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L.A. County scaling up, getting ready to manage extra COVID vaccine boosters

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Los Angeles County vaccination websites are scaling up operations and getting ready to make COVID-19 vaccine boosters out there to eligible residents, officers stated.

On Thursday, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s advisory committee accredited boosters for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, and stated that individuals are allowed to get a booster shot with a vaccine model completely different from the one they initially received.

“As soon as the CDC director offers their closing approval, suppliers throughout the county will be capable to administer extra doses,” L.A. County Division of Public Well being officers stated.

Anybody who received Johnson & Johnson greater than two months in the past might be eligible for a booster shot.

In the meantime, those that received Pfizer or Moderna can solely get the booster if it’s been at the least 6 months since their second dose and they’re both: 65 and older, residing in long-term care settings, have underlying medical circumstances, or work or stay in high-risk settings.

That’s a large quantity of people that might be eligible for extra doses in L.A. County.

Whereas officers didn’t present an estimate for what number of extra folks will change into eligible, officers stated that an estimated 1.7 million L.A. County residents received their second Pfizer vaccine dose and 1.5 million received Moderna at the least six months in the past. One other 470,000 obtained their Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the least two months in the past.

Lots of these folks might be eligible for boosters as soon as the CDC director provides closing approval, native well being officers stated.

The approval of extra boosters will imply that suppliers throughout the state might want to ramp up operations.

Presently, the county is already administering boosters to those that obtained the second Pfizer vaccine dose at the least 6 months in the past and are 65 or older, residing in long-term care amenities, or are 18 to 64 years outdated with underlying medical circumstances or excessive institutional or occupational threat.

Suppliers might be utilizing their vaccine provide to present out extra boosters as many in L.A. County stay unvaccinated and proceed to account for many coronavirus instances and hospitalizations.

To date, 71% of residents aged 12 and older are totally vaccinated, in accordance with county information.

And shortly, someday in in early November, federal regulators are anticipated to approve the Pfizer vaccine for youngsters aged 5 to 11 — that provides 900,000 youngsters in L.A. County who will change into eligible for the jab.

County well being officers assured residents Thursday that suppliers are scaling up to have the ability to sustain and that the well being division remains to be targeted on administering first doses to unvaccinated residents whereas preparations are underway to start giving out boosters.

“We don’t anticipate shortage, and anticipate there might be ample vaccine to fulfill demand,” well being officers stated in a news launch.

L.A. County was anticipating to get almost 96,000 doses throughout the first week of November, with extra arriving later in one other two waves, in accordance with the well being division.

Whereas appointments should not wanted at many locations, residents can nonetheless reserve a slot to get a booster dose on MyTurn.CA.gov or VaccinateLACounty.com.

https://ktla.com/news/local-news/l-a-county-scaling-up-preparing-to-administer-more-covid-vaccine-boosters/ | L.A. County scaling up, getting ready to manage extra COVID vaccine boosters

CELINE CASTRONUOVO

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