratified her Executive Order directing the County’s Department of Public Health to make COVID-19 vaccinations appointments available to residents 65 years of age.

“After both the federal government and State of California recommended that people 65 and older should be vaccinated against COVID-19 sooner, it became clear that Los Angeles County must follow suit.

“Older adults have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Our data has shown this from the beginning. Over 105,000 residents in this population have been infected with COVID-19, and tragically, more than 10,500 residents in this age range have died from this virus – that’s out of the 15,303 people who have died from COVID-19 in Los Angeles County to date.

“By protecting our elderly population, we hope to see a significant decrease in hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19 infection. When a resource is as scarce as this vaccine, we must offer it to those with the biggest risk of serious illness or death if they get sick with the virus – and those most at risk of being hospitalized and dying from COVID-19 are people over 65 years old.

“I have been so delighted to see first-hand residents 65 and older receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The stories that these older adults shared with me are stories of relief – which I had hoped to hear after signing the Executive Order to expand eligibility for this population.

“I recognize that the appointments are currently limited, and that is because we still do not have enough supplies to meet the enormous demand. However, we are working with our partners at the federal and state government, who are now aligned with the same mission: to end this pandemic. The County, along with many partners, has ramped up our infrastructure and is ready to receive more doses to vaccinate a lot more people.

“Last Friday, I sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting more vaccine doses for Los Angeles County, as we are one of the hardest hit counties in the nation, and asked for his administration to prioritize our region in rolling out his federal community vaccination centers, which would be supported by FEMA. We need these resources here in Los Angeles County, particularly in my district where the highest rates of COVID-19 occur.

“In the meantime, I urge patience and for everyone to continue to take safety precautions.”

To view the motion, visit http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/bos/supdocs/153227.pdf.

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