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New Mass Vaccination Site At Cal State LA Opens Today

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The large vaccination site at Cal State LA is scheduled to start vaccinating eligible community members on Feb. 16, 2021. (Screenshot of Cal State L.A. video)
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Demand for vaccines in Los Angeles is much greater than the supply, but help is on the way with a new vaccine site opening at Cal State L.A. today.

The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the National Guard, the Department of Defense, and FEMA are working together on the large vaccination site, which is part of the federal effort to put up 100 vaccine sites in 100 days. The organizers aim to give 6,000 shots a day. These shots will be in addition to the vaccine allotments the state gets each week.

“Having this here for the community is really going to be a gamechanger,” Cal State L.A. executive vice president José A Gómez said.

Communities like Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles are among those hit hardest by COVID-19 in LA County.

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Dave Stone with Cal OES Fire & Rescue said they also chose Cal State L.A. because of all the different ways you can get there.

If you have access to a car, you can drive through for your shot. But if driving isn’t an option, there’s public transit.

“Cal State Los Angeles is a transportation hub,” Stone explained. “It's got a train station here, it has a bus terminal, and it has a MetroLink that comes into this location.”

After things are up and running on the Cal State L.A. campus, the plan is to send mobile teams into the community, to bring shots to eligible individuals at community centers and schools.

If you are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine, you can register for an appointment on the state’s MyTurn website.

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With additional reporting by Jackie Fortiér.

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