Los Angeles County will not accelerate coronavirus vaccination for people 65 and older, although California officials on Wednesday, January 13, announced local officials could do so immediately.
LA County officials on Wednesday reported 281 additional deaths and 14,564 deaths. Nearly 13,000 people have died from COVID-19 in LA County, with 231 deaths per day on average. During the past week The county also has nearly 1 million confirmed cases, meaning about 1 in 10 county residents have been infected with the coronavirus.
With 800,000 health care workers and long-term care residents to get vaccinated first, LA County officials say they don’t yet have enough vaccines to expand their strategy. Residents over 65 in LA County are more likely to be eligible for the vaccine by early February, although there is a chance that the process will be accelerated if more vaccines are delivered to the state and county.
“I know how frustrated LA County people are right now,”; said health director Barbara Ferrer. “We didn’t do it with our health care workers. And right now, we don’t have enough vaccines to be able to work with our healthcare workers more quickly. ”
Orange County became one of the first in the state to take advantage of the state’s latest announcement to begin enrolling people 65 and older to receive the coronavirus vaccine.
Long Beach, which runs its own health department, announced earlier this week that the vaccine will be available for people aged 65 and older starting Jan. 23.
In addition to keeping up with her own health department, Pasadena, spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said health workers had less vaccines than necessary to vaccinate all of the city’s medical workers. Now, officials don’t expect any changes before next week, Derderian said, but they hope to expand to more eligible patient groups as soon as they have adequate supply.
Pasadena officials said they had significantly more elderly care facilities per capita than other parts of the county. More facilities mean more healthcare workers needing vaccinations before they start vaccinating the general public.
L.A. Mayor’s spokesman Eric Garcetti said he agreed with the county and town’s decision in line with it.
So far, the county has vaccinated about 194,000 health care workers at acute hospitals, along with many residents and staff in long-term care facilities. In addition, 44,000 healthcare workers have received the final dose.
Ferrer said the state’s advice helped clarify that in Phase 1B, after health care workers, people 65 and older were initially entitled to join others in that group. Priority Registration is not yet available for any specific group, including those in the emergency service and teachers. More information can be found at VaccinateLACounty.com
The state’s move on Monday to launch the vaccine for people over 65 follows federal recommendations this week to do so, as the state is ranked as one of the slowest in the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control
In the months leading up to the LA County launch, officials plan to vaccinate approximately 350,000 healthcare workers by the end of December. But those expectations at the state and national level are down. The county now expects to get 500,000 vaccines by the end of January.
To date, the county has opened 75 vaccination centers.This week, Dodger Stadium has been transformed from a test facility to a vaccination center, with the first match expected to be held there Thursday. Officials said on Tuesday it would open five other large vaccination centers that could handle more than 1,000 vaccinations a day.
By almost all measurements, the degree of coronavirus spread and the amount of money lost, not to mention the impact on the business, is very high. The average daily increase since November has increased by more than 1,000%, too, deaths that still represent real life and loved ones.
The photosensitivity rate, which is a percentage of people who tested positive for the virus, is now 18%, meaning that about one in five people tested positive for the virus. For most outbreaks, the positive rate is around 3%.
While hospitalizations have been stable among less than 8,000 people nationwide with nearly 1,700 critically ill, that number has dropped so much that special officials say hospitals are unable to heal. Longer than this About 750 new cases of COVID were still accepted per day, compared with about 250 per day in July.
Officials also cautioned that current conditions could be a driver between the end of Thanksgiving and what could be a further increase in sickness from New Year’s reunion and the yet-to-see Christmas holidays.
“We hope that the reduction will continue. But we are not yet seeing the results of the transmission occurring during the Christmas and New Year holidays, ”said Dr. Christina Ghaly, director of health services.“ This will be devastating. Although the slight decline will continue. But we are never close to being clear. “
Wednesday’s district update excludes the latest figures from Long Beach and Pasadena.Long Beach reported 15 more deaths, an additional 499 deaths and 546 new cases, killing the city. In total 41,625 Pasadena reported 186 new cases, an increase to 8,821.Two more deaths led to the city’s death count to 186.
Meanwhile, Ferrer said Wednesday that Britain’s COVID-19 is at significant risk in LA County, which could become a dominant strain by March if left unchecked. Although it doesn’t make the patient more sick. But it can be transmitted more easily, Ferrer said.
“Because the UK variant can spread more quickly, if left unchecked, it will be able to dominate the region by March,” Ferrer said. But can only be used when used correctly “
When asked if stricter public health orders would be put in place, Ferrer said officials were “considering all options now”.