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Los Angeles is scrambling to deal with the federal health officials' call for a pause in the use of single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines that have helped speed up local inoculations.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said city-run vaccination sites had more than 3,000 patient appointments scheduled for Tuesday that will now receive a first dose of Pfizer, instead of the planned Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It comes two days after Los Angeles County opened vaccinations to everyone 16 and older.

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Where are the vaccine clinics open at night?

It's a question volunteers from Get Out the Shot hear often as they book appointments for people who have a hard time doing it themselves — many of them without internet or much free time.

"My fear is the technology and the way you book appointments is not getting easier," said Rebecca Lehrer, who started helping in February when the effort was still driven by a Facebook group.

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The shelf life of a thawed coronavirus vaccine is only a few hours, and expired vaccines have to be thrown out.

That inspired the New York-based startup Dr. B, the COVID-19 company meant to reduce vaccine waste created by ZocDoc cofounder Cyrus Massoumi. It's just arrived in Los Angeles, as the eligibility for vaccinations lifts next week.

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