LA County will open 5 large-scale coronavirus vaccination sites next week
Five large-scale vaccination sites will begin operating across Los Angeles County on Tuesday, Jan. 19, as public health officials push to further expand its ability to inoculate as many people from the coronavirus as quickly as possible.
Officials announced the new sites, which touch every corner of the county, on Friday, Jan. 15, the same day Dodger Stadium opened as one of the nation’s largest vaccination sites.
The new sites — chosen for both their location and size — will be able to vaccinate about 4,000 people a day at each site, a major step toward the county’s goal of vaccinating an additional 500,000 frontline healthcare workers by the end of the month, the county’s announcement said. Dodger Stadium has the space to vaccinate up to 12,000 folks a day, though it also will only welcome healthcare workers for now.
This week, the county has vaccinated 80,000 people at community vaccination sites, the announcement said.
“In LA County we have to vaccinate 10 million people, twice,” Supervisor Janice Hahn said in a written statement. “These large-scale vaccination sites are going to help us get there by massively increasing our capacity to vaccinate people quickly and efficiently.”
The five new sites are:
- Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave;
- The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd, in Inglewood;
- California State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St.;
- L.A. County Office of Education, 12830 Columbia Way, in Downey;
- Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, in Valencia;
California officials, in an effort to more quickly inoculate the public at large, announced earlier this week that local officials could offer coronavirus vaccines for people 65 and older. Most of Los Angeles County, though, will focus its efforts for at least the rest of January on frontline healthcare workers, and residents and staff in skilled nursing facilities and other long-term care facilities.
Long Beach is the lone exception: That city, which runs its own health department, will begin vaccinating those 75 and older on Saturday, Jan. 16.
To get vaccinated at the county-run sites, healthcare workers must be residents and have documents to verify their eligibility. There are several ways to verify, including:
- A healthcare worker badge with a photo;
- A professional license and a photo identification;
- A signed letter from an employer and a photo ID; or
- A payment stub from a healthcare provider with a name and a photo ID.
“As we continue to vaccinate our frontline healthcare workers, these vaccination sites will have the capability to increase the number we are vaccinating daily many times over,” Barbara Ferrer, the county’s director of Public Health, said in a statement. “By vaccinating those at the highest risk as soon as possible, we have an opportunity to stabilize our healthcare system, prevent people from being hospitalized from COVID-19, and most importantly, save lives.”