COVID-19: Who's in line to get the vaccine next?
Priority is based, in part, on who's most at risk from the virus.
In December 2020, U.S. health officials began shipping out the first COVID-19 vaccines.
In time, the hope is that anyone who wants a vaccine will be able to get one. But there isn't enough supply to meet the high demand just yet. So it's being rolled out in phases.
States currently set their own rules about when to offer the vaccine to different groups. But a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory committee made some recommendations about who should get the vaccine first.
In making these decisions, they looked at a number of factors, including the need to lower the number of deaths and serious illnesses as much as possible, to protect those already facing serious health challenges, and to keep the country running during the pandemic. Here's what they suggested:
Healthcare workers. Due to their work caring for sick people, they face a greater risk of exposure to the virus. Protecting them first also helps ensure that healthcare systems can continue to operate.
Long-term care residents. Group living situations, older age and poor health put this group at very high risk from COVID-19.
Frontline essential workers. This group includes firefighters, police, and those who work in food production, grocery stores, manufacturing, public transit, post offices and schools.
People ages 75 or older. They are at high risk of severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death.
People ages 65 to 74. These older adults are also at high risk of severe illness.
People ages 16 to 64 with high-risk medical conditions. Certain health conditions can raise the risk of severe COVID-19. See a list.
Other essential workers. That includes people working in industries such as:
- Food service.
- Information technology.
- Public safety.
- Public health.
Who comes next?
Los Angeles County has initiated efforts to vaccinate individuals aged 65+. To book an appointment, please visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/vaccine/ or call 833-540-0473.
The six sites below are operating vaccination centers:
- Pomona Fairplex
1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768
- The Forum
3900 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90305
- California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330
- County Office of Education
12830 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242
- Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355
- Dodger Stadium
1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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