All public health agencies and L.A. Care recommend that everyone who is eligible get the vaccine. It is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones and for all of us to get back to a more normal life. Los Angeles County is now administering the vaccine to those 50 and over, frontline healthcare workers, teachers, food and agricultural workers, and people with chronic health conditions or a disability. By April 15, everyone 16 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Vaccine supply at sites throughout L.A. County is increasing, but appointments at all locations will still be required. Local public health departments ask the public for patience and persistence when scheduling appointments. There is no cost to L.A. Care members to receive the vaccine.
Everyone who is eligible must make an appointment to receive the vaccine.
Visit the following locations to schedule an appointment:
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Website
- Long Beach Department of Public Health Website
- For those without access to a computer or the internet, a Los Angeles County Department of Public Health call center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to help schedule appointments at 833-540-0473. Individuals are encouraged to use the website whenever possible to sign up for an appointment to avoid long wait times on the phone.
You will need to bring proof of eligibility to your vaccine appointment.
Los Angeles County is now administering the vaccine to the following groups:
- those 50 and over,
- frontline healthcare workers, teachers,
- food and agricultural workers, and
- people with chronic health conditions or a disability.
By April 15, everyone 16 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
Find out how you verify eligibility below based upon your category.
- 50 years and older
- Food + Agriculture Workers (pages1-2)
- Education + Childcare Workers (page 2)
- Emergency Services Workers (page 2)
Individuals with high-risk medical conditions or disabilities.
If you are now eligible for a vaccine due to a health condition or disability, you have several ways to provide proof of eligibility. The easiest way is to provide a signed attestation that states you meet the eligibility criteria for high-risk medical conditions or disabilities. (Templates available: English Spanish.) If you do not have access to a printer, it can be written by hand.
Alternatively, The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommends bringing one of the documents from the list below:
- A letter from your medical provider, behavioral health provider, or California Department of State Hospitals Conditional Release Program (CONREP) that confirms that you are eligible for vaccination based on your underlying condition or disability (the letter does not need to state the medical condition)
- For Medi-Cal program enrollees - a personalized letter from California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)
- For IHSS consumers – a personalized letter from California Department of Social Services (DSS)
- For Regional Center consumers – a personalized letter from California Department of Social Services/Regional Centers (DSS)
- For CSS program consumers – a personalized letter from California Children’s Services (CSS)
Transportation to Vaccine Appointments
L.A. Care’s Medi-Cal and Cal MediConnect members can use their transportation benefit to be driven to and from eligible walk-up COVID-19 vaccination sites, such as at a local pharmacy.
- Drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination sites are not eligible.
- Same day transportation appointments may be available.
- To find eligible walk-up COVID-19 vaccination sites, please visit the public health website.
- Drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination sites are not eligible.
- Please use the number on the back of your ID card to schedule your transportation after you have scheduled your vaccine appointment.
There are currently three vaccines that have received FDA approval and that are available in limited quantities in Los Angeles County. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires one dose. All of the current FDA approved vaccines are highly effective in preventing hospitalization and death.
The vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards and many people of different ages, races, and medical conditions were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccines offer protection to different groups of people. The Food and Drug Administration, the state of California, and qualified scientists carefully reviewed all safety data from clinical trials before approving the vaccines, and millions across America have already safely received the vaccines to date.
Vaccine Side Effect
The vaccines do not infect you with the COVID-19 virus. Common side effects of this vaccine during clinical trials included pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle and joint pain, chills and mild fever. Side effects are generally mild and go away after a day or two, while the benefit of the vaccine remains. If you have questions or concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccine based on your specific health conditions, please check-in with your primary care provider.
Even after you get the vaccine, good public health measures will still be required. Please continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. You should also continue to follow local public health orders and avoid traveling or gathering with people outside of your household to the extent possible.
By April 15, L.A. Care members ages 16 and older will be able to receive the vaccine at a variety of pharmacy locations, community vaccination sites, health systems, clinics and participating doctor’s offices.
You will have to make an appointment for the vaccination once you are eligible, including at pharmacies.
Pharmacy chains that have agreed to participate in administering the COVID-19 vaccine include Albertsons, Vons, Sav-On, Pavilions, Ralphs, Costco, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart.
There is no cost to L.A. Care members to receive the vaccine.
There will be no cost-share for any L.A. Care member regardless of where they get it (pharmacy, doctor’s office, from their employer etc.).
Please do not pay if someone tries to charge you for the COVID-19 vaccine. If you are asked to pay for the vaccine, contact L.A. Care to report it by calling our COVID-19 information line at (844) 656-7272 (TTY 711).
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave emergency use authorization for the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in December. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine received emergency use authorization in February. Other vaccines are being examined by the FDA or are in clinical trials right now. We expect more vaccines to be approved in 2021.
Knowing the facts about COVID-19 vaccine distribution is important to prevent getting scammed. Criminals will be taking advantage of our fears to steal our money or personal information by promising a COVID-19 vaccine.
Do not believe anyone who calls, texts, emails, or comes to your door promising they can get you early access to the vaccine. It's a scam.
Eventually, L.A. Care members will be able to receive the vaccine at a variety of pharmacy locations, community vaccination sites and participating doctor’s offices and clinics.
Please do not pay for the vaccine, or give your personal information to anyone other than authorized health care providers that can give you COVID-19 vaccination.
What else do you need to know to avoid a vaccine-related scam? Here are the facts from the Federal Trade Commission and the National Associations of Attorneys General:
- You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.
- You can’t pay to get early access to the vaccine.
- No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call you asking for your Social Security number or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.
- Also be cautious of providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus. Check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.
The Los Angeles Department of Public Health has developed COVID-19 vaccine materials in many languages. To access the documents, visit the page below, and scroll to the General Information tab on the left side of the screen. Click on the plus sign to see the document links
Please keep checking this page for updates on vaccine availability. You can also sign up with your local public health department to receive regular updates:
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health E-newsletter Sign Up
- Pasadena Department of Public Health E-newsletter Sign Up
- Long Beach Department of Public Health Alerts
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