LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Guv Gavin Newsom stated in an interview Friday that 1.18 million dosages of the COVID-19 vaccine have been provided so far throughout California. However with new supersites emerging around Southern California, he said he wishes to increase the pace and distribution of the vaccine.

“The truth is we require to get these vaccines out of the freezer and we need to get them into people’s arms,” Newsom said in a press conference at Dodger Stadium Friday.

The site opened its doors to provide healthcare workers the COVID-19 vaccination Friday, vaccinating about 4,000 individuals by the end of the first day.

Mayor Eric Garcetti stated as soon as the stadium is fully up and running, 12,000 people will have the ability to receive vaccinations daily, making it among the biggest vaccination sites in the United States.

” [Dodger Stadium] will move us closer to a day we can’t wait to awaken and become aware of. A day when we record absolutely no deaths here in Los Angeles, a day in which there disappear families devastated by this virus, a day when we say our economy is completely resumed, our kids are back in school, we’re hugging our enjoyed ones,” L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti stated along with Gov. Gavin Newsom Friday.

However while Newsom has been calling for all senior citizens age 65 and older to begin getting vaccinations in the state, there has actually been confusion at some sites still just providing the vaccine to health care workers.

Today, appointments are just for health care employees at Dodger Stadium. The site will begin immunizing locals age 65 and older in the coming weeks.

“I would feel more secure having it, but I’m not going to go to the shopping centers or go to the market because I have the vaccine,” said Esther Cohen, an L.A. homeowner.

Long Beach, which has its own health department, will start to immunize people age 65 and over Saturday.

On The Other Hand, Riverside County started vaccinating individuals 65 and over Thursday.

Disneyland Resort in Anaheim is being utilized as Orange County’s very first large-scale COVID-19 vaccine website.

Presently, vaccinations at the sites are only readily available to Orange County citizens or those who work in the county and fulfill the criteria for what is referred to as Stage 1A, all tiers. The group consists of police first responders in high-risk communities and was recently expanded to include those age 75 and older.

A total list of qualified groups can be discovered on the California Department of Public Health’s website. More about the county’s specific vaccination timeline can be discovered on the Orange County Healthcare Agency’s site.