LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Due to an extreme shortage in the coronavirus vaccine, Los Angeles County vaccination sites will only be giving out second doses beginning Tuesday and lasting through the rest of this week.
L.A. County Public Health Department reported Saturday that “due to short supply of vaccines from the state” all county super sites will only be administering COVID-19 doses to those who have already received their first dose. This protocol will begin on Tuesday.
There are seven large-scale vaccination sites being run by the L.A. County Public Health Department. They are located at Magic Mountain, the Pomona Fairplex, The Forum, Cal State Northridge, El Sereno Recreation Center, the L.A. County Office of Education in Downey and the Balboa Sports Complex in Encino.
California has struggled mightily to distribute vaccinations over the past several weeks, with a myriad of issues ranging from a supply shortage to vaccine sign-up websites being overwhelmed and crashing.
Meanwhile, there are another five large-scale vaccination sites operated by the city of L.A., of which Dodger Stadium is by far the largest. It’s unclear if the second-dose mandate will apply to the city sites as well.
A mass vaccination site operated by a consortium of healthcare providers including Kaiser Permanente opened last Friday at Cal Poly Pomona.
There are also dozens of small vaccination sites at clinics and pharmacies countywide.
According to the latest state numbers, through Sunday more than 1.155 million doses have been administered in L.A. County, and 4.65 million have been administered across California.
However, 7.392 million doses have been shipped, and of those 6.963 have been actually delivered to distribution sites.
In L.A. County at this time, only healthcare workers, nursing home residents and those over 65 are eligible to receive the vaccine.