L.A. Care Joins Forces with the Los Angeles Rams in a Series of COVID-19 Vaccination Events in Under Vaccinated Communities

Super Bowl Champion Roland Williams is Lending His Support

With the COVID-19 vaccination rate lagging among Medi-Cal members in Los Angeles County, L.A. Care Health Plan has committed $75,000 to sponsor 15 vaccine clinics hosted by the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) middle schools in under vaccinated communities. The vaccination rate among Medi-Cal members 12 and older in L.A. County is 64.2 percent, while the overall vaccination rate in the county is 86.1 percent. The goal of this collaboration is to provide access to and education about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine to L.A. Care members, their families and communities. L.A. Care and the Rams hope to dispel myths and misinformation about the vaccine, so people can make an informed choice.

L.A. Care and the Rams will use the excitement of football to bring attention to the importance of protection for everyone through immunization. In addition to the mobile vaccine clinic, each event will include an assembly to promote health and wellness, sometimes with the entire school. The Rams will set up football themed activity stations where students will participate in things like a relay race, a 40-yard dash, and jump rope drills. They will also offer a “Fuel-Up” table with healthy snacks. The partnership also includes an overhaul of the co-ed Beyond the Bell Flag Football program at 120 LAUSD middle schools, including new equipment and uniforms.

L.A. Care’s fellow Medi-Cal health plan in L.A. County, Health Net, is also collaborating with the Rams. Both health plans will join members of the Rams organization, including Rams legend and Super Bowl champion Roland Williams, and LAUSD officials today for a kick-off event at Audubon Middle School in South L.A.

This collaboration is just the latest in a long list of efforts L.A. Care has undertaken to get more COVID-19 shots into the arms of people across L.A. County. The health plan has hosted and sponsored other vaccine clinics, has partnered with the family of actor Leonard Nimoy on a billboard campaign to promote vaccination, and has worked with actor Jaime Camil on public service announcements to encourage people to help us bring this help crisis to an end through vaccination.