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 approved her motion directing the County to partner with transportation operators, authorities, and companies to ensure community members, particularly those 65 and older, can access vaccination points of dispensing (PODs) with ease.
“I am disappointed in the inequities reflected so far in the vaccine roll out, and calling on our departments and medical providers to fulfill our shared responsibility to ensure the vaccine gets to our most vulnerable.
“Communities of color have been hardest hit by the pandemic and our response all along – including with the vaccine – has been to tackle that head on.
“With this motion, we are making sure that everyone, even our most vulnerable and sometimes hidden residents, can get the vaccine.
“With a county this size, offering transportation options to vaccination sites is critical. Additionally, we have a responsibility to bring the vaccine directly to those in the community – particularly at public housing sites and senior centers. President Biden’s administration recently announced mobile vaccination units arriving in Los Angeles County, and our Department of Public Health is working to deploy other mobile resources, reflecting the significant need for this service.
“It is clear that mobilizing more accessible options to the vaccine is integral to a successful vaccination campaign. It is not only a matter of equity, but also a matter of ethics: it is the right thing to do.”
Transportation is often a barrier for low-income communities that heavily rely on public transit for daily tasks. The median household income of the average Metro bus rider is just $18,000, and many come from communities of color. In addition, just 25% of bus riders have access to a car. These riders have been most impacted by the pandemic and need help accessing vaccination sites.
The passage of today’s motion instructs the Director of the County’s Office of Emergency Management, through the County Emergency Operations Center, including the Director of Public Health, to partner, coordinate, and execute necessary agreements with municipal and regional transit operators, authorities and companies, and evaluate where possible, re-routing the County’s own transit services to provide direct access to County PODs.
The motion also asks for the Directors to develop mobile options to offer other mechanisms to bring the COVID-19 vaccine to residents and report back to the Board of Supervisors in 14 days on implementation.
To view the motion, visit http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/bos/supdocs/153649.pdf.
CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov