Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced at Dodger Stadium that Los Angeles’ five vaccination sites have given vaccines to more than 80,000 people. The mayor said the Dodger Stadium facility delivered a staggering 7,730 cans on Wednesday alone.
“The last person to leave here, I think of 11 [p.m.]”Said the mayor, stating that those who run the site decided to hold the gates after they closed as lines still snaked the property. We probably got more vaccinations here than anywhere in the county, when not all over the world.
Garcetti also announced that LA will be ready to vaccinate all residents of qualified care facilities by the end of the day tomorrow.
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These are significant achievements, but they have not gone smoothly.
Garcetti admitted that many waited hours for the vaccination at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. A senior told resourcingstrategies that he had waited four hours in line. While the mayor insisted that the waiting time on Thursday was no more than an hour, averaging 30 to 40 minutes, he apologized to those who waited on Wednesday.
Even so, Garcetti urged Angelenos to fill up their cars, bring snacks, and go to the bathroom before lining up at Dodger Stadium.
One resident who likely didn’t have to wait four hours was former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who tweeted a video of his vaccination against Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. Arnold quipped, “I’ve never been so happy to wait in line.”
Today was a good day. I’ve never been so happy to wait in line. If you are eligible, join me and sign up to get your vaccine. Come with me if you want to live! pic.twitter.com/xJi86qQNcm
– Arnold (@Schwarzenegger), January 20, 2021
The website’s original goal was to give 12,000 doses a day, and Garcetti stated that that’s still the goal – it has to be. Garcetti said that at Los Angeles’ current vaccination pace, all health care workers and seniors would not be vaccinated until June if the pace did not increase.
Garcetti stated that there are currently two rows of carts rolling through Dodger Stadium. There are plans to add a third queue to speed things up.
He asked state and federal officials for more cans before saying, “Demand still far exceeds supply. We’re still waiting to know how many cans are coming. ”
Please visit me live from @DodgerStadium for information on our efforts to vaccinate every Angeleno as soon as possible. https://t.co/Zq6OVmVRlA
– MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) January 22, 2021
Barbara Ferrer, director of public health for Los Angeles county, said Wednesday that the county expects to receive about 143,900 more doses of the vaccines next week. However, people have to get two
Doses of the drug three to four weeks apart. Most of the vaccine coming next week will be used to give second doses to people who have already received the first shot.
She estimated that only 37,900 of the doses coming next week will be available for people to get their first dose.
“That’s what I mean by a serious supply problem,” she said. “We just don’t get enough doses of vaccine to move as fast as we and you want us to.”
She said the county received 685,000 doses late last week, with 307,000 so far used for first doses and 87,000 for second doses. The county is still working to finalize the vaccinations of hundreds of thousands of health care workers with remaining doses, despite expanding access to people 65 and over this week.
LA County Public Health confirmed 262 new deaths and 8,512 new cases of confirmed Covid-19 on Thursday. “The last time we had two days with fewer than 10,000 cases was in early December,” noted the mayor. “This is progress.”
7,263 people with Covid-19 were hospitalized on Thursday. Garcetti said that’s 7% less than last week.
Last week, the seven-day average of new cases was 15,182. This week, the seven-day average of cases was 10,560, a decrease of 30%.
Cases and hospital stays declined in LA County this week; Public Health Reports 262 new deaths and 8,512 new positive cases from # COVID19. Further information can be found at https://t.co/F1Lryrtli7. pic.twitter.com/aw6wEI4OGZ
– LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) January 22, 2021
The City News Service contributed to this report.