As public health officials are concerned about a significant drop in the vaccination rate in Los Angeles County, all Los Angeles residents can expect to receive a text message Monday afternoon reminding them that photos are available.
The message will be sent as an alarm to the entire city to spread information on how to get a coronavirus vaccine, which is always free, said the mayor of El Eric Garseti in a tweet.
For the week ending April 30, Los Angeles County received 24% fewer doses of vaccine than the previous week, “and that’s not because we didn’t have a supply,” the county’s director of public health told a briefing Monday. Barbara Ferrer.
“Our efforts now must remain focused on making it as easy as possible for everyone aged 16 and over to get vaccinated,” she said.
There are more than 700 sites that distribute vaccines for free across the country, and many sites offer unconditional photos, including eight of the county-run sites. Visit Vacininatelacounty.com to find a place near you.
Currently, about 37% of Los Angeles County residents are fully vaccinated, and 65% of those aged 65 and over are fully vaccinated.
Addressing those hesitant to fire, Ferrer said vaccines have provided powerful protection, while the threat of more contagious options remains.
“Our ability to maintain a small number of cases and a correspondingly low number of hospitalizations and deaths can be largely attributed to the increased number of people vaccinated,” she said, adding that “almost no one who is fully vaccinated” has become infected. or has been hospitalized with a coronavirus.
Higher levels of vaccination have also helped prevent outbreaks in nursing homes and schools, officials say.
“We hope that because more teenagers who play sports are vaccinated, we will see fewer outbreaks in schools and youth sports, and this will lead to fewer cases in our school community and families,” Ferrer said.
But in the meantime, while people under the age of 16 are not eligible for the vaccine in the United States, camouflage and social distancing must be maintained in schools to prevent the spread of the virus.
“When children are indoors or near other people outdoors, children still have to wear masks,” Ferrer said. “There will be a time in the near future when many of our children will be entitled to the vaccine. And at this time they will be able to be safely dismantled indoors and outdoors. “
Ferrer also suggested that fully vaccinated adults continue to wear a mask around their children, even if they do not need to model good behavior.
“Protecting children from infections and complications, especially those who do not yet qualify for vaccinations, remains an important priority as we enter the coming months,” she said.
Five children in Los Angeles County have died as a result of COVID-19 infection. One was under the age of 5 and four were between the ages of 12 and 17. Two of the children died from complications of MIS-C, a rare inflammatory syndrome that can occur after a coronavirus infection.
The declining vaccination rate comes as Los Angeles County hopes to move into the yellow layer of the state’s reopening plan this week, allowing bars without food to reopen indoors and with more capacity elsewhere.
Last week, the Department of Public Health said Los Angeles County was on track to move to the yellow level – the least restrictive in the state system – as early as Wednesday, provided indicators remain.
On Monday, Ferrer said the county would not receive information from the progress until around noon on Tuesday – but she hoped the county would continue to advance on Wednesday.
If that happens, Los Angeles County will issue a new health care order with local rules for further opening under the Yellow Layer rules, which take effect Thursday.
On Monday, the county reported zero additional deaths for the second day in a row, but those figures reflect delays in reporting over the weekend. However, the average number of deaths reported each day is 80% lower than last month, Ferrer said.
“We hope that deaths will remain very low in the coming weeks,” she said.
The average number of new cases reported each day is about 306, which is 27% less than last month. 255 new cases of viruses were reported on Monday.
In addition to Los Angeles County, San Francisco, Marin and Trinity counties in Northern California are also on track to advance to the yellow level next week. They are ready to join the counties of Alpine, Lassen, Mendocino and Sierra, which were the only four at least restrictive on Monday.
According to the state plan, sports halls, cinemas, amusement parks, sports games and other live events, museums, zoos and aquariums can increase their capacity.
Non-food bars can also reopen indoors, as do saunas and steam baths with limited capacity.
And while the state initially said that theme parks and live venues could only allow visitors to the state, the guidelines now say that visitors outside the state can attend if they are fully vaccinated.
Some sites may also increase capacity further if all present are fully vaccinated or tested negative for coronavirus. In addition, only vaccinated sections are allowed in places, but face coatings will still be required.
But Los Angeles County health officials say people who are fully vaccinated should no longer wear masks outside unless they are in a crowded environment, reflecting instructions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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