MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — Manhattan Beach residents 65 years and older can now make an appointment to receive a vaccination for COVID-19. To accommodate the volume of vaccinations Los Angeles County would like to achieve, the county Department of Public Health has created five new large-scale vaccination sites that began operation today [Tuesday, Jan. 19] and are adding several more pharmacies and health care clinics.
According to LA County DPH, "The vaccine supply is still extremely limited, and Public Health urges patience as we work urgently with our federal and state partners to expand capacity and supply in the weeks ahead."
Vaccinations are free, and available to all who are currently eligible, regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage. For those who have insurance, coverage information may be requested as part of the appointment scheduling process, according to an LA County news release.
The closest location to Manhattan Beach of the five locations is at The Forum in Inglewood. The five sites were chosen for their regional accessibility and their ability to handle large capacities of people. The five sites are:
The Forum, 3900 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90305
A. County Office of Education, 12830 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242
California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330
Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768
Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355
These large-scale vaccination sites will be able to vaccinate approximately 4,000 people per day at each site, significantly increasing the number of frontline healthcare workers vaccinated.
Residents 65 and older can visit VaccinateLACounty.com to schedule an appointment for vaccination. For those without access to a computer or the internet, a call center is open to help schedule appointments at (833) 540-0473, daily from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Individuals are encouraged to use the website whenever possible to sign up for an appointment to avoid long wait times on the phone. Those 65 and older may receive a communication from their health care provider with information about COVID-19 vaccinations and how to receive one, as well.
Public Health will host a COVID-19 Vaccine Virtual Town Hall tonight, January 19, from 6-7:30 p.m. Join the town hall to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, how it was developed, where it will be distributed in our communities, and when it will be made available to the general public. The town hall will be streamed live on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube @lapublichealth. For more information and to submit a question, visit: http://tinyurl.com/askcovidtownhall.
As of today, more than 348,000 vaccinations have been administered. More than 271,000 first doses and more than 77,000 second doses have been administered. For the amount of vaccine currently in hand in Los Angeles County, Public Health has used 58 percent of the first doses and about 35 percent of the doses designated for 2nd doses. This is better than the national average, according to LA County.
Public Health reports 335 of 340 (nearly 99%) of all skilled nursing facilities in LA County have received and administered their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Nearly 39,000 doses have been administered to staff and residents. The remaining facilities are currently vaccinating or are scheduling vaccinations this week. Additionally, for facilities that completed their first doses, Public Health is supporting distribution and administration of their second doses of vaccine.