Many sites in the city and county of Los Angeles are now offering residents the option of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 without having to make an appointment.
Officials say the additional walk-in availability is intended to reduce a potential barrier to accessing vaccines – as not everyone has the time or the technological resources to navigate online booking platforms.
“Most sites don’t actually require an appointment, and most sites currently have availability in terms of time slots when you can come in for the shot, as well as plenty of supplies,” Barbara Ferrer said Monday. , LA County Director of Public Health.
Walk-in vaccinations will be available at all mobile sites operated by the City of Los Angeles, as well as fixed sites in Lincoln Park, San Fernando Park, Pierce College, USC, Los Angeles Southwest College, Century City, and Cal State. THE
Additionally, the Cal State LA, Hansen Dam, San Fernando Park, Lincoln Park, Pierce College, Crenshaw Christian Center, LA Southwest College, USC, Century City, and Dodger Stadium vaccination sites will add another day to their schedule this week and will operate on Monday. until Saturday.
The city’s eight mobile clinics will keep their usual schedule from Tuesday to Saturday. A clinic at the South Park Recreation Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. – offering an overnight option for those whose schedules would otherwise make it difficult to get vaccinated.
In total, Los Angeles officials estimate they will have the capacity to deliver around 260,000 doses this week, the largest ever.
For more information on vaccine locations in the city, visit the COVID-19: Keeping Los Angeles Safe webpage. All vaccines are free, regardless of immigration or health insurance status.
LA County also provides walk-in vaccinations through Sunday at its sites at the County Education Office, The Forum, Cal State Northridge, Pomona Fairplex, College of the Canyons, and Palmdale Oasis Recreation Center.
Walk-in shots are also available Saturday at the Eugene A. Obregon Park and Balboa Sports Complex vaccination sites.
For more information, visit the County Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine webpage.
Officials said slots would be offered while supplies last. In recent times, however, uptime has been more than a match for the public’s appetite.
Providers in Los Angeles County administered 144,000 fewer doses of the COVID-19 vaccine last week compared to the previous week – a significant drop that reflects lower demand seen in many other parts of the country.
During the week of April 17-23, 611,592 doses were administered across the county – an average of about 87,000 per day, according to figures presented Monday by Ferrer. From April 24 to 30, only 467,134 doses were distributed, an average of about 67,000 per day.
About 54% of LA County residents aged 16 and older had received at least one dose of the vaccine as of April 28, according to public health data. But only about 36% of Angelenos in this age group are fully vaccinated – meaning they received either the Johnson & Johnson single-injection vaccine or the required two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.
About half of all Californians have received at least one vaccine to date, and nearly 32% are fully vaccinated, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.