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L.A. City-Run Sites Offering Appointment-Free COVID-19 Vaccinations

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Mayor Eric Garcetti announced new efforts to expand vaccine access across Los Angeles. Starting Monday, the City will offer appointment-free vaccinations at all of its sites and open two additional night clinics.

All told, the City is prepared to administer over a quarter million vaccinations for the second week in a row, according to the mayor’s office.

“We stand at a critical juncture in our fight to end this pandemic, and our City will keep doing everything possible to knock down barriers to vaccine access and deliver doses directly to all Angelenos,” said Garcetti in a statement. “Our vaccines are safe and effective, and we will continue working to get shots into the arms of our local families, protect ourselves and our loved ones, and start Los Angeles on the road to health, economic growth, and a lasting recovery.” 

The City of L.A. now joins the Los Angeles County-run sites to offer appointment-free walk-up vaccinations. 

To expand access to L.A.’s vaccination program, the City added a sixth day of service last week and started to offer appointment-free options at certain walk-up and mobile locations. 

This week, the City will continue to operate its fixed sites from Monday through Saturday and will add the appointment-free option at all of its drive-through locations: Crenshaw Christian, Hansen Dam, and Dodger Stadium. 

On top of these steps, the City will now operate its mass vaccination sites at Pierce College and L.A. Southwest College from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., administering vaccinations after regular working hours to residents in under-vaccinated regions of Los Angeles. 

In the days ahead, the City expects to receive 42,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine and 54,000 of Pfizer, along with 27,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson. Altogether, including the supply carried over from the previous week, City vaccination sites will be able to administer roughly 255,000 doses to Angelenos across 10 permanent sites and through the Mobile Outreach for Vaccine Equity (MOVE) program. 

Equity remains a key focus of the City’s vaccination program. The MOVE initiative delivers doses directly to neighborhoods most impacted by the pandemic and recently surpassed 100,000 doses; to date, the program has administered 105,298 doses. 

This week, the City will deploy 10 mobile teams from Monday through Saturday to residents in Glassell Park, Arleta, Sylmar, Chesterfield Square, Green Meadows, Boyle Heights, North Hollywood, San Pedro, Wilmington and Canoga Park. 

City sites will offer second dose appointments this week for Angelenos who received their first Moderna shot between April 12 and April 17 or their first Pfizer shot between April 19 and April 24. Second dose patients should have received notifications with their appointment details recently by text and/or email.

For more information, visit here.

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Cal/OSHA Drops Mask Mandate For Fully Vaccinated Workers

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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.

Anyone 12 years and older living or working in Los Angeles County can now get vaccinated. For more information, visit here.

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Los Angeles County Modifies Health Officer Order As Full Reopening Takes Effect

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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.

Anyone 12 years and older living or working in Los Angeles County can now get vaccinated. For more information, visit here.

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Reopening: What Changes In Los Angeles County On June 15?

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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.

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.

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.

Anyone 12 years and older living or working in Los Angeles County can now get vaccinated. For more information, visit here.

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