Vaccine appointments open up in Chinatown and East L.A. as city expands eligibility

Vaccine appointments open up in Chinatown and East L.A. as
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Los Angeles residents this week will have several new options for obtaining a COVID-19 vaccine, including a new clinic in Chinatown and a site in East Los Angeles offering doses without appointments Monday.

The latest developments come on the heels of the city’s announcement that residents 16 and older are eligible for a vaccine at city-run sites beginning Tuesday.

The Chinatown site, at 711 W. College St., is slated to open Monday in partnership with Chinatown Service Center and CORE. The site will operate five days a week and is expected to administer 500 to 800 doses per day, depending on supplies, officials said.

It will make use of a hybrid format of appointments and walk-ups to ensure that residents 65 and older have equitable access to the vaccine.

The Center for Family Health and Education also will offer walk-up shots Monday at East Los Angeles College to residents without appointments. Nearly 1,000 first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to the center’s chief financial officer, Cesar Landeros.

The site is at 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez in Monterey Park, “an area where the vaccination disparities continue to affect minorities,” Landeros said.

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Monterey Park has a large Asian and Latino population — both groups that have been underrepresented in the state’s vaccine efforts. Roughly 17% of L.A. County’s Asian population and 28% of L.A. County’s Latino population have received at least one dose of vaccine, according to data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

“We have noticed that there are a lot of neighborhoods throughout L.A. County that have struggled with getting the vaccine,” Landeros said Monday, noting that the pop-up event is intended to help provide doses to people who may not have access to the internet or to a vehicle, or who are unable to go to a mega-site farther away.

The nonprofit group also has locations in Panorama City, Northridge, El Monte, Inglewood and Long Beach.

“We have seen a tremendous amount of relief from the community,” he said of the local clinics.

In Los Angeles, appointments are available through several sites, including the state’s My Turn system and the city’s Carbon Health site. Appointments at clinics operated by the Center for Family Health and Education are also available directly through their website.

To date, more than 4.9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in L.A. County. All COVID-19 vaccines are free regardless of immigration or health insurance status.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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