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Los Angeles Gets a New Vaccination Site

Eugene Adams

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As has been the case for months now, good news and bad news is coming out about the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The good news is that the number of infections has been dropping significantly in Los Angeles and America as a whole. 

The average number of new cases per day is below 100,000 for the first time since November 4th. That is great news. People really do need to start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. If we can keep the numbers dropping, we can start to return to something that resembles regular life sooner rather than later. 

The bad news is that new variants threaten all the progress we have made. The B.1.1.7 variant that originated in the United Kingdom is at least 50% more contagious. Experts are worried that the strain might become the dominant one by the end of March. 

However, the South African variant is the one that is worrying Dr. Fauci. He calls the new data out of South Africa sobering. People who were infected with the original virus have been infected with the South African strain. That leads to worries about immunity to other variants not protecting people. Our current vaccine also doesn’t appear to work as well. They offered some protection, but significantly less. 

Two New Vaccine Sites

The state of California is getting two new vaccination centers. The Oakland Coliseum and Cal State Los Angeles will be those centers. The good news about these centers is that they are supported by the federal government. The vaccines they give will come directly from the federal government and not California.

This is significant because California has been rationing the vaccine due to the vaccine shortage. The Cal State Los Angeles vaccination site will open on February 16th. The site has the capacity to vaccinate up to 6,000 people daily for a minimum of 6 weeks. 

This is good because California desperately needs more vaccines to keep up with demand. March 15th will lead to even more demand since it will be available to more high-risk people. 

Starting March 15th, people with the following conditions will be eligible for the vaccination. 

  • Cancer Patients 
  • Chronic kidney disease, Stage 4 or above
  • People who are oxygen-dependent due to chronic pulmonary disease
  • People with Down Syndrome
  • People in an immunocompromised state due to an organ transplant 
  • Pregnancy
  • People with Sickle cell disease
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies. But not hypertension. 
  • Severe obesity 
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%

First Doses Still Low

Having a Los Angeles vaccination site that uses doses from the federal government is important. Los Angeles doesn't have enough vaccines to give many first doses. 

According to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti:

“Last week we only received 16,000 new doses. That’s about the number of new doses we give out every single day. That is down 90,000 from the week before. That is unacceptable.”

Mayor Garcetti expects the city to receive 58,000 doses this week. That is an improvement, but it’s still a far cry from the 90,000 doses Los Angeles used to receive. 

This lack of doses will lead to very few people receiving their first dose of the vaccine. Los Angeles has been consistent in following all CDC guidelines. The CDC guidelines are clear about prioritizing second doses over first doses. 

Mass vaccination centers will only be giving second doses of the vaccine for at least another week. Hopefully, the city receives more vaccines soon. The longer it takes to get people vaccinated, the more at risk we are for letting more deadly or infectious variants run wild. 

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