Good news: vaccine eligibility is expanding. Starting tomorrow, we’ll update our City of Los Angeles vaccination portal to allow those in Tier 1B –– workers in food and agriculture, education and childcare, and emergency services and first responders –– to make first dose appointments at City sites.
We’re making this change to provide life-saving vaccines to essential workers who have served on the front lines of this pandemic, aligning the City with guidance from L.A. County’s Department of Public Health. The expansion comes after a record-breaking week during which the City administered 90,402 doses, and as we prepare to triple vaccination capacity at mobile sites serving the City’s vulnerable communities this week.
This is progress, but we still have a long way to go. Supply remains our greatest constraint. This week, City sites will primarily provide second doses, while offering a small number of first dose appointments. If the City receives additional doses this week, more first dose appointments will become available.
Fortunately, vaccine production will soon ramp up significantly. We are ready to vaccinate even more Angelenos –– and as soon as the State and County provide us with doses of the recently FDA-authorized Johnson & Johnson vaccine, we will be prepared to get them into arms.