Vaccines to the Vulnerable: Mobile Vaccination Clinics Launch in East Los Angeles and Oakland

To reach more members of the community in East Los Angeles and Oakland, state and federal partners launched mobile vaccination clinics designed to serve the most vulnerable populations.  These clinics started deploying on Thursday, February 18, with a goal of administering more than 250 vaccines per mobile unit.

In addition to the thousands of vaccines being offered daily at the drive-thru and walk-up sites at Cal State Los Angeles and the Oakland Arena/RingCentral Coliseum, the goal of the mobile clinics is to reach diverse community members at locations they frequent.  In essence, these mobile units are bringing the vaccines to the people.

Video footage from the launch of the Mobile Vaccination Clinic in Bell, CA (media must source Cal OES): 

On Tuesday, February 16, two large-scale community-focused vaccine centers opened in California, which are open to eligible members of the public. Registration for vaccine appointments is available through the state’s MyTurn scheduling system or by calling 833-422-4255.

The goal of establishing these joint federal pilot sites is to continue to expand the rate of vaccinations in California in an efficient, effective, and equitable manner, with an explicit focus on making sure that communities with a high risk of COVID-19 exposure and infection are not left behind. With a focus on responding to the vaccination needs of our vulnerable and diverse communities, these pilot sites are part of the wider effort to establish 100 vaccination sites nationwide in the federal administration’s first 100 days.

The sites are run by a local, state, and federal effort, including the State of California through Cal OES, the National Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Department of Defense (DoD).

Alyson Hanner

Alyson Hanner joined the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) in 2020 after working nearly 20 years in the broadcast news industry. Since joining Cal OES, she has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the historic 2020 wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, she served as managing editor at local television stations in San Diego and Sacramento.

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