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Cal State LA named as COVID-19 community vaccination center

Hundreds of people receive free flu shots during a drive-thru clinic at Cal State LA in November 2020. The flu shot clinic and Cal State LA's participation in the COVID-19 vaccination effort are part of the university's We Are Healthy LA initiative, a collaboration with community partners to provide basic needs and help ensure health and safety during the pandemic. (Photo credit: J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LA)

Cal State LA is the site of a new federal community COVID-19 vaccination center.

The federal government partnered with the state of California to launch two new community vaccination centers: East Oakland at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and on Cal State LA’s campus. The centers are part of the Biden administration’s effort to scale up COVID-19 vaccine distribution nationally.

“In the Eastside of Los Angeles, we launched a large site on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles,” White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said during a Feb. 3 briefing. “This is one of the most diverse public universities in the country, serving a large Latino community.”

The new centers are operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of California through the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

“Cal State LA is ready to work with President Joe Biden, Gov. Gavin Newsom, and their administrations to provide badly needed vaccinations,” said Cal State LA Provost and Executive Vice President José A. Gómez. “Our students and alumni live in communities with some of the highest COVID-19 infection rates per capita in Los Angeles County.”

Cal State LA President William A. Covino noted the vaccination site aligns with the university’s mission.

“Cal State LA has a long history of collaborating with and serving in the community,” Mr. Covino said. “We are dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good. Our role as a vaccination center is another example of that dedication. We are grateful to President Biden and Gov. Newsom for this opportunity.”

Registration for vaccination appointments is available through the state’s MyTurn scheduling system.

The new vaccination centers are paired with two mobile vaccination clinics that can be deployed to multiple locations to increase distribution to areas that otherwise lack sufficient support, the governor’s office said.

Cal State LA’s participation in the COVID-19 vaccination effort is part of the university’s We Are Healthy LA initiative, a collaboration with community partners to provide basic needs and help ensure health and safety during the pandemic.

Under the initiative, Cal State LA has worked with federal, state, and local governments and organizations including the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, QueensCare Health Centers, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, and the Southeast Los Angeles Collaborative to provide influenza vaccinations and distribute more than 120 tons of food to approximately 5,000 families in the Los Angeles area.

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