LA County Officials Move To Make Vaccination Sites More Accessible By Public Transit
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a motion to help more people get to and from vaccine sites.
While there are now more than 300 vaccine distribution sites dotted across the county, actually getting to one without a car can be challenging –- especially for seniors, people with mobility issues, or those who rely on L.A.'s sprawling public transportation system.
The motion, authored by Board Chair Hilda Solis, directs the county's Emergency Management and Public Health departments to find ways to either re-route existing bus routes closer to vaccine sites, or find other ways to make the sites more accessible.
The motion explains:
"Until the COVID-19 vaccine is available in every neighborhood, there are significant inequities like access to transportation that must be addressed.
With inclement weather, limited appointment availability, and a limited but growing number of vaccine sites, the county has a responsibility to partner with transportation operators, authorities and companies to ensure community members, particularly those 65 and older, can access our vaccination sites with ease"
"Mobilizing more accessible options to the vaccine is integral to a successful vaccination campaign. It's not only a matter of equity, but, in my mind, it's also a matter of ethics. It's the right thing to do."
Meanwhile, starting next week, officials say the Department of Public Health will send mobile vaccination teams directly to housing developments in the county's hardest-hit communities to vaccinate homebound seniors.
READ THE MOTION