L.A. County gives COVID shots at home. Advocates fear ‘people just don’t know about this’
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to allow County workers to administer COVID-19 coronavirus tests at home, but the measures have been blasted by public health officials and the nonprofit Los Angeles County Public Health Department, which warned that the plan was risky and unethical.
‘People just don’t know about this’
Supervisor Monica Rodriguez, who sponsored the proposal on Wednesday before it was officially passed by a 5-2 vote, said that one of the concerns she had was that the county was not providing adequate information to the public, and that the proposed procedures were not clear enough.
“What we’re trying to do is provide information for anybody who wants to know and can understand what is happening,” Rodriguez said. “We just don’t want people to believe we’re going to force people to go to the doctor.”
But public health officials said the plan, as proposed, would involve the staff administering the COVID-19 tests in their offices, with the possibility of getting them back to their offices for further testing.
In addition, the supervisors approved three proposed amendments designed to protect the people who may have been exposed to the virus, as well as residents in the county who do not have any history with the virus. The amendments include requiring that the supervisors and county attorney review the results of the testing once it is completed and approved by the public health department, if they have been received by that time.
Those proposed amendments were in addition to existing provisions that govern the handling and release of results.
Rodriguez and Supervisors Michael Franz, Tom Ammiano and Steve Glazer said that the amendments would be better regulated than the current proposal.
“The amendments in this proposal allow both for full public disclosure and for immediate release of results,” Rodriguez said. “That’s a step in the right direction.”
Both proposed amendments would expand the ways the county could handle the results of the tests, such as sending them to outside laboratories