Los Angeles County to prioritize second vaccine doses next week amid supply shortage – KABC-TV

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. (KABC) — There may be extra capability at Los Angeles County’s 5 vaccination tremendous websites than there are vaccines to go round. Beginning Tuesday, the county will shift its priorities from first dose vaccinations to these individuals in want of a second dose.

The shift is being made for individuals who acquired their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine and wish their second one after 21 days , mentioned Manuel Martinez with the Los Angeles County Fireplace Division.

The state is struggling to amass extra doses to inoculate Californians who need one. For now, frontline well being staff, these dwelling in retirement properties and anybody over 65 years of age is eligible.

Mel Valladares was capable of get his dad and mom their first shot of the vaccine on the Cal State Northridge web site after making an appointment on-line.

“We had just a little little bit of bother with the primary web site however the second web site, My Flip , it is actually good. They just like the service, it is fast and straightforward. You undergo, 15-minute wait and we’re achieved,” he mentioned.

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In East L.A., individuals waited in line Saturday outdoors Clínica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero, which acquired 100 doses of the Moderna vaccine. A staggering 40% of the clinic’s sufferers have examined constructive for COVID-19, in comparison with the county’s 16.5% positivity fee.

“Plenty of undocumented individuals, numerous important staff come to Clinica Romero and they’re those which are dying,” mentioned Carlos Vaquerano with the clinic.

Regardless of a looming scarcity of vaccines, state and native well being officers are hopeful that Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine will obtain emergency use authorization from the FDA. If it does, it might assist enhance distribution and velocity up the vaccination course of.

For now, those that have had their first doses of the vaccine are beginning to plan for a greater future.

“I hope to get along with my girlfriends that I have never seen in a 12 months, and perhaps if it simply means carrying masks and being (bodily) distanced, however at the very least perhaps now we’ll really feel just a little bit safer seeing one another nose to nose despite the fact that everyone knows we nonetheless should watch out,” mentioned Sweet Miyamura, who additionally acquired her shot at CSUN.

As soon as vaccines are absolutely accessible, tremendous websites just like the one in Northridge will be capable of vaccinate as much as 4,000 every day.

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