An executive order directing public health officials to start offering appointments to seniors on Thursday has been signed and it's expected to be ratified by the Board of Supervisors.
While the state last week expanded access to everyone 65 and older, county public health officials decided to wait, saying there wasn't even enough vaccine for the hundreds of thousands of healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents and employees at the front of the line.
If you are 65 years of age and older, you can start signing up today.
Residents in this high-priority age group should visit VaccinateLACounty.com to schedule their appointments, which will begin Wednesday, January 20th. Residents who don’t have computer access may call (833) 540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. for assistance with reservations.
COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall tonight at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - find out more information: https://twitter.com/lapublichealth/status/1350241661587054596?s=20
Two supervisors, including Janice Hahn, started pushing for immediate access for all seniors.
"I'm not as concerned that we don't have enough doses. What I'm concerned about is that, of the doses we have been given, we have only gotten about 50 percent of those in peoples' arms," Hahn says.
As of Friday, fewer than half of the county's first-dose shots and about 30% of second-dose shots had been administered. Hahn says with seniors accounting for so many COVID-related deaths, this group needs to be protected as soon as possible.
"The best thing we can do, to reduce the number of people that go the hospital, is to vaccinate this population," she says.
Hahn, who is 68 years old, says she's eager to get vaccinated after pretty much spending the past 10 months at home.