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Dodger Stadium Vaccination Site To Close By End Of May

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The Dodger Stadium COVID-19 vaccination site is expected to close by the end of May as Los Angeles transitions to appointment-free options and move more doses to walk-up centers and mobile clinics.

Mayor Eric Garcetti made the announcement on Friday as part of L.A.’s ongoing effort to bring vaccines directly into communities and make getting a shot as easy, quick, and safe as possible.

“Access and equity remain our North Stars in the campaign to protect public health and get every Angeleno vaccinated — and the Dodgers have been extraordinary partners in helping us save lives,” said Garcetti in a statement. “Dodger Stadium set the standard for sports franchises and community institutions playing a starring role in our COVID-19 response for the country. As we enter the next phase in our vaccination program with the continued support of our dedicated partners CORE, LAFD, Carbon Health, USC School of Pharmacy, Curative, and the County Department of Public Health, our City is prepared to bring doses to Angelenos and move us closer to the end of this pandemic.”

The closure of the Dodger Stadium vaccination site in the coming weeks comes on the heels of an extraordinary record of results at this storied location: since the start of the pandemic, Chavez Ravine has been the City’s home field for its COVID-19 response, where 1,038,899 Angelenos got tested, where nearly 6,000 voted in November, and where over 420,000 vaccine doses have been administered so far, according to the mayor’s office.

“Dodger Stadium is part of the fabric of Los Angeles and for the past year, it has been so much more than just a ballpark,” said Dodger President & CEO Stan Kasten in a statement. “We’re extraordinarily proud to have played a role in Los Angeles’ response to COVID-19, hosting one of the largest testing and vaccination sites in the country, and to have served as a Vote Center, which allowed thousands of Angelenos to vote safely outdoors. From day one, we told the Mayor, we’re here to help in any way we can, and that offer will continue to stand long after the last vaccine dose has been administered in our parking lot.”

The transition from mass vaccination sites to more community-based options is the next step in vaccine programs nationwide. As of today, nearly 50% of eligible Los Angeles County residents have received at least one dose and 30% are fully vaccinated, and officials are focused on reaching residents who might remain undecided and unvaccinated for a wide range of reasons, including issues of accessibility, convenience, or hesitation. 

The number of vaccination appointments offered by the City will not change; instead, the supply of doses will be scaled up at accessible locations spread out across Los Angeles like USC and through Mobile Outreach for Vaccine Equity, or MOVE, clinics, according to the mayor’s office. 

To make it even easier to get vaccinated, this week, the City will also offer vaccinations without requiring an appointment at Pierce College and Lincoln Park on Friday and Saturday. Next week, USC, Cal State LA, Southwest College, and San Fernando Park will begin accepting vaccination walk-ins without an appointment, as will all 10 mobile vaccination clinics. 

For more information on COVID-19 vaccination efforts in L.A. County, visit here.

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CDC: Fully Vaccinated People Can Go Without Masks Indoors, Outdoors

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People fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors, except under certain conditions, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a White House briefing on Thursday anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physically distancing.

 “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic,” Walensky said. “We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy.”

Walensky cited three studies, one from the United States, showing the effectiveness of vaccines. 

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.

Those who are immune-compromised are urged to speak with their doctors before not wearing a mask, according to Walensky.

A masking requirement is still in place for travel on buses, trains, planes and public transportation. Businesses and local governments are also able to require masks.

For unvaccinated people, Walensky said: “You remain at risk of mild or severe illness of death, or spreading the disease to others. You should still mask and you should get vaccinated right away.”

Last month, the agency relaxed masking guidelines for those fully protected outdoors. 

Testing and self-quarantining are also not required when traveling domestically for those who are fully vaccinated. 

In Los Angeles County, more than 8,492,810 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of these, 5,146,142 were first doses and 3,346,668 were second doses, according to the Department of Public Health.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccination efforts in L.A. County, visit here.

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Los Angeles County To Offer Pfizer Vaccine For Children 12 To 15

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Members of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) independent panel voted Wednesday to recommend the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use in children ages 12 to 15. 

The vote was 14-0, with one abstention, clearing the way for the expanded use of the vaccine following the approval from CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.

On Monday, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents 12 to 15 years of age. 

FDA officials amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) originally issued on Dec. 11, 2020, for administration in individuals 16 years of age and older, according to the agency. 

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is now expected to move forward with the use of the Pfizer vaccine for this new age group starting Thursday, according to Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of public health.

Public Health estimates there are about 500,000 people in L.A. County ages 12 to 15 now eligible for a vaccine. 

Nearly 8.5 million doses of the three available vaccines have been administered in Los Angeles County, including 3.3 million second doses, according to the department. 

Children and adolescents generally have a milder COVID-19 disease course as compared to adults. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is administered as a series of two doses, three weeks apart, the same dosage and dosing regimen for 16 years of age and older, according to researchers. 

“Parents and guardians can rest assured that the agency undertook a rigorous and thorough review of all available data, as we have with all of our COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorizations,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock. “(Monday’s) action allows for a younger population to be protected from COVID-19, bringing us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy and to ending the pandemic.”

The FDA has determined that Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has met the statutory criteria to amend the EUA, and that the known and potential benefits of this vaccine in individuals 12 years of age and older outweigh the known and potential risks, supporting the vaccine’s use in this population. 

For a full list of sites across L.A. County offering Pfizer vaccines, visit here

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Pfizer Vaccine Approved By FDA For Children Ages 12 To 15

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Monday to include children ages 12 through 15.

 The FDA amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) originally issued on Dec. 11, 2020, for administration in individuals 16 years of age and older, according to the agency. 

“The FDA’s expansion of the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age is a significant step in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. in a statement. “Today’s action allows for a younger population to be protected from COVID-19, bringing us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy and to ending the pandemic.”

From March 1, 2020, through April 30, 2021, about 1.5 million COVID-19 cases in individuals 11 to 17 years of age have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Children and adolescents generally have a milder COVID-19 disease course as compared to adults. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is administered as a series of two doses, three weeks apart, the same dosage and dosing regimen for 16 years of age and older, according to researchers. 

“Parents and guardians can rest assured that the agency undertook a rigorous and thorough review of all available data, as we have with all of our COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorizations,” Woodcock said.

The FDA has determined that Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has met the statutory criteria to amend the EUA, and that the known and potential benefits of this vaccine in individuals 12 years of age and older outweigh the known and potential risks, supporting the vaccine’s use in this population. 

Nearly 8.5 million doses of the three available vaccines have been administered in Los Angeles County, including 3.3 million second doses, according to the Department of Public Health.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of public health, estimates there are about 500,000 people in the county ages 12 to 15.

No appointments are needed for both the Los Angeles County-run and City-run vaccination sites.

For more information, visit here.

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