LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A major vaccination site in Los Angeles has such an excess of COVID-19 vaccine doses that it is allowing anyone age 18 and older to walk up and receive a vaccination.
The state’s Office of Emergency Services reported Wednesday that many Johnson & Johnson vaccine appointments at the federally-run Cal State LA super site were going unfilled.
While only people in eligible groups can make advanced appointments online, Cal State LA is providing walk up vaccinations for anyone over 18 from now through Sunday, when the city of L.A. will take over operation of the site from the federal government.
“To the extent to which appointments go unfilled, there may be a limited number of appointments available as walk ups for individuals 18+ between tomorrow and continuing through Sunday when management of the site transfers to the city,” CAL OES spokesman Brian Ferguson told CBSLA in a statement Wednesday. “Providing vaccinators working at the site some flexibility to fill vacant appointment slots allows us to expand the rate of vaccinations in California in an efficient, effective and equitable manner.”
Vaccination eligibility opened up on April 1 to anyone 50 years and older, and beginning April 15, anyone 16 years old and up will be able to get the vaccine across California.
OPEN SLOTS! Johnson & Johnson vaccine appointments are still available @CalStateLA this week. Register and book an appointment at https://t.co/oBmSONhGtS or call 1-833-422-4255. pic.twitter.com/7Nah0kFKR3
— Cal OES (@Cal_OES) April 7, 2021
Vaccination clinics have been popping up all over the region, making it easier than ever to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
On Wednesday, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the opening of a new clinic at the Million-Dollar Theater, next to Grand Central Market, in downtown L.A. He urged restaurant workers and their families to get vaccinated, regardless of their immigration status or health insurance access.
Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appeared with Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner to encourage parents to get their vaccinations at George Washington Prep Senior High School or Abraham Lincoln Senior High in Lincoln Heights, the first of 25 LAUSD campuses that will host vaccine clinics.
“The LA Unified School District will continue in its outreach to all the students and make sure they all will get the benefit of the vaccine, because we all wanna get well, we don’t want to lose anymore people to the COVID virus,” Abdul-Jabbar said.
Other vaccine clinics also launched Wednesday at Los Angeles City College and at the Southeast-Rio Vista YMCA, both of which require appointments.
The drive-thru and walk-up clinic launched at LA City College, but future clinics – which are open to the general public and members of L.A. Care and Blue Shield Promise — will take place on select days at hard-hit locations like East Los Angeles, Pacoima, Lynwood and the Antelope Valley. Appointments for the L.A. Care clinic can be made at lacare.org/vaccine.
The Southeast-Rio Vista YMCA clinic will be open through Saturday for eligible Southeast Los Angeles Collaborative members who live and work in Bell, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, Florence-Firestone, Maywood, Huntington Park, Lynwood, South Gate, Vernon and Walnut Park. A total of 2,000 Johnson & Johnson doses are expected to be distributed over the four-day clinic.
SELA Mobile #COVID19 Vaccination Clinic
Southeast Rio Vista YMCA
4801 E 58th St, Maywood, CA 90270
Wed. April 7 – Sat. April 10
— SELA Collaborative (@selacollab) April 5, 2021
Meanwhile, eligible residents of Glendale and its surrounding communities can get their vaccines this Friday at a mass vaccination site at Glendale Community College. The site will be run by Jewel City Vax Clinic in partnership with the city, Glendale Community College, and Adventist Health Glendale, and will have the capacity to administer 10,000 vaccinations per week. Appointments at this site can be made at the state’s MyTurn website.