LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said Friday more than 441,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered, which includes more than 353,000 first doses and over 8,800 second doses.
Health officials anticipate most of the doses L.A. will receive next week will be second doses.READ MORE: Garcetti: 88,000 Vaccines To Be Given Out During The Week At City Sites
Some L.A. residents have reported three to four hour wait times at Dodger Stadium as people rush to get vaccinated. But health officials said the demand outweighs the supply.
In Long Beach, some people have been able to get extra doses of vaccine left over at the end of the day, despite not having an appointment.
“I’m psyched!” said Security Guard Sarah Schoolcrat Friday after receiving her vaccine. “I feel great!”
Long Beach leaders said they have vaccinated more than 29,000 people. The vaccine is now available for people age 65 and older as well as grocery store and restaurant employees who live in the city.
“I’m very emotional,” said Eddie Dyer, who received the vaccine Friday. “Hopefully things will get back to normal.”READ MORE: 'I Was Desperate': Prince Harry And Meghan's Bombshell Interview
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti expressed concern Thursday at the pace that vaccines are being distributed during a surge of COVID-19 cases that is overwhelming local hospitals.
Garcetti said he is hoping vaccine makers will ramp up production in the coming days under the new Biden Administration, and more companies will get emergency use authorizations to increase the supply.
The pace of vaccinations is largely dependent on the number of doses the county receives each week, he added.
Concerned health officials said Friday if vaccinations continue to be administered at the pace they are going in Los Angeles County, the effort to build herd immunity against coronavirus will extend well into next year.
“If the flow of doses into the county remains at the current level of approximately 150,000 doses per week, the vaccination effort will likely extend well into 2022,” said Dr. Paul Simon, chief science officer at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.MORE NEWS: Woman, Child Found Dead Inside Rancho Cucamonga Home
Simon added L.A. would have to start receiving more than three-times the doses currently being provided each week to get a majority of people in the county vaccinated by the summertime.