Due to unfulfilled appointments, Cal State LA offers Walk-up vaccinations to anyone 18 and older – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A major vaccination site in Los Angeles has such an excess of COVID-19 vaccine doses that anyone 18 and older can walk up to get a vaccination.

People are lining up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Cal State LA site. April 7, 2021. (CBSLA)

The state emergency services office reported on Wednesday that many Johnson & Johnson vaccination appointments at the federally run super site Cal State LA were not fulfilled.

While only people eligible groups can make advanced appointments online, Cal State LA will offer vaccinations for anyone over the age of 18 from now through Sunday, when the city of LA takes over from the federal government to operate the site.

“To the extent that appointments are not kept, a limited number of appointments may be available as walk-ups for those 18 and older between tomorrow and Sunday, when site management goes to town,” CAL OES spokesperson Brian said. Ferguson to CBSLA. in a statement Wednesday. “By providing on-site vaccine providers some flexibility to fill vacant appointment schedules, we can increase the number of vaccinations in California in an efficient, effective and equitable manner.”

Vaccination opened April 1 to anyone 50 and older, and starting April 15, anyone 16 and older can get the vaccine throughout California.

Vaccination clinics are popping up across the region, making it easier than ever to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

On Wednesday, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the opening of a new clinic at the Million-Dollar Theater, next to Grand Central Market, in downtown LA. He urged restaurant workers and their families to get vaccinated regardless of their immigration status or access to health insurance. .

Laker’s great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appeared with Austin Beutner, Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, to encourage parents to get their vaccinations at the George Washington Prep Senior High School of Abraham Lincoln Senior High in Lincoln Heights, the first of 25 LAUSD campuses where vaccination clinics will take place. .

“The LA Unified School District will continue to reach out to all students and ensure that they will all get the benefit of the vaccine because we all want to get better, we don’t want to lose people to the COVID virus anymore,” Abdul said. -Jabbar.

Other vaccination clinics also started Wednesday at Los Angeles City College and at the YMCA in Southeast Rio Vista, both of which require appointments.

The drive-thru and walk-up clinic has launched at LA City College, but future clinics – which are open to the general public and members of LA Care and Blue Shield Promise – will take place on select days in hard-hit locations such as East Los Angeles , Pacoima, Lynwood and the Antelope Valley. Appointments for the LA Care clinic can be made at lacare.org/vaccine.

The Southeast-Rio Vista YMCA clinic is open through Saturday to eligible Southeast Los Angeles Collaborative members who live and work in Bell, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, Florence-Firestone, Maywood, Huntington Park, Lynwood, South Gate, Vernon and Walnut Park. A total of 2,000 Johnson & Johnson doses are expected to be distributed across the four-day clinic.

Meanwhile, eligible residents of Glendale and surrounding communities can get their vaccines next Friday at a mass vaccination site at Glendale Community College. The site will be operated by Jewel City Vax Clinic in partnership with the city, Glendale Community College and Adventist Health Glendale, and will have the capacity to administer 10,000 vaccinations per week. Appointments on this site can be made on the state’s MyTurn website.