At least in theory, there’s supposed to be a schedule for who gets to request a COVID vaccination in what order. The ubiquitous use of “group 1a” and “group 1b” breaks down along the same lines in most states, with frontline healthcare workers, nursing home residents and those over age 75 (sometimes 65) being at the head of the line. You wouldn’t know that looking at California some days, though. We’re constantly seeing reports of the powerful and the famous somehow miraculously managing to get vaccinated even if they don’t fall into any of those categories. The latest example of this phenomenon is Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti who turns out to have gotten his first injection more than a week ago. Garcetti, age 49, had a ready excuse for this, of course. (LA Times)
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is certainly younger than 65. And he isn’t a healthcare worker.
But the mayor is on the front lines of the pandemic response, according to aides. So Garcetti, who turns 50 next week, received a COVID-19 vaccination last Thursday.
Garcetti spokesman Alex Comisar said the mayor got his first dose after he spent five days at Dodger Stadium helping with the vaccination effort and “directly interacting with hundreds of Angelenos each day.”
The beginning of the linked article from the Times really sums up all you need to know. Garcetti is a career politician who majored in political science and urban planning in college. He has no qualifications in the medical field. If he was down at Dodger Stadium helping out at the vaccination site, he did it for a photo op. There was no need for him to be down there mixing it up with that many people when there have been plenty of volunteers for such work.