LOS ANGELES, CA – Eligible Angelenos began receiving their second coronavirus booster shots on Wednesday just a day after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer and Moderna booster shots for people age 50 and over. more.
Los Angeles County vaccination sites began offering second boosters and Rite Aid announced that all of its sites in California were offering the vaccines. Less than 40% of Los Angeles County residents have received their first booster shot, which health officials recommend to compensate for declining immunity over time.
The second boosters of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been authorized for people aged 50 and over, and who received their last booster at least four months ago.
Boosters are also available for younger people considered immunocompromised and at higher risk of serious illness from the virus.
Los Angeles County Public Health Department vaccination sites began offering second doses to eligible residents on Wednesday at:
- Obregon Park in East Los Angeles;
- Ted Watkins Park in South Los Angeles;
- Balboa Sports Complex in Encino;
- Commerce Senior Citizens Center in Commerce;
- Market Street Center in Santa Clarita;
- Palmdale Oasis Recreation Center; and
- Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex.
Site information is available online at VaccinateLACounty.com. Health officials said other sites not operated by the county may also have secondary booster doses.
Many pharmacies also made secondary boosters available.
The county announced 29 more deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, giving the county an overall total of 31,655. Another 587 cases were also reported, bringing the countywide pandemic total to 2,832,706.
The number of COVID-positive patients at county hospitals was 325 on Wednesday, up slightly from 321 on Tuesday. The number of those patients being treated in intensive care was 51, down from 57 a day earlier.
The rolling average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 0.9% on Wednesday, a slight increase from 0.7% over the past two weeks.
Last week, the department reported an increase in COVID infections attributed to BA.2, an offshoot of the Omicron variant that caused a winter surge in cases and hospitalizations.
According to the county, the BA.2 subvariant accounted for 14.7% of all specially sequenced cases in the week ending March 5 — more than double the rate of 6.4% the previous week. Experts have suggested that BA.2 is at least 30% more contagious than the Omicron variant, which already spread much more easily than the original COVID-19 virus.
According to the county, as of Sunday, 83% of eligible county residents ages 5 and older had received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, and 75% were fully vaccinated. However, only 30% of children aged 5-11 have been fully immunized, the lowest rate of any age group.
Among black residents, only 55.4% are fully vaccinated, along with 58.9% of Latino residents, compared to 73% of white residents and 82% of Asians.