Going through a scarcity of coronavirus vaccine doses, Los Angeles will quickly shut 5 of its inoculation websites, together with one of many nation’s largest, at Dodger Stadium, the mayor stated on Wednesday.
By Thursday town may have exhausted its provide of the Moderna vaccine for first-dose appointments, Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a news conference. The facilities can be closed on Friday and Saturday with plans to reopen by Tuesday or Wednesday of subsequent week, he stated.
“We’re vaccinating folks quicker than new vials are arriving right here in Los Angeles,” Mr. Garcetti stated. “I’m involved as your mayor that our vaccine provide is uneven, it’s unpredictable and too typically inequitable.”
Mr. Garcetti stated town had acquired solely 16,000 new doses of the vaccine this week, about the identical quantity it offers out a single day.
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being reported greater than 3,400 new circumstances and 141 new deaths. Hospitalizations are all the way down to about 3,700, the bottom quantity in months, Mr. Garcetti stated.
Regardless of scarcity considerations, town will proceed its cell vaccination program, Mr. Garcetti stated. “We will’t afford to see the outbreaks and, fairly frankly, the unequal deaths that we’re seeing in communities of colour,” he stated.
Dodger Stadium opened as a vaccination site on Jan. 15, with many reporting lengthy wait occasions and logistical points. Within the weeks main as much as its opening, Mr. Garcetti and different native and state officers had come below intense scrutiny for his or her dealing with of the virus and the vaccination rollout.
Similar problems have cropped up across the United States as demand far outpaces provide and vaccine suppliers wrestle to foretell what number of doses will arrive.