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FEMA-Operated Vaccine Sites Will Close

The large vaccination site at Cal State LA is scheduled to start vaccinating eligible community members on Feb. 16, 2021. (Screenshot of Cal State LA video)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency plans to stop operating two mass vaccination sites in California next month.

The announcement comes shortly before the state makes everyone 16-and-older eligible for a shot.

Dr. Paul Simon, L.A. County's Chief Science Officer, said that with vaccine eligibility expanding, there will be a need to replace the FEMA site at Cal State L.A. that's closing.

“There are plans underway to figure out the best way to preserve that pod, or we might break it into smaller community sites,” he said. “We in no way want to scale back vaccination infrastructure.”

The two FEMA-operated vaccine sites opened in L.A and Oakland in February for an eight-week pilot program. That program concludes on April 11.

During the final two weeks of operation the sites will switch to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires just one shot, so that people do not have to sign up for a second dose elsewhere.

Report Confirms Racial Inequity Across Professional Sectors

An office. (Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash)

A new report on race in the workplace found that Black workers are underrepresented in the highest-paying industries, and the areas where those jobs are located.

Black workers are also overrepresented in lower-growth regions and frontline jobs, which frequently pay less.

On the current trajectory, it will take 95 years for Black employees to reach parity across all levels of the private sector.

Monne Williams, who co-authored the report, said that even though some companies have mentorship programs, there is still a “glaring disconnect.”

“87% of the companies who participated reported having a sponsorship program, but only about one-third of Black workers reported having a sponsor,” she said. “Less than a quarter reported feeling like they had a lot of support to advance.”

The report, which was published by McKinsey & Company, also found that Black employees collectively face workplace challenges, including limited advancement opportunities, high attrition rates, lack of sponsorship and allies, a scarcity of Black executives and management, and an overall perception of their workplace as less fair, accepting, and authentic.