Culver City sees above average vaccination rates as more vaccines arrive

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The city of Culver City has vaccinated its citizens at an above average rate compared to the the rest of the county, with 22.7% of residents in the city having received the vaccine as of Feb. 20.

These percentages are slightly skewed, as the total population number used is taken from the 2019 population numbers. In actuality, Culver City has vaccinated 7,445 people, with the population in 2019 being 32,840. This number also only tracks those who have received a single dose of the vaccine as opposed to both doses needed.

Culver City’s vaccination number hovers comfortably over the county’s average of 16% in the 348 different constituencies within the county where data was tracked. The city is considered on the upper end of the spectrum, with nearby cities like Hawthorne (11.2%) and Lawndale (9.9%) rolling their vaccines out much slower.

There are also other cities such as Rancho Palos Verdes (27.8%), Rolling Hills (30%), and Beverly Hills (32%) that have shown that the city can still strive for a more expedited distribution.

While this number is encouraging, it is not nearly high enough to begin normal activities. Officials in LA County are expecting a haul of 312,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including 53,700 doses of the newly approved Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Doses of this vaccine arrived in San Diego on Monday.

This will add to the total of approved COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. The Pfizer-BioTech vaccine was given emergency approval on Dec. 11, and the Moderna vaccine soon followed a week later. 

Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines are a newly engineered type — called mRNA vaccines — that uses your own cells to create the spike protein on the outer wall of the virus that attaches to cells to inject its own genetic material and begin the infection process.

The newly approved Johnson and Johnson vaccine uses a similar idea concept involving training your cells to react to the COVID-19 spike protein, but instead uses DNA encased by a uniquely programmed adenovirus.

The primary benefit of this vaccine, which showed a lower effacacy rate in trials compared to Moderna and Pfizer, is that only one shot is required to complete your dose. Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two doses, each taken weeks apart.

There are vaccination clinics in Culver City, held at the following locations:

  • One Medical: 10000 W. Washington Blvd.
  • The Achievable Foundation: 5901 Green Valley Cir.
  • Watts Health Center: 3861 Sepulveda Blvd.
  • Westside Family Center: 3861 Sepulveda Blvd.
  • Rite Aid 05463: 3802 Culver Center St.
  • Rite Aid 05464: 11096 Jefferson Blvd.
  • Ralphs Pharmacy #284: 10772 Jefferson Blvd.
  • Pavilions Pharmacy #2212: 11030 W. Jefferson Blvd. 

As of March 8, 2115 cases of COVID-19 have been found in Gardena, with 95 of those resulting in death. This translates to a death rate of about 4.5%.

To keep up with COVID statistics, visit the LA County Department of Public Health COVID Locations and Demographics webpage.