LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles will offer appointment-free COVID-19 vaccines at all city-run sites beginning Monday, and will also open two additional night clinics.
“We stand at a critical juncture in our fight to end this pandemic,” L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said Sunday, in making the announcement.
All city-run sites will be open Monday through Saturday. The city added a sixth day of service last week and started to offer appointment-free options at certain walk-up and mobile locations.
L.A. will add the appointment-free option at all of its drive-through locations: Crenshaw Christian, Hansen Dam and Dodger Stadium. Pre-registration is not required, but Angelenos who wish to plan ahead can click here to sign up or find the locations nearest to them.
For a second week in a row, the city indicated that it was prepared to administer over a quarter-million vaccinations, and the additional efforts were intended to expand access for Angelenos.
“Our vaccines are safe and effective, and we will continue working to get shots into the arms of our local families, protect ourselves and our loved ones, and start Los Angeles on the road to health, economic growth, and a lasting recovery,” said Garcetti in a news release.
Additionally, the city’s mass vaccination sites at Pierce College and L.A. Southwest College will now operate extended hours from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., as part of efforts to administer vaccinations after regular working hours to residents in under-vaccinated regions of L.A.
A third night mobile clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Green Meadows Recreation Center in South L.A. to provide a late-hour option for working people. This comes on the heels of seeing 62% of first doses delivered after 2 p.m. at the city’s first night clinic last week.
This week, the city will also deploy 10 mobile teams Monday through Saturday to residents in Glassell Park, Arleta, Sylmar, Chesterfield Square, Green Meadows, Boyle Heights, North Hollywood, San Pedro, Wilmington and Canoga Park.
City sites will offer second-dose appointments this week for Angelenos who received their first Moderna shot from April 12-17 or their first Pfizer shot from April 19-24. Second-dose patients should have received notifications with their appointment details recently by text and/or email.
Last month, Garcetti indicated that the Dodger Stadium site, one of the largest in the nation, would close by the end of the month.
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