COVID-19 Vaccine Email Newsletter

County of Los Angeles sent this bulletin at 01/11/2021 04:00 PM PST

Issue 2 January 11, 2021
 In this Issue:Latest Updates
Vaccine Distribution Phases & Timeline
Latest Updates
Vaccines continue being administered in Los Angeles County.
As of late last week, we had received a total of 275,795 doses of the Pfizer
vaccine and 100,556 doses have been administered to our frontline health
care workers at our acute care hospitals. We also have begun to administer
the 2nd dose of the Pfizer vaccine and as of yesterday, 1,602 healthcare
workers are fully vaccinated. We have received 215,200 Moderna doses,
of which 31,915 had been administered to staff and residents at skilled
nursing facilities, EMTs and paramedics, and to healthcare workers at
clinics. This includes healthcare workers at urgent care and primary care
clinics, at intermediate and home health care facilities and services, as well as healthcare field workers who face a high risk of exposure. At this point, we have
administered 32% of the vaccines we have received as first doses. Now
that the holidays are behind us, the pace of vaccinations is picking up as
we expand the number of people trained to administer these vaccines and we continue to open additional locations to administer vaccines to priority group healthcare
workers who don’t work at acute care hospitals.  This week, additional
vaccination sites will be opening across the county for frontline healthcare workers with appointments. Healthcare workers include clinical staff such as doctors, nurses, and therapists as well as people who work in other areas like laboratories and hospital environmental services. Currently, vaccination is only available to the healthcare workers who have direct or indirect contact with patients or infectious materials. Eligible healthcare workers can sign up for an appointment, and find out what verifications are needed, by going to Healthcare worker signup websitePLEASE DO NOT REGISTER FOR AN APPOINTMENT IF YOU ARE NOT A PRIORITY GROUP HEALTHCARE WORKER. Doing so will take an appointment slot away from the high-risk healthcare workers. People who ARE NOT an eligible healthcare worker WILL BE TURNED AWAY at the vaccination site if you don’t have the required verification documents, which include the below.Table 1
Vaccination Distribution Phases Many people are interested in getting vaccinated. However, Public Health is proceeding with administering vaccinations within the priority groups identified by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), with additional guidance provided by the state.  We understand that some people may feel they should be or are in these priority groups. However, there are clear definitions that we have posted on our website with very specific groups according to the priority tiers. Note that these timelines are estimates and may change according to factors such as vaccine supply and the state prioritization requirements. Phases and tiers will also overlap. *Proposed but not voted on by the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and may be modified by CDC and/or CDPH In the meantime, please continue to wear a face covering over your nose and mouth, physically distance, and avoid gathering with people outside your household, even after you are vaccinated.Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:Los Angeles County Department of Public Health http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/California Department of Public Health https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspxCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/index.html Spanish https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index-sp.htmlWorld Health Organization https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirusLA County residents can also call 2-1-1
The Department of Public Health is committed to promoting health equity and ensuring optimal health and well-being for all 10 million residents of Los Angeles County.Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health oversees environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health comprises nearly 4,500 employees and has an annual budget of $1.2 billion. To learn more about Los Angeles County Public Health, please visit www.publichealth .lacounty.gov.
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