If a Los Angeles city councilmember showed up at your door to encourage you to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, would you do it?
Council President Nury Martinez and other city officials are did just that in North Hills Thursday in the hopes that this and other efforts will encourage more people to get vaccinated — such as in some communities, including among Black and Latino residents, who are getting vaccinated at lower rates than other groups.
The overall rate of Angelenos over the age of 16 getting vaccinated is now at 53%, as of data provided Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, but that drops to a third for Black and 38% for Latinx residents. Meanwhile, 54% of White residents and 61% of Asian residents were fully vaccinated.
Countywide, roughly 64% of county residents age 16 and older have received at least one dose so far.
The door-to-door campaign Thursday was to help launch VaxUp, an outreach and educational awareness campaign around COVID-19 and vaccinations. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics were also on-hand at some homes to give Pfizer vaccine shots.
“We’re currently administering about 100,000 vaccinations to L.A. County residents each week, and have about 1.1 million more first doses to go before 80% of all L.A. County residents 16 and older have received at least one vaccine,” County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a virtual media briefing on Wednesday.
“If we keep vaccinating at the same rate we’ve been going for the past two weeks, it will take us until late August to reach this goal. And obviously we would like for this to happen sooner, so we’re hoping with easier access and more opportunities to get questions answered about vaccine safety, we can increase the number of doses we’re administering each week.”
The 80% vaccination rate has been generally cited as the level desired to reach so-called “herd immunity” against COVID-19.
The county has continued to expand its mobile vaccination efforts in hopes of reaching hard-hit communities. Along with financial incentives being offered by the state, the county is also offering prizes of its own for people who get vaccinated.
Through Thursday, at all county-run vaccination sites, city sites and St. John’s Well Child and Family Center sites, everyone 18 and older getting their first COVID-19 vaccine will have an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the 2021-2022 home season of either the LA Kings or the LA Galaxy.
City News Service contributed to this report
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