COVID-19 Vaccines

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended a booster shot, or third dose, of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for certain high-risk individuals and groups who received their first two doses with Pfizer. This followed the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) emergency use authorization of a Pfizer booster shot. 

The CDC recommends:

  • people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their second Pfizer dose

  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their second Pfizer dose

  • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their second Pfizer dose, based on their individual benefits and risks

  • people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional settings may receive a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their second Pfizer dose, based on their individual benefits and risks

If the first two vaccine doses received were Moderna, an additional dose of a Moderna should be considered for people with a moderate to severely compromised immune system due to a medical condition or receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments. 

Read our FAQs for detailed information on eligible groups. 

A booster is not currently recommended for those who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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.


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.


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 12 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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