Leading with Equity: Vaccination Efforts Across the First District

For over a year and a half, the coronavirus pandemic has dramatically altered the lives of residents across LA County. Over 1.2 million residents have tested positive, and tragically over 24,000 have lost their lives. Businesses have been upended, schools and places of worship had to close, and stark disparities that have long existed within the County were exposed.

To meet this unprecedented challenge, Supervisor Solis has made equity the guiding principle for the County’s COVID-19 response. Early in the pandemic, that meant protecting essential workers, setting up testing sites in hard-hit communities, and providing personal protective equipment to those most at risk.

And this year, with three highly effective vaccines available to slow the spread and save lives, the Supervisor has worked tirelessly to lower barriers and increase access for all residents, regardless of where they live. This map provides a timeline for vaccination rates in the First District and shows vaccine clinics and mobile units that were set up at the Supervisor’s direction in partnership with community-based organizations and health providers. Through these coordinated efforts, disparities in vaccination rates have narrowed across the First District. In light of this success, the Supervisor remains committed to eliminating barriers to vaccines to ensure that every resident who wants a vaccine can get one, so we can one day put this pandemic behind us once and for all.

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  • Early February

    Early February

    In early February, the first set of data was released breaking down vaccination rates across LA County. Vaccine supplies were scarce, and many accessed vaccines through one of five mega PODs, requiring appointments in advance.

     

    These conditions left behind Latinx and Black communities, including many in the First District.

     

    In response, Supervisor Solis pushed to establish new standing sites and mobile clinics directly located in communities of need.

  • February 9, 2021

    February 9, 2021

    Recognizing the need to reach hard-hit areas, especially those lacking in traditional healthcare options, Supervisor Solis introduced a motion instructing the Department of Public Health to develop an implementation plan utilizing mobile vaccine units to bring these doses directly to residents. This would lay the groundwork for the expansive mobile vaccination efforts that are underway today.

  • February 16, 2021

    February 16, 2021

    At the Supervisor’s direction, the County partnered with FEMA and the State to create one of the first federally run coronavirus vaccination sites at California State University – Los Angeles. Not only was this vaccination site established in an area of need, but it was also accompanied by three mobile clinics that would target hard-to-reach communities.

  • February 23, 2021

    February 23, 2021

    To address racial inequities in vaccination rates and to help ensure that the vaccine was equitably distributed throughout the County, Supervisor Solis authored a motion to instruct the Department of Public Health to utilize more equitable data metrics to inform vaccine distribution. This would ensure a wide array of critical populations’ needs were met, from essential workers to persons experiencing homelessness. It also helped establish the framework for the wide array of vaccine providers available today, including healthcare providers, pharmacies, and partnerships at schools and houses of worship.

  • March 9, 2021

    March 9, 2021

    To ensure essential workers had access to the vaccine, the Supervisor introduced a motion instructing the Department of Public Health and the Department of Health Services to work with labor partners to expand the need of vaccine clinic hours. This would help those working nontraditional hours have access to these critical vaccines.

     

    Additionally, the Supervisor introduced a motion to ensure that of the limited supply the County received, 40% went to the communities hit hardest and most vulnerable to the pandemic.

  • March 16, 2021

    March 16, 2021

    At Supervisor Solis’ direction, a vaccination clinic was launched at the Grace T. Black Auditorium in El Monte in partnership with the City of El Monte and the East Valley Community Health Center. This site targeted residents in the San Gabriel Valley, a region that was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic yet had one of the lowest vaccination rates.

  • March 22, 2021

    March 22, 2021

    Although vaccination rates in some of the hard-hit areas in LA County began to improve, Southeast Los Angeles continued to experience some of the lowest vaccine rates in the County, often a third of the rate of affluent neighborhoods despite having three times the case rates.

     

    In response, Supervisor Solis partnered with JWCH Institute, Inc. and the City of Bell to establish the Southeast Los Angeles Community Vaccination Center at the Bell Community Center. Thanks to the remarkable work done at this clinic and the work of mobile clinics, Southeast LA seniors now enjoy some of the highest vaccination rates in the County.

  • March 23, 2021

    March 23, 2021

    As vaccination options began to increase across the County, the Supervisor recognized that not everyone would be able to easily access a vaccination site. This was especially true for our most vulnerable residents – those who are homebound. To further expand access, the Supervisor introduced a motion to establish a County mobile vaccination program to target homebound residents.

  • April 1, 2021 – April 8, 2021

    A young man receives a COVID vaccine.

    The first set of data is released regarding mobile unit locations, and in the early stages of this program the Supervisor secured multiple locations in SD-1.

  • April 6, 2021

    April 6, 2021

    As part of her continued efforts to ensure equity in the County’s COVID-19 response, the Supervisor recognized that of the over 10 million residents in LA County, more than 54 percent speak a language other than English at home. In response, the Supervisor introduced a motion to ensure all residents at the County-operated points of dispensing have trained staff fluent in the languages of the communities where they are providing services.

  • April 15, 2021 – April 22, 2021

    An older woman receives a COVID-19 vaccine

    Thanks to the Supervisor’s leadership, the capacity of mobile units in the County has significantly increased. She created partnerships with community stakeholders across the First District to set up a number of vaccination sites in SD-1.

     

    The Supervisor also partnered with Fulgent Genetics and the Department of Parks and Recreation to create a long-term vaccine clinic at Sunshine Park in La Puente, which had experienced lower vaccination rates.

  • April 20, 2021

    April 20, 2021

    As case rates across the County continued to drop and schools began to re-open for in-person instruction, students returned to the classroom amid reports of even greater need for mental health supports due to the pandemic. The Supervisor recognized that for many students, schools were the first stop for mental health support, and with schools closed for in-person instruction during the pandemic, many students went without critical aid and resources. To address this issue, the Supervisor introduced a motion for the Department of Mental Health to partner with the Los Angeles County Office of Education to provide greater resources to students in the classroom and provide training opportunities for teachers and school faculty to help identify and treat mental health crises.

  • April 22, 2021 – April 29, 2021

    April 22, 2021 – April 29, 2021

    For the first time, supply for vaccines begins to surpass the demand. Mobile clinics continue to serve as a critical strategy in reaching hard-hit areas by coming directly into the community. The capacity of mobile units is further expanded.

  • May 4, 2021

    May 4, 2021

    Although case rates were low and the County rapidly progressed through the State’s re-opening tiers, many businesses and restaurants were still recovering from a year’s worth of pandemic health measures. To provide further assistance to businesses and restaurants impacted heavily by the pandemic’s closures and capacity restrictions, the Supervisor introduced a motion to postpone the collection of environmental health fees until September, giving businesses more time to recover from the pandemic before needing to pay administrative fees.

  • May 18, 2021

    May 18, 2021

    As vaccine supply began to outpace demand, many essential workers identified a major barrier for getting vaccinated – time off work. In response, the Supervisor introduced a motion providing an additional 4 hours of paid leave to workers in unincorporated areas of the County, making it easier to access vaccines for those who had exhausted their existing federal and State benefits.

  • June 2, 2021

    June 2, 2021

    To create more vaccine clinics in accessible locations, a long-term site is created at the Metro station at Walnut Park. Convenient vaccination sites like these are critical for reaching essential workers who may not have the time to take off from work to get vaccinated.

  • June 8, 2021

    June 8, 2021

    To boost vaccination rates, the Supervisor introduced a motion declaring June 2021 a County Month Action for Vaccinations. This motion instructed the Department of Public Health to coordinate with other County Departments to partner with businesses, influential members of the community, faith- and community-based organizations, and other collaborators to promote vaccinations and reduce barriers to access.

  • June 15, 2021

    June 15, 2021

    Although significant progress had been made in closing disparity gaps with seniors, they remained with younger Latinx and Black residents, including in Southeast Los Angeles. To provide further opportunities to Southeast LA and the nearby East Los Angeles region, the Supervisor established a long-term vaccination site at the Commerce Senior Citizens Center, open to the public without the need for an advance appointment.

COVID -19 RESOURCES

CA COVID-19 Rent Relief

Income eligible households who need financial assistance for unpaid rent and utilities will be able to apply for help through the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, which is being administered by the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.

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Financial Navigators

Financial Navigators are here to help prioritize your financial concerns, identify immediate action steps, and make referrals to other social services and resources that may offer long-term assistance.

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FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program

Residents who have experienced loss of a loved one due to COVID-19 can apply for financial help to cover funeral expenses through FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program.

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CalFresh Food Stamps

CalFresh, known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, provides monthly food benefits to individuals and families with low-income and provides economic benefits to communities.

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East Los Angeles Entrepreneur Resource Center

The East Los Angeles Entrepreneur Center is a FREE service offered by the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs that assists prospective and existing business owners to successfully open and grow their business in Los Angeles County.

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Find a Vaccination Site Near You

Getting vaccinated in Los Angeles County has never been easier! It’s free and open to all eligible residents regardless of immigration status.

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Vaccinations for Homebound Residents

Residents who are home-bound can request an in-home vaccination appointment. Call DPH Vaccine Call Center 833-540-0473 open daily 8am to 8:30pm, or visit the link below to request a vaccine.

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Vaccination Opportunities for Businesses

If you’re a business, a community organization, a faith group, or other organization looking to help out with vaccination efforts and host a mobile vaccination site, please fill out the form at the link below. A member of the Public Health team will be in contact with you shortly to set up an event!

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