COVID-19 Vaccines

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Beginning November 1, L.A. Care Health Plan is offering a COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Program to encourage eligible Medi-Cal and CalMediconnect (CMC) members to get COVID-19 vaccinated. Learn More.

COVID-19 Vaccine is Now Available for Children Ages 5 and up

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has given emergency use authorization for children ages 5-11 to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Parents can visit a local pharmacy or use to find a vaccine location. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 is a smaller dose than what those ages 12 and older receive. It has been shown to be safe and effective for this age group. Two doses, three weeks a part are required for full effectiveness. Contact your primary care provider for questions about your child’s specific health needs.

Visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health for more details about this vaccine.

Booster Shots Now Available for Certain Groups

On October 21, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a booster shot, or third dose, of COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations. 

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at six months or more after their initial series:

For individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

CDC Approves Mixing Vaccines for Booster Dose

Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Please check with your provider to confirm if you qualify for and need a booster shot.

L.A. Care will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.

Read our FAQs for detailed information. 


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. Many sites throughout L.A. County are now offering vaccines without an appointment, and have expanded hours to include evenings and weekends. Visit to find a vaccination location near you. There is no cost to L.A. Care members to receive the vaccine.​

If you have questions about the COVID-19 Vaccines, please access our Frequently Asked Questions.

Access Your Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record

To obtain your or your child’s digital COVID-19 vaccine record, visit the California Department of Public Health’s digital COVID-19 vaccine record portal.

Enter a few details, including name, date of birth and phone number or email address, to receive a link to a QR code and digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record. If you want to share your proof of vaccination, you can use either the electronic version you’ll get from the portal or the card you were given at time of vaccination.

If you are a parent or guardian and have multiple vaccine records associated with a single mobile phone number or email address, enter each digital vaccine record request separately. 

Two additional ways to obtain your record:

Healthvana: Everyone who got vaccinated at an L.A. County site should have received an email and text from Healthvana to download their vaccination record onto their Apple Wallet or Google Wallet.

Carbon Health: Only people who got vaccinated at a Carbon Health site should have gotten a text message with a link to a digital “Health Pass.”


Join the Fight Against COVID-19 by Becoming a COVID-19 Community Ambassador!

The L.A. County Department of Public Health is offering the COVID-19 Community Ambassador Program to support individuals with accurate and shareable resources to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  

Becoming a COVID-19 Community Ambassador is easy: You will be provided with a short training on staying safe and keeping communities safe from COVID-19. You’ll receive a Certificate of Completion along with a free branded community ambassador face covering, a pin, and a COVID-19 Directory Card for commonly used phone numbers in English or Spanish.

The program includes additional video training modules, virtual town halls with Public Health experts, and updates on relevant topics such as the COVID-19 vaccine, variants, and prevention.

Nearly 3,000 L.A. County residents have already joined this ambassador program!
This program is available to all L.A. County residents and there is no age restriction for participation.

The program does not formally train or deputize residents to take personal action in instances of non-compliance. 

Become a COVID-19 Community Ambassador


COVID-19 Vaccines: How They Work

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Vaccine Access

You can receive the vaccine at a variety of pharmacy locations, community vaccination sites, health systems, clinics and participating doctor’s offices.

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.

Visit the following locations to find a vaccination site near you:

You will need to bring proof of eligibility when you get your vaccine.

Vaccine Eligibility

Los Angeles County is now administering the vaccine to everyone five (5) years and older.

You must bring proof of age and eligibility. For more information, please visit the L.A. County Department of Public Health website.

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
  • Please use the number on the back of your ID card to schedule your transportation after you have scheduled your vaccine appointment.
Vaccine Effectiveness

There are currently three vaccines that have received emergency use authorization from the FDA and that are available in Los Angeles County. All three vaccines are highly effective in preventing hospitalization and death.

Access Vaccine Information Grid

Vaccine Safety

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 FDA, 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 Effects

The vaccines do not infect you with the COVID-19 virus. Common side effects of these vaccines 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 vaccines remain. If you have questions or concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccines based on your specific health conditions, please check-in with your primary care provider.

After You’re Vaccinated

Due to the increased concern with transmission, the L.A. County Department of Public Health is requiring all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask when indoors at public settings and businesses.

After you’re fully vaccinated, you do not need to wear a mask in most outdoor settings, however, everyone must continue to wear a mask in the following settings:

  • On public transit (e.g., airplanes, trains, buses, ride-shares)
  • In transportation hubs (e.g., airport, bus terminal, train station)
  • Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings
  • Healthcare settings (including long term care facilities)
  • State and local correctional facilities and detention centers
  • Homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers
Learn more about the latest masking guidance from the California Department of Public Health.
Vaccine Costs

There is no cost to L.A. Care members to receive the vaccine. 

There will be no cost-share for any L.A. Care members 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).

Vaccine Fraud

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.

L.A. Care members are 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.

More on this & other COVID-19 fraud

Vaccine Information in More Languages

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 vaccine updates. You can also sign up with your local public health department to receive regular updates:

Still have questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Get the answers to common questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, including vaccine safety, who should get the vaccine and when the vaccine will be available.

View COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

COVID-19 Resources for L.A. Care Providers

Coronavirus information and resources for L.A. Care contracted providers.

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