Los Angeles (CBSLA) — As a resident of Los Angeles County 16+ will be eligible for coronavirus vaccine next week, Authorities are hoping for a reduction in available doses.
Decreased single doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines in LA County are the main reason for the reduced availability.
Dr. Paul Simon, Chief Science Officer at the LA County Public Health Department, said the county allocation of double-dose Modana and Pfizer vaccines, although not enough to fill the gap of about 74,000 fewer Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Said that will increase.
Los Angeles County will have a total of 323,470 vaccine allocations next week, Simon said. The county received about 97,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines this week, but only about 20,000 next week.
However, there are concerns about a reduction in county-managed supply, which is not timely due to future expansion of eligibility, but is available within the county thanks to directly allocated non-county or city providers. The total dose is expected to be about 500,000. From state and federal governments.
“In summary, we expect more than 500,000 vaccines to be assigned to vaccination sites throughout the county next week,” Simon said on Friday.
Simon is also convinced that the reduced supply of Johnson & Johnson vaccines will not be a long-term problem.
“At our own pace, we will be able to reach where we want by late June,” he said. “So I think we’re encouraging the general public to be patient, but I’m confident that we’ll be able to meet everyone’s needs in the coming weeks.”
With growing qualifications and increasing demand, Simon urged employers to allow workers to take vacations to get vaccinated.
“We anticipate a flood of bookings in the coming weeks, and employees need as much flexibility as possible to navigate this process and get vaccinated as soon as possible,” he said.
All Californians over the age of 16 are eligible to be vaccinated from Thursday, April 15th.
As of April 4, Los Angeles County has received more than 4.71 million vaccines, including 1.65 million second doses. Simon said that number represented an increase of 702,000 over the last nine days, meaning that an average of about 78,000 doses were given daily during that period.
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