Los Angeles Councilman Paul Koretz filed a motion Wednesday to have the city’s staff work with the county’s Department of Public Health on a plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccinations, once they become available.
“We need to make sure that the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine is met with a carefully planned storage and distribution strategy to get it immediately to those who need it most and made readily available to as many Angelenos as possible,” Koretz said.
“Moreover, it will take a targeted marketing campaign to make sure that all of our communities understand the importance of getting immunized as the best hope of combating spread, to understand the process and for them to have immediate and affordable access as soon as possible.”
Koretz said the vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna will each require two doses.
The motion asks the DPH to report back in January, after the council’s winter recess, with information on:
— plans for acceptance and distribution of the vaccine, including “ultra-cold” storage;
— how the vaccines will be administered, who will receive them first and how people can get a second shot;
— a publicity campaign to encourage people to take the vaccine; and
— an education campaign for people receiving the vaccine regarding how soon it takes effect, whether recipients need to continue to follow the rest of the public health guidelines and when to return for the second phase of the vaccination.
It was not immediately clear which of the council’s committees will first hear Koretz’ motion.
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