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'Hopeful For The First Time In A Long Time': 25% Of LA County Residents Are Fully Vaccinated

Californians Lineup For Covid-19 Vaccines As State Lifts Lockdown Restrictions
People with appointments stand in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site at Lincoln Park amid eased lockdown restrictions on Jan. 28, 2021.
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Things are looking up a little over a year into the pandemic. So far, about a quarter of all L.A. County residents are fully vaccinated.

County public health director Barbara Ferrer says that comes as L.A. County's case numbers are now lower than they were a year ago:

"Like so many of you, I do feel hopeful for the first time in a long time. Which makes it even more critical that we all follow the safety measures. We cannot let up — not now."

Los Angeles County's health officer order will be updated later this week to lift some of the restrictions on indoor and outdoor events.

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Starting Thursday (APRIL 15), venues must stick to certain capacity limits based on their size. The limits can increase if all guests test negative for COVID-19, or are fully vaccinated.

Masks and social distancing will mandatory and other California residents will be admitted.

The changes align with an earlier announcement by state health officials.