Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a series of steps to expand COVID-19 vaccine access among Angelenos at Los Angeles-City run sites on Monday.
Efforts include extending hours to 8 p.m. at nine fixed City-run sites; administering all three approved vaccines at mass vaccination centers; and offering doses appointment-free across Los Angeles. These increases in operations come on the heels of the announcement by public health professionals that 12 to 15-year-olds are eligible to get vaccinated.
“We can end this pandemic, restore public health, and rebuild our economy, but only if we can put vaccines within reach of every Angeleno, regardless of income, zip code, or neighborhood,” said Garcetti in a statement. “With expanded hours and growing eligibility, we are doing everything we can to reach residents who have yet to get vaccinated — and make it as easy and safe as possible to deliver doses across our communities.”
To get the vaccines into more arms across Los Angeles, the City eliminated the appointment requirement and piloted evening hours earlier this month. After seeing a 200% increase in demand for evening vaccinations over the last two weeks, the City will extend hours until 8 p.m. at all of its permanent locations, except for Dodger Stadium, which will remain open until 4 p.m.
All fixed sites will operate from Monday to Saturday, with the exception of Dodger Stadium, which will permanently close on Thursday, May 20.
Most mobile locations will operate between Tuesday and Saturday from the hours of 9 am to 3 p.m., except for two-night clinics at South L.A. Wetlands Park and Sylmar Recreation Center, which will run until 9 p.m.
Angelenos who visit any fixed site with extended hours will be able to choose from any of the three vaccines currently available: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.
This week, City vaccination sites will have the capacity to administer roughly 250,000 doses to Angelenos across 10 permanent sites and each of the Mobile Outreach for Vaccine Equity (MOVE) clinics.
Equity remains a key focus of the City’s vaccination program. The MOVE initiative delivers doses directly to neighborhoods most impacted by the pandemic, administering 111,719 so far. This week, the City will deploy 10 mobile teams, serving residents in South L.A., East L.A. and parts of the Valley, including South Park, Chesterfield Square/Harvard Park, Vermont Vista, Watts, Boyle Heights, Wilmington, Van Nuys, Sylmar and others.
Pre-registration is not required, but Angelenos who wish to plan ahead can visit here to sign up or find the nearest location.
Cal/OSHA Drops Mask Mandate For Fully Vaccinated Workers
California regulators voted Thursday to drop the mask mandate for fully vaccinated workers.
The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) approved a measure to align with the statewide June 15 face covering guidelines.
Last month, the board voted to only allow workers to remove masks if all employees in the room were vaccinated.
Unvaccinated employees must still wear face masks in indoor settings, according to Cal/OSHA
The guidelines require face coverings, such as N95 masks, to be given to unvaccinated workers by request, in place of physical distancing.
However, masks are not required for vaccinated and unvaccinated workers while outdoors, according to the regulations.
Businesses are still able to be more strict than the guidelines, according to Cal/OSHA.
Governor Gavin Newsom said earlier this week that he would sign an executive order that allows the new regulations to go into effect immediately, to avoid the 10-day administrative law review.
Certain settings, including public transit, still require all employees and patrons to wear face coverings, regardless of vaccination status, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Students and staff that are indoors in K-12 schools, childcare and other youth settings are also expected to still wear masks. Healthcare settings, including long-term care facilities, will also still require face coverings.
In order to be considered fully vaccinated, residents must wait two weeks after their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or the first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to Public Health.
Los Angeles County Modifies Health Officer Order As Full Reopening Takes Effect
Los Angeles County has now fully aligned with the state on masking orders as the full reopening across California takes effect.
The modifications, which took effect on June 15, now allow fully vaccinated residents to not wear a mask in most businesses, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health.
Face coverings are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, for public transit, transportation hubs, indoors in K-12 schools, other youth settings and healthcare settings.
Masks are also still required at long-term care facilities, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, emergency shelters and cooling centers.
Everyone can remove their masks outdoors, except people who are not fully vaccinated attending large outdoor events, according to Public Health.
Sector-specific protocols remain in place for indoor K-12 schools, daycares, camps and high-risk congregate settings, according to the department.
Currently, California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) requires masking, unless all employees in the room are vaccinated.
Board members said the regulation is temporary and officials are working for a replacement. If the board had voted against the proposal, the existing standard, which requires all employees to wear masks at all times, would have remained in place.
Cal/OSHA is meeting Thursday to modify the regulation, according to the state.
Governor Gavin Newsom visited Six Flags Magic Mountain on Wednesday to celebrate the reopening, saying the Golden State is “roaring back.”
Newsom announced a new incentive, a chance at one of 50,000 Six Flags tickets, if residents get a COVID-19 vaccine at select sites.
L.A. County residents also have an opportunity to win a pair of season tickets to the 2021-2022 home season of the Clippers, the Rams or the Chargers.
Through June 17, at County-run vaccination sites, participating L.A. city and mobile sites, and St. John’s Well Child and Family Center sites, everyone 18 and older coming to get their first vaccine or who brings a first-time vaccine recipient with them to their second dose appointment will have an opportunity to win a pair of season tickets, according to Public Health.
Reopening: What Changes In Los Angeles County On June 15?
From changing mask requirements to lifted business capacities, Los Angeles County is moving toward the biggest reopening since the beginning of the pandemic.
Starting Tuesday, California is lifting capacity limits for businesses and dropping the requirement for social distancing, said Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of Health and Human Services.
Specific requirements are also expected to continue for large events, schools, daycares, day camps, high-risk congregant settings and health care facilities, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health.
On the same reopening date, masks will not be required for fully vaccinated individuals in businesses and most public settings, according to the department.
Face coverings will be required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses such as retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers and government offices serving the public.
However, there are certain settings where masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
Masks are still required on public transit including airplanes, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-shares.
Face coverings will also be needed in transportation hubs such as airports, bus terminals, train stations, or any other area that provides transportation.
Students and staff that are indoors in K-12 schools, childcare and other youth settings are also expected to still wear masks. Public health officials say this change as updated K-12 schools guidance is forthcoming, pending updates for K-12 operational guidance from the CDC.
Healthcare settings, including long-term care facilities, will also still require face coverings.
Masks are still needed at correctional facilities, detention centers, homeless shelters, emergency shelters and cooling centers.
Additionally, employers and workplaces must continue to comply with California Occupational Safety and Health Standards (Cal/OSHA) standards.
Cal/OSHA approved a measure to keep the face-covering requirement at sites with unvaccinated workers last week.
In order to be considered fully vaccinated, residents must wait two weeks after their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or the first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to the CDC.
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