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L.A. County to expand COVID-19 vaccine access to new sectors

Randy Mancini 9 Feb 23
FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2021, file photo, motorists wait to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a federally-run vaccination site set up on the campus of California State University of Los Angeles in Los Angeles. California's new system of delivering, tracking and scheduling coronavirus vaccines goes live Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, for 7 million people in a handful of counties as Gov. Gavin Newsom attempts to smooth out what has been a confusing and disjointed rollout hampered by limited national supply. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2021, file photo, motorists wait to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a federally-run vaccination site set up on the campus of California State University of Los Angeles in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Los Angeles County health officials are moving to expand COVID-19 vaccine access to several sectors.

On Monday, local Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer announced employees working in three sectors will become eligible to get vaccinated. This includes the more than 1 million residents working in education, emergency services as well as food and agriculture.

“Therefore, it’s necessary to not only partner with employers and employee organizations, but it’s going to require coordination with trusted sources for these groups,” explained Dr. Ferrer. “Like the unions, workplace leaders, community leaders and community based organizations.”

New COVID-19 Cases Decline in L.A. County as Vaccination Rollout Continues. 21 New Deaths and 943 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. View https://t.co/BvraJ8ydNa for more pic.twitter.com/YTTktFoxfs

— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) February 23, 2021

Residents in the newly designated tiers will be able to schedule appointments beginning March 1. Meanwhile, health officials are expected to reopen their six mass vaccination sites on Tuesday.

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