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this drives the County’s urgency to reach as many residents as possible with the highly effective COVID-19 vaccines. Among the nearly 5.6 million fully vaccinated people in L.A. County, Public Health identified 55,259 people fully vaccinated who tested positive for COVID-19 as of September 28; about 1% of all those vaccinated have become infected with COVID-19. Of those who tested positive, 1,884 were hospitalized, up from 1,732 the week prior. This translates to 0.03% of all fully vaccinated people were hospitalized. Deaths in this group over this interval increased, from 229 to 257, to 0.005%.
Out of all our nearly 10.3 million L.A. County residents, including those who are not yet eligible for the vaccine, 66% have received at least one dose, and 59% are fully vaccinated. Countywide, nearly 106,000 additional/booster doses have been administered by L.A. County providers. Most of those doses have gone to people who are immunocompromised.
“To everyone facing the sorrow of losing a loved one to COVID-19, our hearts go out to you and we send you our prayers,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “As the nation mourns the loss of over 700,000 family members, co-workers, and friends who died from COVID related illness, we remain focused on bringing the vaccine to unvaccinated individuals, especially those with risk factors associated with increased risk of severe illness. Getting our entire community vaccinated is perhaps the best way to acknowledge how profoundly connected we are to each other for our individual and collective well-being during a pandemic. At County vaccination sites today, there are dozens of teens coming in to get their first or second doses, and dozens of older people, school teachers, and healthcare workers getting their Pfizer boosters. With hundreds of vaccination clinics open all across the county this weekend, those not yet vaccinated can take advantage of the easy availability of three highly effective vaccines, and those eligible for boosters, can give their immune systems a lift.”