LA County sites offer additional COVID vaccine reminders – NBC Los Angeles

Second booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be offered, beginning Wednesday, to eligible residents of Los Angeles County vaccination sites.

Federal regulators on Tuesday approved additional injections of the COVID-19 vaccine. The additional Pfizer and Moderna vaccine boosters have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for people 50 and older who received their last booster at least four months ago.

Here’s what you need to know.

Where are the LA County sites offering additional COVID-19 vaccine boosters?

Los Angeles County Public Health Department vaccination sites will begin offering second doses to eligible residents on Wednesday at the following sites.

  • Obregon Park in East Los Angeles
  • Ted Watkins Park in South Los Angeles
  • Balboa Sports Complex in Encino
  • Commerce Center for seniors in Commerce
  • Center of Market Street in Santa Clarita
  • Palmdale Oasis Recreation Center
  • Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex

Site information is available here.

Other non-county operated sites may also have the secondary booster doses available this week.

Who can benefit from additional boosters?

US regulators this week authorized another COVID-19 reminder for people aged 50 and over. It is seen as a step to provide additional protection for the most vulnerable should the coronavirus rebound. The Food and Drug Administration’s decision opens up a fourth dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to this age group at least four months after their previous booster.

Until now, the FDA has only authorized fourth doses for people 12 and older with severely compromised immune systems. The agency said this particularly fragile group can also get an additional booster, a fifth strike.

Why is the additional reminder only allowed for certain people?

FDA vaccine chief Dr Peter Marks said regulators are setting the age at 50 because that’s when chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes become more common. , increasing the risks of COVID-19. When it comes to immunocompromised people, Marks said these patients are more likely to have their immune protection wane sooner and therefore may benefit more from additional protection.

There is little evidence to say how much benefit another booster might offer at this time. The FDA made the decision without input from its independent panel of experts who struggled with the amount of data needed to expand the views.

Will there be another recall recommendation?

The latest booster expansion may not be the last.

Next week the government will hold a public meeting to discuss whether everyone eventually needs a fourth dose, possibly in the fall, of the original vaccine or an updated vaccine.

What are the latest COVID numbers in LA County?

The county announced seven more COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, giving the county an overall total of 31,626. Another 541 cases were also reported, bringing the countywide pandemic total to 2,831,655.

The number of COVID-positive patients at county hospitals continues its downward trend, falling to 321 on Tuesday from 329 on Monday. The number of those patients being treated in intensive care was 57, down from 60 a day earlier.

The rolling average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 0.7% on Tuesday, about the same as in the past two weeks.

On Thursday, 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.

NBCLA’s Jonathan Lloyd contributed to this report.