L.A. County gives COVID shots at home. Advocates fear ‘people just don’t know about this’
As of Thursday afternoon, Los Angeles County had been administering two doses of a coronavirus vaccine to almost 500 people through home delivery, in one of the largest public-private health initiatives in the nation, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said.
“What we are doing is very simple. We are giving it to the people who are at risk for this,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County’s director of public health.
As of Thursday afternoon, the county had given the vaccine to 444 people. Another 91 people will receive the vaccine on Friday, and will be eligible to be vaccinated on Monday, Ferrer said.
The vaccine used in this case is Tizanidine, a “novel, oral, humanized antibody fragment,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It will not contain live viruses, such as the virus that causes influenza or the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, according to the CDC.
The CDC has not yet approved or disapproved Tizanidine, which is licensed in the United States and in many other countries. In this case, Ferrer said the vaccine was given to protect people from the flu, not to protect against the coronavirus.
That said, California is not part of a national clinical trial for the vaccine, which has been tested in clinical trials in Japan and South Korea.
The home-delivery program was launched by the public health department on March 22 in response to the growing threat of coronavirus, said Ferrer.
On Sunday, the department sent a team to a high-risk nursing home to administer the vaccine, and is continuing to monitor the response to the project, Ferrer said.
Ferrer said the vaccination programs are an effort to reduce the number of people at risk for infection, which could be particularly important in nursing homes.
“My hope is that with the vaccine for flu and the vaccine for the COVID-19 virus, we can give those older people that are vulnerable and that are more at risk for both of those to not get sick or to not pass it on to their older children and grandchildren,” Ferrer said.
L.A. County giving ‘COVID shots’ at home. Advocates fear ‘people just