As Los Angeles County is pushing almost 1 million coronavirus cases, health officials announced their plans to ramp up vaccinations by expanding the eligibility list. All health care workers in LA County can now be vaccinated, which includes but is not limited to those who work in urgent care or primary care clinics, dental offices or pharmacies. Previously, only frontline workers in hospitals and nursing homes were allowed to get the shot. LA County wants to vaccinate 500,000 health care workers by the end of January with five new vaccine distribution sites, expected to open across the county next week. If vaccinations are completed for the bulk of health care workers in the county by the end of the month, the next phase will begin in early February. The next phase, known as 1B, would include people aged 75 and older and some categories of essential workers. LA County hopes to begin phase 1C, which would include people 50 and over, or people older than age 16 with underlying health conditions that puts them at higher risk of severe illness by late March.
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