Pierce College Vaccination Site Opens Tuesday, But Doses Extremely Limited

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WOODLAND HILLS (CBSLA) – A new large-scale vaccination site run by the city of Los Angeles will open Tuesday at Pierce College in Woodland Hills. However, doses are expected to be severely limited, at least in the short-term.

A COVID-19 vaccination site at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. Feb. 15, 2021. (CBSLA)

On Monday, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that Pierce College site would only have 4,600 first doses available to administer this week. Pierce College will also have to share a portion of those doses with the city’s mobile vaccination clinics.

Pierce College is opening as the city’s sixth permanent vaccination super site. The other five are at Dodger Stadium, Hansen Dam Recreational Center, San Fernando Clinic, Crenshaw Clinic and the Lincoln Park Clinic.

The city and county of L.A. has been experiencing a major COVID-19 vaccine shortage over the past few weeks.

After having to shut down Friday and Saturday because they completely ran out of doses, this week the city’s vaccination super sites will be forced to prioritize those slated to receive second doses because of the extremely limited supply. The city only received about 58,000 new doses this week, Garcetti disclosed Monday.

Meanwhile, for the second straight week, the seven super sites managed by L.A. County will also only be administering second doses as well.

The first federally-managed COVID-19 vaccination super site in Southern California will officially open at California State University, Los Angeles Tuesday as well. It will be capable of vaccinating up to 6,000 people per day.