By T.A. Hendrickson
City and county officials have announced that Dodger Stadium, a major COVID-19 testing site, will cease testing as of Monday and be repurposed as a mass vaccination site starting Friday, Jan. 15.
Officials stressed, however, that testing remains a crucial element in stopping the spread of COVID-19 as the vaccine is rolled out.
“Robust COVID-19 testing is the linchpin to getting out of this current and unprecedented surge and the vaccine is fulcrum to ending the pandemic once and for all,” said Hilda Solis, the L.A. County supervisor for the First District, which includes Northeast Los Angeles.
In NELA, testing remains available at CVS – Eagle Rock (1030 Colorado Blvd.), Comprehensive Community Health Centers – Eagle Rock (1704 Colorado Blvd.) and Comprehensive Community Health Centers – Highland Park (5059 York Blvd.).
A full list of testing sites in the City and County of L.A., including pop-up locations that are announced weekly, is available here.
Vaccination is currently being offered to health care workers and to residents of skilled nursing and other long term care facilities. Vaccination of the broader population is estimated to begin in early February, starting with people age 75 and older and people who work in high-risk jobs in education, childcare, emergency service and food and agriculture. The estimated timetable is subject to change based on vaccine availability and other factors. To keep track of the vaccine rollout and when you may be eligible, visit VaccinateLACounty.com.
In the meantime, officials urge everyone to keep wearing masks, avoid gatherings, maintain social distance and stay home.