The good news is that 61% of eligible LA County residents 16 years and older are fully vaccinated and nearly 85% of the eligible Culver City residents have at least received their first dose. Despite these vaccination rates, COVID-19 case rates are increasing. One month ago, the 5-day average of cases was 201 and today the 5-day average is over 1,000; this is an increase of more than 500% in just one month.
The test positivity rate has increased nearly 700% from the 0.5% seen a month ago; today’s test positivity rate is 3.7%.
Public Health encourages everyone unvaccinated for COVID-19 to get fully vaccinated as the start of school year approaches. If you begin your two-dose series for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines this week, it may allow enough time to be fully protected by the start of the school year. For all of the vaccines, you are only considered fully protected two weeks after all doses are complete.
Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health explains, “The COVID-19 vaccines are the most powerful tool to reduce the risk of serious illness if infected. A significant number of unvaccinated people indoors, with a highly contagious Delta variant circulating, makes it easy for this variant to be transmitted at higher rates. If you are not fully vaccinated yet, wear your mask in all indoor public settings and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently when outside your home. Get vaccinated without delay to have the best protection.”
Through Thursday, at County-run vaccination sites, LA City sites, and St. John’s Well Child and Family Center sites, everyone 18 and older coming to get a vaccine will have an opportunity to win one of seven packages of concert tickets. Prizes will include tickets to see Celine Dion, Grupo Firma, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, and Dan and Shay at Staples Center, and box seats to four classical concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. Official rules and participating site locations are posted online on the Los Angeles Vaccination Sweepstakes page. Winners will be contacted by phone and/or email.
Visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website to learn more about how to get vaccinated now.
Anyone 12 and older in living or working in LA County can get vaccinated against COVID-19. For now, only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for children, so make sure to go to a site that administers the Pfizer vaccine for children and teens ages 12 – 17. Many sites require that children be accompanied by a parent or guardian or that the child is accompanied by a responsible adult and has a signed consent form. Teens are also required to bring proof of their age at sites where they are not known to the provider. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recently updated its website to allow searches by zip code, vaccine type, location hours and by locations which do not require appointments. Visit the Vaccinate LA County website now to find the best location for you.
Need help? Call the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) Vaccine Call Center at (833) 540-0473 if:
You don’t have a computer or need help making an appointment
You need transportation to a vaccination site
You are homebound and need to get vaccinated at home
The DPH call center is open daily from 8 AM to 8:30 PM to help schedule appointments; dial (833) 540-0473 if you are in need of assistance. Information is also available in multiple languages 24/7 by calling 2-1-1. For more information, visit the Vaccinate LA County website.
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