COVID-19 vaccination registration opens to all LA County residents 65 and older.
They can start getting shots as early as tomorrow.
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.
The system crashed for several hours Tuesday, but it's back online today, Wednesday.
As of mid-day, the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona was fully booked, but the site at the Forum in Inglewood showed appointments available tomorrow, while Cal State Northridge had an availability today and tomorrow.
Appointments beyond this week remain unclear, given uncertainty about the county's supply of vaccine doses.
With about 1.3 million seniors living in the county, demand will be high.
And when access was expanded, there were only about 50,000 appointments left at vaccination sites throughout the county.
Officials concede supply is "extremely limited" and many of those healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents and staff at the front of the line are still waiting for shots.
"We have a very robust strategy in place already for vaccinating healthcare workers and we are going to continue to use all of those strategies to try to get to the remaining healthcare workers. But we also have a need to start vaccinating 65 and older who are higher risk," says Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer.
She says "So yes we are going to do both at the same time acknowledging we don't have enough vaccine on hand to complete both groups this week but over time yes, we will be able to get to everyone in both of those groups."
County officials are hoping to get more vaccines and at a regular pace under the incoming Biden administration.