Cal State LA offering COVID-19 vaccines for all adults

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The Cal State Los Angeles mass vaccination site will allow any adult to stand in line for a COVID-19 vaccine between Thursday and the end of Sunday, the governor’s Office of Emergency Services said Wednesday night.

The decision comes about a week before the state, starting April 15, formally allows any Californian 16 and older to get the vaccine.

The move came about because there has, in recent days, been excess capacity at the Cal State L.A. site to administer COVID-19 vaccinations.

Thousands of appointment slots there have gone unbooked by eligible people through the MyTurn registration system. As a result, vaccinators at the site have been allowed to inoculate adults walking up to the site without an appointment — including people outside of the eligibility criteria, said Brian Ferguson, a spokesman with the Office of Emergency Services.

“Over the last handful of days, we haven’t been able to fill all of the appointments,” Ferguson said. As a result, staff on site “were starting to take walk-ups. [Wednesday] is the day where it took off.”

Anyone 18 and older will be allowed to wait in line to get the vaccine at the Cal State L.A. site between Thursday and Sunday night, Ferguson said.

“As long as vaccines remain available, we’ll vaccinate until we’re out,” he said.

People can wait to see if vaccines are available at the site’s pedestrian walk-up area, said Cal-OES spokesman Greg Renick.

Vaccinators will still prioritize appointments made through the state’s MyTurn system, which can only be made by people aged 50 or older, those with underlying medical conditions, and for people who work in specified essential jobs, such as healthcare, education, child care, emergency services, and food and agriculture. People can sign up for an appointment at the myturn.ca.gov website or by calling (833) 422-4255.

The Cal State Los Angeles vaccination site, located on the city’s Eastside at 5151 State University Drive, is now being run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Management of the site will be turned over to the city of Los Angeles on Monday morning.

The Cal State L.A. vaccine site is open between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. People do not have to live or work in L.A. County to be eligible for a walk-up vaccination at the Cal State L.A. site.

The Cal State L.A. site administers the Johnson & Johnson shot, which requires only one dose.

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Other counties have decided to move faster than the state’s guidance in allowing all adults, and also some teenagers, to get access to the vaccine.

In Southern California, Kern, Riverside and San Bernardino counties have made anyone aged 16 and older eligible to get the shot.

Orange County is allowing anyone aged 16 and over who live in four hard-hit ZIP codes — 92701 and 92703 in Santa Ana; 92805 in Anaheim and 92844 in Garden Grove — to be vaccinated.

In the Bay Area, Alameda County is allowing anyone aged 16 and over living in a dozen hard-hit ZIP codes to be vaccinated, which include neighborhoods in Oakland, Hayward, San Leandro and unincorporated San Lorenzo.

Elsewhere in California, a number of counties in the north — such as Contra Costa, Butte, Shasta and Nevada — are among those that have opened up vaccines to those aged 16 and over; most require recipients to either live or work in those counties. Yuba and Sutter counties have made COVID-19 shots available to anyone aged 18 and older who live or work there.

The UC Davis Health system in the Sacramento area is also vaccinating people aged 16 and over.

All COVID-19 vaccines are free for anyone living in the United States, regardless of immigration or health insurance status.

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