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For Immediate Release:

October 21, 2021

L.A. County Set to Administer Additional Boosters; Public Health Monitors School Cases and Prepares for Eventual Vaccine Expansion to Children - 27 New Deaths and 1,167 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

While the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) remains focused on administering first doses of vaccine to communities countywide, vaccination sites are preparing to make boosters available to everyone who needs one.

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met and approved boosters for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and noted that consumers are allowed to choose a different brand from their original vaccine as a booster. Once the CDC director provides their final approval, providers across the county will be able to administer additional doses.

The recommendations by the CDC and FDA allows for Booster doses of all three FDA-approved vaccines – Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Eligibility varies depending on which vaccine you initially received: anyone who received Johnson & Johnson more than two months ago is eligible for a booster shot. Meanwhile, booster eligibility for those who received Pfizer or Moderna is currently limited to people who received their primary series at least 6 months ago and who are either 65 and older or are over 18 and live in long-term care settings, have underlying medical conditions, or work or live in high-risk settings. People may receive booster shots of either the vaccine they originally received or a different vaccine.

Public Health estimates that 1.7 million residents in L.A. County received their second dose of Pfizer at least 6 months ago, 1.5 million received their two Moderna doses at least 6 months ago, and 470,000 residents received their Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago. Many of these individuals will be eligible for boosters once there is final CDC director approval.

The FDA and CDC are also expected to approve and recommend Pfizer vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 in early November. In L.A. County, this will make 900,000 children newly eligible for vaccination with pediatric doses of Pfizer vaccine. Pediatric doses of Pfizer vaccine are smaller than the adult and teen vaccine doses, 10 versus 30 micrograms, but the dosing schedule is the same: for children, teens and adults, two doses are given 21 days apart.

Currently, the County expects to get nearly 96,000 doses as part of our first wave of vaccine supply the first week in November, with many more doses arriving in two additional waves following very quickly thereafter. Doses are being allocated to the County and to the rest of the country on a pro-rata basis; based on your population. We do not anticipate scarcity, and expect there will be ample vaccine to meet demand.

An enormous network of providers countywide, is scaling up to provide vaccines to children between the ages of 5 and 11.

Today, Public Health confirms 27 new deaths and 1,167 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 27 new deaths reported today, seven people who passed away were over the age of 80, two people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, eight people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64 and four people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49. Six deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach. To date, Public Health has identified 1,481,814 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 26,499 deaths.

There are 613 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized, and 29% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for more than 8,940,000 individuals with 15% of people testing positive. Today’s test positivity rate is 0.9%.

Overall, the County continues to see a small decrease across all metrics. Daily average case numbers are 828 as of October 13th, down 18% from the prior week, while daily average hospitalizations decreased 14% to reach 676, and daily average deaths are below 10, now at 8 per day.

Unvaccinated people continue to account for most cases and hospitalizations, and are 6 times more likely to get infected and 23 times more likely to be hospitalized than vaccinated people. Although deaths are now declining, the risk of death is 43 times higher among people who have not been vaccinated.

Public Health is working closely with schools to monitor safety amid continued substantial transmission in L.A. County. Last week, there were 568 student cases and about 2,100 student close contacts. Among staff, we saw 79 cases and 186 close contacts. These numbers represent a 37% decline in school cases and a 45% decline in staff cases from the prior week. Given there are more than 1.7 million children and staff attending or working at over 3,000 schools countywide, these are strikingly low numbers. This amounts to 0.04% of students and staff testing positive and 0.1% identified as close contacts.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to those of you who have lost friends, neighbors, coworkers, and loved ones during this difficult time. Please know our deepest condolences are with you,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Throughout this pandemic, we have seen a pattern where COVID numbers increase with cooler weather and with more activities moving indoors. Layering protections is a sensible approach, and we have focused on layering with safety measures that do not create significant disruptions to customary operations. After vaccinations, masking offers us the next best tool for reducing spread. As we get ready to celebrate fall holidays, staying mindful of avoiding unnecessary risks should be top of mind for everyone.”

While you don’t need an appointment at many places to get a first, second or third dose, it is very easy to make an appointment for a booster dose. You can go to MyTurn.CA.gov or to our website at VaccinateLACounty.com to make an appointment and for more information about booster shots. Additionally, many pharmacies and clinics countywide may be accepting appointments through their own systems.

Vaccinations are widely available throughout L.A. County and are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.

Visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish) to find a vaccination site near you, make an appointment at vaccination sites, and much more. If you don’t have internet access, can’t use a computer, or you’re over 65, you can call 1-833-540-0473 for help finding an appointment, connecting to free transportation to and from a vaccination site, or scheduling a home-visit if you are homebound.

Vaccinated middle and high school students are eligible for free UCLA football tickets. UCLA has partnered with Public Health to give away free tickets to a UCLA football game at the Rose Bowl to middle or high school students in L.A. County who’ve received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while tickets last. Students aged 12 to 18 who’ve received at least one dose can sign up for the free tickets online by visiting: http://ph.lacounty.gov/DPHUCLAVaxforTix.

COVID-19 Sector Protocols, Best Practices, COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Recovery Dashboard, and additional actions you can take to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

Please see additional information below:

Total Cases

Laboratory Confirmed Cases

1481814

-- Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)*

1403638

-- Long Beach

64763

-- Pasadena

13413

Deaths

26499

-- Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)

25103

-- Long Beach

1033

-- Pasadena

363

Age Group (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

- 0 to 4

36944

- 5 to 11

78553

- 12 to 17

88955

- 18 to 29

332974

- 30 to 49

466145

- 50 to 64

258944

- 65 to 79

103333

- over 80

36954

- Under Investigation

836

Gender (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

- Female

707616

- Male

663922

- Other

745

- Under Investigation

31355

Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

- American Indian/Alaska Native

2395

- Asian

67027

- Black

67379

- Hispanic/Latino

724283

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

5170

- White

172740

- Other

118727

- Under Investigation

245917

Hospitalization (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

- Hospitalized (Ever)

105033

Deaths Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

- American Indian/Alaska Native

56

- Asian

3288

- Black

2205

- Hispanic/Latino

13337

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

87

- White

5899

- Other

201

- Under Investigation

30

CITY / COMMUNITY**

Cases

Case Rate

City of Agoura Hills

1446

6924

City of Alhambra

8213

9470

City of Arcadia

3370

5835

City of Artesia

2436

14504

City of Avalon

32

827

City of Azusa

7441

14870

City of Baldwin Park

14655

19090

City of Bell

7569

20833

City of Bell Gardens

9092

21109

City of Bellflower

13004

16729

City of Beverly Hills

3626

10504

City of Bradbury

42

3929

City of Burbank

11207

10456

City of Calabasas

1777

7306

City of Carson

12092

12885

City of Cerritos

3752

7494

City of Claremont

2854

7823

City of Commerce*

2702

20675

City of Compton

19655

19674

City of Covina

7706

15716

City of Cudahy

5383

22110

City of Culver City

2930

7350

City of Diamond Bar

4024

6996

City of Downey

20448

17896

City of Duarte

2763

12550

City of El Monte

19111

16297

City of El Segundo

1083

6452

City of Gardena

7842

12791

City of Glendale

24760

11991

City of Glendora

5965

11305

City of Hawaiian Gardens

2576

17552

City of Hawthorne

12675

14276

City of Hermosa Beach

1579

8027

City of Hidden Hills

135

7143

City of Huntington Park

12408

20859

City of Industry

191

43707

City of Inglewood

16807

14797

City of Irwindale

303

20768

City of La Canada Flintridge

1096

5296

City of La Habra Heights

131

2401

City of La Mirada

5386

10859

City of La Puente

7501

18431

City of La Verne

3559

10693

City of Lakewood

9390

11685

City of Lancaster*

28457

17613

City of Lawndale

4284

12745

City of Lomita

1947

9393

City of Lynwood*

14934

20728

City of Malibu

671

5177

City of Manhattan Beach

2082

5783

City of Maywood

5760

20535

City of Monrovia

4003

10317

City of Montebello

11531

17912

City of Monterey Park

5603

8999

City of Norwalk

18536

17223

City of Palmdale

29736

18706

City of Palos Verdes Estates

676

4999

City of Paramount

11404

20356

City of Pico Rivera

12567

19549

City of Pomona

29249

18758

City of Rancho Palos Verdes

2134

4992

City of Redondo Beach

4134

6018

City of Rolling Hills

84

4330

City of Rolling Hills Estates

434

5349

City of Rosemead

5588

10096

City of San Dimas*

3985

11545

City of San Fernando

6002

24386

City of San Gabriel

3671

8964

City of San Marino

471

3547

City of Santa Clarita

27124

12305

City of Santa Fe Springs

3378

18395

City of Santa Monica

6674

7219

City of Sierra Madre

637

5797

City of Signal Hill

1465

12418

City of South El Monte

3841

18391

City of South Gate

21163

21561

City of South Pasadena

1714

6579

City of Temple City

2760

7571

City of Torrance

9720

6512

City of Vernon

141

67464

City of Walnut

2147

7032

City of West Covina

15230

14071

City of West Hollywood

3627

9816

City of Westlake Village

153

1830

City of Whittier

13164

15056

Los Angeles

604039

14934

Los Angeles - Adams-Normandie

1365

16642

Los Angeles - Alsace

1857

14922

Los Angeles - Angeles National Forest

5

12500

Los Angeles - Angelino Heights

347

13869

Los Angeles - Arleta

7882

22933

Los Angeles - Atwater Village

1721

11735

Los Angeles - Baldwin Hills

3591

11537

Los Angeles - Bel Air

563

6679

Los Angeles - Beverly Crest

894

7138

Los Angeles - Beverlywood

1300

9869

Los Angeles - Boyle Heights*

19309

22224

Los Angeles - Brentwood

2142

6920

Los Angeles - Brookside

47

8090

Los Angeles - Cadillac-Corning

868

12189

Los Angeles - Canoga Park

10982

16821

Los Angeles - Carthay

1303

9072

Los Angeles - Central

8397

21535

Los Angeles - Century City

865

6762

Los Angeles - Century Palms/Cove

7252

21477

Los Angeles - Chatsworth

4621

12469

Los Angeles - Cheviot Hills

652

7109

Los Angeles - Chinatown

943

11757

Los Angeles - Cloverdale/Cochran

1949

13392

Los Angeles - Country Club Park

1844

12169

Los Angeles - Crenshaw District

1863

13472

Los Angeles - Crestview

1314

11559

Los Angeles - Del Rey

2679

8949

Los Angeles - Downtown*

5362

19493

Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

4386

11079

Los Angeles - East Hollywood

3782

12914

Los Angeles - Echo Park

1676

11756

Los Angeles - El Sereno

7107

16999

Los Angeles - Elysian Park

654

11450

Los Angeles - Elysian Valley

1492

14669

Los Angeles - Encino

4569

10115

Los Angeles - Exposition

441

13259

Los Angeles - Exposition Park

7259

16161

Los Angeles - Faircrest Heights

372

10333

Los Angeles - Figueroa Park Square

1613

18496

Los Angeles - Florence-Firestone

10534

22203

Los Angeles - Glassell Park

4049

12812

Los Angeles - Gramercy Place

1731

16081

Los Angeles - Granada Hills

8142

13992

Los Angeles - Green Meadows

4530

21065

Los Angeles - Hancock Park

1424

8357

Los Angeles - Harbor City

3217

11066

Los Angeles - Harbor Gateway

5949

13644

Los Angeles - Harbor Pines

221

9174

Los Angeles - Harvard Heights

2875

15941

Los Angeles - Harvard Park

8329

21956

Los Angeles - Highland Park

6677

13798

Los Angeles - Historic Filipinotown

2351

16950

Los Angeles - Hollywood

7681

11254

Los Angeles - Hollywood Hills

2332

7923

Los Angeles - Hyde Park

4668

16355

Los Angeles - Jefferson Park

1352

16747

Los Angeles - Koreatown

6362

12307

Los Angeles - Lafayette Square

631

13841

Los Angeles - Lake Balboa

6515

15436

Los Angeles - Lakeview Terrace

2665

20292

Los Angeles - Leimert Park

2059

13515

Los Angeles - Lincoln Heights

5795

17778

Los Angeles - Little Armenia

1328

16548

Los Angeles - Little Bangladesh

3236

11417

Los Angeles - Little Tokyo

488

15576

Los Angeles - Longwood

679

15776

Los Angeles - Los Feliz

1513

7002

Los Angeles - Manchester Square

1259

14749

Los Angeles - Mandeville Canyon

203

6498

Los Angeles - Mar Vista

2900

6828

Los Angeles - Marina Peninsula

237

5436

Los Angeles - Melrose

10068

12958

Los Angeles - Mid-city

1520

10113

Los Angeles - Miracle Mile

1439

8001

Los Angeles - Mission Hills

5054

20950

Los Angeles - Mt. Washington

3289

13622

Los Angeles - North Hills

10812

17559

Los Angeles - North Hollywood

25096

16574

Los Angeles - Northridge

9334

13373

Los Angeles - Pacific Palisades

1165

5472

Los Angeles - Pacoima

19208

24952

Los Angeles - Palisades Highlands

210

5460

Los Angeles - Palms

3447

7856

Los Angeles - Panorama City

15237

20249

Los Angeles - Park La Brea

904

6657

Los Angeles - Pico-Union

7857

18778

Los Angeles - Playa Del Rey

180

5632

Los Angeles - Playa Vista

869

7938

Los Angeles - Porter Ranch

3320

9329

Los Angeles - Rancho Park

517

7881

Los Angeles - Regent Square

327

11763

Los Angeles - Reseda

13568

17709

Los Angeles - Reseda Ranch

825

17796

Los Angeles - Reynier Village

343

8113

Los Angeles - San Pedro*

9406

12053

Los Angeles - Shadow Hills

506

11391

Los Angeles - Sherman Oaks

8212

9412

Los Angeles - Silverlake

4221

9575

Los Angeles - South Carthay

995

9391

Los Angeles - South Park

8313

21899

Los Angeles - St Elmo Village

782

17059

Los Angeles - Studio City

1961

8739

Los Angeles - Sun Valley

10862

20696

Los Angeles - Sunland

2762

13534

Los Angeles - Sycamore Square

50

7728

Los Angeles - Sylmar*

18639

22621

Los Angeles - Tarzana

4173

13515

Los Angeles - Temple-Beaudry

5907

14961

Los Angeles - Thai Town

1137

11591

Los Angeles - Toluca Lake

754

8663

Los Angeles - Toluca Terrace

183

14012

Los Angeles - Toluca Woods

156

8396

Los Angeles - Tujunga

3615

12999

Los Angeles - University Hills

320

9332

Los Angeles - University Park

4184

15239

Los Angeles - Valley Glen

4657

15515

Los Angeles - Valley Village

2821

11412

Los Angeles - Van Nuys*

16954

18192

Los Angeles - Venice

2685

7924

Los Angeles - Vermont Knolls

3392

19721

Los Angeles - Vermont Square

1736

22672

Los Angeles - Vermont Vista

8804

21376

Los Angeles - Vernon Central

12304

23662

Los Angeles - Victoria Park

1201

14299

Los Angeles - View Heights

298

8067

Los Angeles - Watts

8733

20464

Los Angeles - Wellington Square

690

14039

Los Angeles - West Adams

4650

16830

Los Angeles - West Hills

3982

9821

Los Angeles - West Los Angeles

3293

8750

Los Angeles - West Vernon

11565

21559

Los Angeles - Westchester

3597

6971

Los Angeles - Westlake

8795

14818

Los Angeles - Westwood

3734

6901

Los Angeles - Wholesale District*

8497

23519

Los Angeles - Wilmington

9871

17475

Los Angeles - Wilshire Center

6554

13064

Los Angeles - Winnetka

8020

15487

Los Angeles - Woodland Hills

6907

10149

Unincorporated - Acton

766

9610

Unincorporated - Agua Dulce

404

9716

Unincorporated - Altadena

4083

9360

Unincorporated - Anaverde

179

11870

Unincorporated - Angeles National Forest

39

3133

Unincorporated - Arcadia

737

9234

Unincorporated - Athens-Westmont

7678

18091

Unincorporated - Athens Village

1191

24321

Unincorporated - Avocado Heights

1276

18834

Unincorporated - Azusa

2712

17032

Unincorporated - Bassett

2911

19646

Unincorporated - Bouquet Canyon

68

6337

Unincorporated - Bradbury

52

48148

Unincorporated - Canyon Country

1152

14907

Unincorporated - Castaic*

4465

16421

Unincorporated - Cerritos

76

12947

Unincorporated - Charter Oak

0

0

Unincorporated - Claremont

52

7407

Unincorporated - Covina

2753

16368

Unincorporated - Covina (Charter Oak)

1842

14014

Unincorporated - Del Aire

392

8923

Unincorporated - Del Rey

41

12893

Unincorporated - Del Sur

246

10186

Unincorporated - Desert View Highlands

430

17248

Unincorporated - Duarte

951

21477

Unincorporated - East Covina

47

14286

Unincorporated - East La Mirada

644

12169

Unincorporated - East Lancaster

19

16667

Unincorporated - East Los Angeles

27796

22189

Unincorporated - East Pasadena

240

3748

Unincorporated - East Rancho Dominguez

3143

20532

Unincorporated - East Whittier

582

10969

Unincorporated - El Camino Village

989

11250

Unincorporated - El Monte

24

16552

Unincorporated - Elizabeth Lake

116

6984

Unincorporated - Florence-Firestone

15140

23399

Unincorporated - Franklin Canyon

1

8333

Unincorporated - Glendora

84

12727

Unincorporated - Hacienda Heights

6080

10872

Unincorporated - Harbor Gateway

0

0

Unincorporated - Hawthorne

355

14121

Unincorporated - Hi Vista

56

5100

Unincorporated - Kagel/Lopez Canyons

310

21955

Unincorporated - La Crescenta-Montrose

1463

7389

Unincorporated - La Habra Heights

16

2367

Unincorporated - La Rambla

329

15855

Unincorporated - La Verne*

203

9951

Unincorporated - Ladera Heights

554

7835

Unincorporated - Lake Hughes

58

8683

Unincorporated - Lake Los Angeles

1910

14699

Unincorporated - Lake Manor

182

11077

Unincorporated - Lakewood

0

0

Unincorporated - Lennox

3944

17496

Unincorporated - Leona Valley

151

8624

Unincorporated - Littlerock

646

16066

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Juniper Hills

147

11334

Unincorporated - Littlerock/Pearblossom

618

17316

Unincorporated - Llano

56

6385

Unincorporated - Marina del Rey

677

7194

Unincorporated - Miracle Mile

0

0

Unincorporated - Monrovia

446

11492

Unincorporated - Newhall

69

31364

Unincorporated - North Lancaster

199

16611

Unincorporated - North Whittier

1283

15347

Unincorporated - Northeast San Gabriel

1908

7938

Unincorporated - Padua Hills

14

6512

Unincorporated - Palmdale

128

15202

Unincorporated - Palos Verdes Peninsula

32

5153

Unincorporated - Pearblossom/Llano

179

9151

Unincorporated - Pellissier Village

191

30856

Unincorporated - Placerita Canyon

5

1087

Unincorporated - Pomona

74

3818

Unincorporated - Quartz Hill

1644

12738

Unincorporated - Rancho Dominguez

477

17926

Unincorporated - Roosevelt

111

11923

Unincorporated - Rosewood

199

15474

Unincorporated - Rosewood/East Gardena

197

16513

Unincorporated - Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez

603

17941

Unincorporated - Rowland Heights

4202

8236

Unincorporated - San Clemente Island

0

0

Unincorporated - San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon

19

2214

Unincorporated - San Jose Hills

3910

19336

Unincorporated - San Pasqual

44

2162

Unincorporated - Sand Canyon

24

7792

Unincorporated - Santa Catalina Island

252

94382

Unincorporated - Santa Monica Mountains*

1017

5462

Unincorporated - Saugus

166

107097

Unincorporated - Saugus/Canyon Country

51

14326

Unincorporated - South Antelope Valley

43

9451

Unincorporated - South El Monte

396

22061

Unincorporated - South San Gabriel

1068

12071

Unincorporated - South Whittier

9703

16384

Unincorporated - Southeast Antelope Valley

107

13700

Unincorporated - Stevenson Ranch

1733

8266

Unincorporated - Sun Village

1075

17810

Unincorporated - Sunrise Village

210

16204

Unincorporated - Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain

136

8203

Unincorporated - Val Verde

424

12814

Unincorporated - Valencia

280

9115

Unincorporated - Valinda

4308

18433

Unincorporated - View Park/Windsor Hills

1004

8629

Unincorporated - Walnut Park

3379

20932

Unincorporated - West Antelope Valley

66

4368

Unincorporated - West Carson

2737

12392

Unincorporated - West Chatsworth

4

33333

Unincorporated - West LA

210

22059

Unincorporated - West Puente Valley

1943

19756

Unincorporated - West Rancho Dominguez

234

17219

Unincorporated - West Whittier/Los Nietos

4880

18124

Unincorporated - Westfield/Academy Hills

62

4769

Unincorporated - Westhills

66

7867

Unincorporated - White Fence Farms

372

10100

Unincorporated - Whittier

373

9857

Unincorporated - Whittier Narrows

54

450000

Unincorporated - Willowbrook

7943

22751

Unincorporated - Wiseburn

642

10652

- Under Investigation

17401

- Under Investigation

17383

These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation. 9 cases and 1 death previously reported were not in Public Health's jurisdiction.

* Means that case numbers include cases associated with correctional facility outbreaks located in the city/community.

**Rate is crude and is per 100,000. This represents the number of cases per 100,000 people and allows for the proportional comparison of cities of different sizes.

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