Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, issued the following statement to announce a partnership with JWCH Institute Inc. to launch a new COVID-19 community vaccination center at the Bell Community Center, 6250 Pine Avenue, in Bell to service the Southeast Los Angeles region. The opening of this center will ensure that residents and workers from the communities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood, South Gate, Walnut Park, and Vernon have equitable access to the vaccine.

“The COVID-19 crisis has been most severe in areas such as Southeast Los Angeles where residents serve as frontline essential workers, live in multi-generational or 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. To date, there have been 59,514 COVID-19 confirmed cases across the Southeast Los Angeles communities in the First District and 813 COVID-19 related deaths. In addition, the region has only roughly vaccinated approximately 55 percent of its eligible residents, compared to other areas in the County, many of which have vaccinated in the high 70s to even over 90 percent of its eligible residents.

Although some progress has been made, the data continues to highlight the inequities in our health efforts, with hard-hit areas like Southeast Los Angeles receiving fewer vaccines while bearing the brunt of this pandemic. We must ensure equity remains at the forefront of our vaccination efforts. COVID-19 has exacerbated so many longstanding disparities in the Southeast Los Angeles region, and I have vowed to tackle these issues head-on.

To that end, I am proud to partner with JWCH Institute Inc., an FQHC that serves as a beacon of hope for some of our most vulnerable, in launching this community vaccination center. Bringing doses of hope directly to Southeast Los Angeles will provide older adults, food and agriculture workers, individuals disabilities or underlying health conditions, and other populations eligible, with an accessible manner to get immunized.

I remain committed to ensuring an equitable distribution of the vaccine as more supply becomes available and am thankful to our Southeast Los Angeles cities and community stakeholders for helping us get as many shots in arms as possible in the last couple of weeks through mobile vaccination unit and clinic pop-ups.

This is the beginning of a new chapter in Southeast Los Angeles – a region I am so grateful and honored to represent.”

Further details on this vaccination site including a launch date and registration logistics are forthcoming.