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Why Can’t I Find An Appointment For A First Dose Of A COVID-19 Vaccine This Week?

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A dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
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For the rest of this week, vaccination sites run by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will not offer first-dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

Instead, after today, all of the appointments at those vaccination sites will be for people who have already gotten their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine from LA Public Health and who are in need of their second one.

“Due to limited supplies of the vaccine, the county is limiting the number of new and first dose appointments,” Supervisor Hilda Solis told reporters Monday. “This is to ensure that we have enough doses to guarantee a second dose for people who already received the first one.”

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LA County received 184,625 doses last week and will receive more than 218,000 doses this week, according to LA Public Health director Barbara Ferrer.

Supervisor Solis said she hopes vaccine supply will increase so the county can offer more first dose appointments in the future.

If your second dose is coming up, we wrote a guide to getting that appointment on the books -- whether you got your first dose at a site run by the County of LA, the City of LA, a health provider, or pharmacy.

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