LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after Governor Newsom announced vaccine eligibility to include adults 50 and older starting April 1st and all adults starting April 15th.

“I applaud today’s announcement from Governor Newsom that beginning on April 1, vaccine eligibility will be expanded to all Californians over the age of 50, with all adults in California eligible on April 15. This is momentous news and after a year that has devastated the lives and livelihoods of millions of residents across Los Angeles County, could not come soon enough. We will adhere to the State’s guidelines as we did back in January, when I issued an executive order to expand vaccine eligibility to include adults 65 and older. This last year alone, over 1 million residents in Los Angeles County tested positive for the virus, and I am mindful of the over 21,000 whose lives were lost and were never given this opportunity.

For months, we have asked residents to sacrifice, to take uncomfortable and often life-altering measures to keep one another healthy and safe. Families didn’t see their loved ones, businesses were shuttered, and we all adjusted to a pandemic lifestyle that had very real impacts on our physical, mental, and financial well-being. This was incredibly difficult for many, especially given the uncertainty of how long these measures would be in place.

With this announcement, along with President Biden’s newly announced goal of administering 200 million vaccines in his first 100 days of his administration, the finish line is finally in sight. As supplies increase and vaccination opportunities become more widely available in the weeks to come, we can make real progress in beating back this virus and ushering in a new normal. When the time comes, it is my fervent hope that all residents of our County who are able will sign up for this opportunity. And on my part, I will continue to work to ensure that when the time comes everyone, regardless of insurance, immigration status, documentation, or where they live, will have access to these lifesaving vaccines.”

Details are forthcoming.