CSUN coronavirus vaccine site closes as LA County’s effort shifts to smaller, more focused efforts – Daily News

Public health officials took steps to shut down the mammoth vaccination site at California State University Northridge on Monday, June 7, as the county morphs its operations to smaller, more-focused sites, in the latest sign that the pandemic is waning in Los Angeles County. Three other sprawling parking-lot clinics will close next week.

On Monday, L.A. County reported nine additional deaths, bringing the county’s overall death toll to 24,354. The county reported 120 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 1,244,254.  The number of people hospitalized with the virus dropped from 254 on Sunday to 232 on Monday, according to the state dashboard, with 37 in intensive care.

As the vaccinations wound down at CSUN on Monday, Colin Donahue, the school’s vice president for administration and finance, said he was proud the campus played “a vital role in helping Los Angeles recover from the pandemic by partnering with L.A. County to establish the vaccination center on our campus.”

He added that “the efficient operations and convenience of the vaccination center resulted in nearly 250,000 COVID-19 vaccines being administered over a relatively short timeframe.”

“We continue to advocate for widespread vaccination with the LA region,” he added, “and encourage everyone eligible to take advantage of the numerous vaccination locations available throughout LA County.”

Residents who received their first dose at CSUN will get their second dose at Balboa Sports Complex in Encino, public officials said. People who need assistance with transportation or a free ride can reach out to Public Health at 833-540-0473.

On June 13, the health department will move three other large-capacity vaccination sites at The Forum in Inglewood, Pomona’s Fairplex, and the L.A County Office of Education office in Downey to smaller sites.

People get COVID-19 vaccines during the final day of the drive-up mass vaccination site at CSUN in Northridge on Monday, June 7, 2021. Public health officials are phasing out large vaccination sites while shifting to smaller and mobile/pop-up operations.(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

 

Starting next Tuesday, June 15, residents can get their dose of the vaccine at the following sites:

  • Ted Watkins Memorial Park, 1335 E. 103rd St., Los Angeles;
  • Commerce Senior Citizens Center, 2555 Commerce Way; and
  • Norwalk Arts & Sports Complex in Norwalk, 13000 Clarkdale Ave.

The sites are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.,  Tuesday through Saturday.

People get COVID-19 vaccines during the final day of the drive-up mass vaccination site at CSUN in Northridge on Monday, June 7, 2021. Public health officials are phasing out large vaccination sites while shifting to smaller and mobile/pop-up operations.(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

The move is part of the county’s effort to make it as easy as possible for remaining unvaccinated residents to get their shots. There are 765 sites offering vaccinations, including pharmacies, clinics, community sites and hospitals, said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer during an online briefing Monday.

As vaccine demand has declined, the county aims to beef up the number of sites and organizations served by mobile teams and pop-up clinics aimed at communities of color and other neighborhoods hit hardest by the pandemic.

“There is so much more work to be done, especially with respect to vaccine disparities,” County Supervisor Hilda Solis said during the online briefing. “Young Black and Latinx individuals aged 29 and below are being vaccinated at half the rate of white and Asian residents 29 and below. Overall, 41% of Black residents and 48% of Latinx residents age 16 and above have been vaccinated, compared to 71% of Asian and 63% of white residents.

“We can and we must do better, and given the diverse resources and opportunities available right here in L.A. County, we are in a unique position to do this,” she said.

Early on, the county scrambled to keep pace with fervid demand for the initially sporadic supply of vaccines. But now, officials are working hard to woo those have stayed away — some may be wary of the vaccine or just didn’t want to navigate the complex appointment system. The goal: Herd immunity, generally described by experts as around 80 % of county residents vaccinated.

As the pace slows, county and state officials alike have worked to build the allure of rolling up one’s sleeves.

Until this Thursday, anyone who gets a first-dose vaccine at a county-or city-run vaccination site, or at a St. John’s Well Child and Family Center site, will be entered for a chance to win season tickets to the Dodgers or Los Angeles Football Club. The contest is open to anyone receiving a first dose, or people receiving a second dose who bring another person with them to be vaccinated.

The state of California, meanwhile, is offering financial motivation to encourage people to get vaccinated. On Friday, the state held the first of two planned drawings, awarding $50,000 in cash to 15 people who have been vaccinated. A second drawing will be held this Friday, to pick another 15 winners.


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