Los Angeles, CA–There are now 18 coronavirus vaccination sites open throughout Los Angeles County, with several more set to open in the coming weeks. Elected officials also held an event this week in Black and Brown L.A, where healthcare workers publicly received the vaccination. This was done in an effort to ease skepticism about the safety of the vaccine.
District 8 City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson visited Crenshaw Christian Center yesterday, which is currently one of the vaccination sites. L.A Mayor Eric Garcetti was also in attendance. Dawson wrote about the visit on his Instagram:
“Today I visited our testing and vaccination site at Crenshaw Christian Center #inCD8. I was joined by Mayor Garcetti to learn how our Fire Department will administer vaccinations to public health professionals in our community.”
Black and Latino communities are being hit the hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, due to pre-existing medical conditions, as well as a lack of access to healthcare. Despite this troubling reality, however, the skepticism remains high between many in both communities and beyond.
Forbes released an article that showed a high number of healthcare workers are refusing the vaccine. An internal survey also show that only 60% of LAPD officers are willing to take the vaccine.
It is important to keep in mind that the vaccine sites are currently only for frontline healthcare workers with high to medium exposure risk. Some of the vaccine sites include:
-Crenshaw Christian Center
-Lincoln Park Recreation Center
-Balboa Sports Complex in Encino
-Ritchie Valens Recreation Center in Pacoima
-Hazard Recreation Center in Boyle Heights
-San Fernando Park
-El Sereno Recreation Center
Photo identification and proof that you work in the healthcare industry is required. To register for the vaccine visit publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/vaccine/hcwsignup.