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Vaccine Eligibility Expands to Residents 50-64 Years Old

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As of Thursday, residents 50 through 64 years old are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, on April 15, vaccines become available to any resident in Los Angeles County who is 16 and older. 

There still aren’t enough doses to vaccinate everyone that is eligible, but the county has prepared for increased allocations and expanded eligibility, officials said in a statement. Public health officials want to be able to administer 1 million doses a week by the end of April.

For information about who is eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in L.A. County, how to make an appointment if it is your turn, what verifications you will need to show at your vaccination appointment, and much more, visit: VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and VacunateLosAngeles.com  (Spanish). Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 53 new deaths and 757 cases of COVID-19, Thursday. While COVID-19 numbers have decreased in L.A. County, transmission is widespread and increasing in many other states and countries and officials worry the same could occur here as people travel and gather during the spring break season and celebrations.

“Highly contagious variants are spreading throughout the country, and we continue to have concerns about the increased risk of transmission during spring break and holiday travel and parties,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of Public Health. “Not only are people from different places gathering in large numbers in airports, but also at social gatherings when they are at their destination. These scenarios present the perfect opportunity for the COVID-19 virus to find new hosts and spread.”

L.A. County requires all persons to self-quarantine for 10 days when arriving in L.A. County from other states or countries.

Private gatherings indoors are permitted with up to three separate households with masking and distancing required at all times and should be limited to two hours. Outdoors is still safer than indoors. People who are fully vaccinated can gather in small numbers indoors with other people who are fully vaccinated without required masking and distancing. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks or more after they received the second dose of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks or more after they received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Fully vaccinated people should continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distance in public.

April 2, 2021

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