By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — With vaccination eligibility now opened up to everyone 16 years and older, teenagers are being urged to not miss their shot.

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Assemblyman Miguel Santiago kicked off a campaign Friday to encourage young people to get vaccinated, and followed his own advice by getting a shot himself at White Memorial Hospital in Boyle Heights. He cheered and clapped as soon as the nurse put a bandage over the injection site.

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“The only way to beat this pandemic is to get folks vaccinated, and it is absolutely important that our young people get vaccinated,” Santiago said.

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Two teenage girls were also on hand to get their shots at the event.

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White Memorial says its vaccine clinic will be transformed into a FEMA mass vaccination site next Wednesday, capable of giving more than 5,000 shots a day.