A nurse administers the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at Kedren Community Health Center in Los Angeles in February. Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images
At the current rate of Covid-19 vaccinations, Los Angeles County is expected to reach herd immunity to coronavirus by mid to late July, county health officials said in a briefing Monday.
Dr. Barbara Ferrer, L.A. County’s public health director, explained that at least 400,000 residents need to be vaccinated each week before the county reaches this level of community immunity.
The county still has about 1.5 million first doses to administer before 80% of all residents are vaccinated, according to Ferrer.
“The more and more people that get vaccinated, the less and less there’s community transmission,” Ferrer said.
While over eight million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the county, there are over three million eligible residents who have not yet been vaccinated, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis said.
The county is encouraging people to get vaccinated and is now offering mobile vaccination units to go directly to the workplace for those who may have limited availability or time.
According to Ferrer, the rate of vaccinations continues to rise, but at a slightly slower pace now than earlier in the year.
With over 10 million residents, Los Angeles County is the most populous county in the nation. The county has reported a total of 24,003 Covid-19 deaths and at least 1,235,797 cases.
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