LOS ANGELES, Calif. Nov 5 – Among the nearly 5.9 million fully vaccinated people in L.A. County, Public Health identified 68,780 people who were fully vaccinated who tested positive for COVID-19 as of November 2. In all, a little over 1% of fully vaccinated people in L.A. County have tested positive. Of those who tested positive, 2,314 were hospitalized, which translates to 0.039% of all fully vaccinated people. There have been 379 deaths among fully vaccinated people, or 0.006% of fully vaccinated people passed away.
Nearly 13.4 million vaccine doses have been administered in communities across Los Angeles County. As of October 31, 94% of L.A. County residents 65 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine, as have 80% of residents 12 and over. Seventy-two percent of residents 12 and over are fully vaccinated. Seventy-three percent of L.A. County teens between the ages of 12 and 17 have received at least one dose.
Out of the County’s nearly 10.3 million L.A. County residents, including those who are not yet eligible for the vaccine, 69% have received at least one dose, and 62% are fully vaccinated.
The three U.S. FDA- and CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccines are under the most intensive vaccine safety monitoring in U.S. history. In addition, scientists and physicians, including pediatricians, obstetricians, and pregnancy experts, among others, recommend the vaccines for eligible children, teens and adults, pregnant women, older adults and those medically fragile. Studies have affirmed the vaccines’ safety, including in all stages of pregnancy, and the vaccines have been shown to have no impact on fertility in either men or women. There are many pervasive myths that continue to circulate. None of the vaccines contain the virus that causes COVID-19 in any form, and they cannot give you COVID-19.
Today, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) confirms 24 new deaths and 1,549 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 24 new deaths reported today, seven people who passed away were over the age of 80, four people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, seven people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, and three people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49. Four deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach. To date, Public Health has identified 1,499,911 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 26,719 deaths.
There are 650 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 24% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for nearly 9,130,000 individuals with 15% of people testing positive. Today’s test positivity rate is 1.4%.
“With every death we report there is grief and sorrow for the families and friends who must now cope with the loss of a loved one,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “We remain committed to working with businesses and residents to prevent the continued spread of a virus that results in serious illness and death. Our goal is to ensure everyone has good access to high-quality information about vaccine safety and easy access to vaccines. We are reassured that 900,000 children ages 5-11 can get vaccinated before the winter holiday, allowing many families to have more peace of mind as they make plans to gather with others to enjoy festivities.”
Los Angeles County vaccine providers are now administering Pfizer vaccine to children 5 to 11 years old. All Public Health sites are offering Pfizer for children 5 to 11 years old along with many pharmacies and clinics. Some sites require appointments; walk-ins are welcome at the Public Health sites.
Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status. Appointments are not needed at all Public Health vaccination sites where first, second, and third doses are available.
Vaccine providers across Los Angeles County are also administering boosters for all three FDA-approved vaccines; Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. People eligible for boosters include adults of any age who received their first Johnson & Johnson dose at least two months ago, and people who got the second dose of their Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least six months ago and are 65-plus years old or are over 18 and live in long-term care settings, have underlying medical conditions, or work or live in high-risk settings.
As of November 5, California has confirmed a total of 4,688,285 COVID-19 cases and 71,852 deaths.