COVID vaccine standby line in South LA and racial equity

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Stella Kim and James Cannon arrived at Kedren Community Health Center at 5 a.m. to potentially get leftover COVID vaccine shots at 4 p.m. Dozens of people were already waiting in front of them. Photo by Caleigh Wells.

Many Angelenos are camping out on a sidewalk overnight to be first in a daily unofficial standby line for leftover COVID-19 vaccine doses. That’s raising equity questions at Kedren Community Health Center in the Historic South Central neighborhood of LA, where residents are predominantly Black and Latino, and the people in line are predominantly white and driving from more affluent neighborhoods.