Congressman Gomez Calls for Cal State L.A. Vaccination Site to Remain Open
Los Angeles, March 30, 2021
LOS ANGELES – Today, Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) renewed his call for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to continue operating the Community Vaccination Center (CVC) at California State University, Los Angeles amid the rising threat of a fourth wave of COVID-19.
“Despite the swift pace with which the Biden administration has vaccinated 100 million Americans, our nation is still at grave risk of another wave of this deadly virus,” said Congressman Gomez. “The vaccination center at Cal State L.A. is nothing short of essential in maintaining an equitable vaccine distribution for underserved Angelenos. Vaccination rates in Boyle Heights and East L.A. – two communities best served by this center and hit hardest by the pandemic – are still lagging behind that of Los Angeles as a whole. While progress is being made, I have deep concerns that prematurely closing this vaccination site would undercut our collective efforts to overcome this public health crisis, particularly at a time when we must be prioritizing the health needs of our low-income communities and constituents of color.”
On March 25, Congressman Gomez sent a letter to Acting FEMA Administrator Robert Fenton, urging the agency to either extend its mission at Cal State L.A. or support local operation of the CVC by maintaining the site’s federal allotment of COVID-19 vaccines along with infrastructure and personnel.
With the ability to administer more than 6,000 doses per day, the CVC at Cal State L.A. has been critical to vaccinating those hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately 67 percent of the doses provided by the two CVCs in California were for underserved communities and people of color.
FEMA has indicated it will continue to provide support in the form of funding and personnel to the Cal State L.A. CVC. However, the direct federal supply of vaccines to the facility will cease on April 11.
To read a PDF of Congressman Gomez’s letter to FEMA, please click here.
The full text of the letter can also be found below:
Dear Mr. Fenton: