February 2021 Central Area Updates from the Mayor’s Office

City Postpones Friday Vaccination Appointments Due to Delivery Delays

Mayor Garcetti announced that Friday vaccination appointments at City sites will be postponed due to delivery delays caused by severe winter storms across the country. Once the City confirms the arrival of a new shipment of doses in the days ahead, all patients who missed their appointment will be prioritized and receive a notification with details for their new automatically rescheduled appointment.

This announcement only affects the City of Los Angeles’ large scale vaccination sites. Vaccinations from the City’s mobile clinics will continue as planned. The Mayor and his team will continue to monitor the situation, and officials will determine the status of Saturday’s vaccination appointments as soon as possible. 

Mobile Outreach for Vaccine Equity (MOVE) Program

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the launch of the Mobile Outreach for Vaccine Equity (MOVE) program, which is an effort to scale up mobile vaccinations in some of the most vulnerable parts of Los Angeles. This groundbreaking program builds on a pilot initiative that’s already administered more than 4,200 COVID-19 vaccine doses in high risk profile areas measured by L.A. County COVID-19 Medical Vulnerability Indicators. Each mobile clinic has the capacity to vaccinate 200 people per day, with the capacity for greater potential as more supplies arrive.

Increasing Vaccination Accessibility 

Beyond the MOVE program, the City is working to increase vaccination accessibility to people of all abilities. The Mayor announced the opening of a new express lane at the Dodger Stadium site for customers of Access Services –– the agency that provides transportation for Angelenos with disabilities. The new lane will open on Monday, February 22nd; pending availability of vaccines, beginning thisSunday night, eligible Access riders can book their appointment and a round-trip ride by calling (626) 532-1616. Select your preferred language, and press option 2 to make a reservation. Reservations can be made daily between 8 AM and 5 PM. 

No Appointments Needed for COVID-19 Testing

Appointments are no longer required in order to get a COVID-19 test at a city-run site. COVID-19 testing will be available without appointments during Monday through Saturday from 8 AM to 3 PM. You will need to register your information while waiting in line, or you can still register for a test ahead of time, but it is no longer necessary. To find a testing location, visit coronavirus.lacity.org/testing.

Mayor Garcetti Announces Expansion of Paid Leave Policy

Mayor Eric Garcetti has updated his emergency order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by extending paid leave benefits to more workers exposed to COVID-19, assisting elderly family members, or caring for relatives who may be infected with the virus. The updated supplemental paid leave order now covers Angelenos who have worked at least 60 days at large businesses and nonprofits with more than 500 employees in the city or more than 2,000 employees nationwide.

Metro FY22 Budget Survey

Metro is striving to develop their FY22 budget in an equitable, transparent, and comprehensive process using input from you. To help shape Metro’s FY22 budget by telling them what’s important to you, fill out the survey here.

Free Healthy Eating Lifestyle Program for Kids

Dignity Health will be hosting a Healthy Eating Lifestyle Program (HELP) which will guide overweight or obese children to adopt healthier eating and physical activity habits. With COVID-19, kids are not being as physically active as before and possibly overeating due to stress, so HELP will facilitate a 1 hour program including physical activities for  kids and a free book with handouts for a healthier lifestyle. If you are interested in this program, please see the flyer attached.

USC Annenberg Youth Academy + Annenberg High School Day

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is offering a program called the USC Annenberg Youth Academy for Media and Civic Engagement, which is a free 3 week summer program available to 9th – 11th graders. Students who are accepted to AYA have the opportunity to learn alongside other passionate high school students. 

USC will also host an event called Annenberg Highschool Day (AHSD). AHSD is a one-day, FREE workshop that aims to bring together local high school youth from throughout Southern California. At AHSD, students will receive hands-on, immersive training in journalism, communication, media, and public relations. The program will take place on Saturday, February 20, from 10 am-2 pm via Zoom webinar.