LOS ANGELES – Nearly 1,960,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across Los Angeles County. Of those vaccinated, 600,497 people have received second doses. The County’s network of vaccination sites had the capacity to administer 500,000 doses this week, although officials say that the County only received 211,000 doses of vaccine last week.
Next week on Monday, March 1, three additional sectors become eligible to receive vaccinations: education and childcare workers, food and agriculture workers, and emergency services and law enforcement workers. The County expects to receive 269,000 doses to be distributed next week, of these, 103,000 will be provided for first doses.
Those who fall under the newly eligible sectors will be able to get vaccinated at many sites across the County. Workers will be required to show proof of their identity with a photo ID and proof that they reside or work in L.A. County. Partnerships have been established to facilitate the vaccination process throughout the County.
As the numbers of Angelenos getting vaccinated rose, the FDA advisory panel on Friday recommended the Food and Drug Administration grant an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson, which would become the third vaccine authorized in the United States and the first to require a single shot.
In statement issued Friday afternoon the FDA noted that it “will rapidly work toward finalization and issuance of an emergency use authorization.” The FDA also announced that it has notified federal partners involved in vaccine distribution “so they can execute their plans for timely vaccine distribution.”
As hospitalization numbers and rates of new infections seems to be slowing, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a caution.
“Over the last few weeks, cases and hospital admissions in the United States had been coming down since early January, and deaths had been declining in the past week, but the latest data suggests that these declines may be stalling, potentially leveling off at still a very high number,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters in a briefing.
“We at CDC consider this a very concerning shift in the trajectory,” she said.
It’s not clear where the numbers will go from here — whether they will resume falling, plateau or even spike again — but Walensky said the CDC was watching the data closely.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 144 new deaths Friday and 1,838 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health identified 1,189,232 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 21,241 deaths.
Over the last five days the County has averaged 1,820 new cases a day.
There are 1,886 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 30% of these people are in the ICU. The daily number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has steadily declined from a high of over 8,000 in January.
L.A. County is working to ensure that eligible residents and workers in the hardest hit communities have increased access to vaccines. For information about vaccine appointments in L.A. County and when your turn is coming up, to sign up for a vaccination newsletter, and much more, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish).