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Vaccine Distribution in Los Angeles County

When can I get the vaccine?

All individuals age 16 years or over are now eligible to be vaccinated. The supply of vaccines continues to be limited and our priority is to increase access for communities who are at the highest risk of COVID-19 and who have lower rates of vaccinations.

Sign up for the Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Email Newsletter and/or get more information by visiting VaccinateLACounty.com.

  • Green circles show groups that have been, or are being, offered vaccine
  • Red squares show groups that are waiting to be offered vaccine
Phase 1A

All groups in Phase 1A are eligible to be vaccinated.

  • Healthcare workers
  • Long-term care facility residents
Phase 1B

All groups in Phase 1B are eligible to be vaccinated.

  • Persons 50 years and older
  • Education and childcare
  • Emergency services
  • Food and agriculture
  • Janitorial, Custodial, and Maintenance Services
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • People who live or work in congregate living spaces
  • Individuals with health conditions and disabilities and caregivers
Individuals 50+
  • All individuals age 50 or over are eligible to be vaccinated.
Individuals 16+
  • All individuals age 16 or over are eligible to be vaccinated.
    (Note: People age 16 and 17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine.)

Individuals with Eligible Health Conditions and Disabilities

Individuals with these conditions are strongly encouraged to seek vaccination with a primary health care provider or system, or in an alternate clinical setting. Please check with your usual health care provider as you may be able to be vaccinated at one of their facilities. See the list of facilities and providers offering vaccine here.

For more information, view the CDPH’s fact sheet on vaccines for people with high-risk medical conditions or disabilities.

Vaccine distribution
Who makes the decisions about how vaccines are distributed?

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is an independent panel of medical and public health experts brought together by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make recommendations about vaccine policies. The ACIP recommends to the CDC which people should be in each phase. While states often follow the ACIP recommendations, final decisions about when different groups will get the vaccine are made by each state. In California, those decisions are being made by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

How is it decided who gets vaccine and when?

These goals and principles are used to guide decisions about the order in which people are vaccinated

Goals – what we are trying to achieve:

  • Reduce deaths and cases of serious disease
  • Keep key healthcare services and the larger community operating.
  • Limit the extra strain that COVID-19 is having on people with chronic health conditions and people experiencing extreme hardship.

Principles –the guidelines that will help us get to our goals:

  • Do as much good and as little harm as possible. For example, make sure we use the vaccine that comes to Los Angeles County as efficiently as possible AND make sure people don’t have to go to crowded places where they could catch COVID-19 to get the vaccine.
  • Reduce health inequities. This means that the needs of people who experience worse health due to poor living or working conditions are recognized in planning the phases for distribution.
  • Promote justice. This means, for example, making sure richer people can’t buy their way to a place at the head of the line.
  • Promote transparency. In other words, make sure the public has information on every step in the process and knows where they can get more information if they need it.

In addition, there are other things to consider, like how to offer the vaccine in a way that reaches as many of the people in each phase as possible. This is complicated, especially since we don’t want people to gather in big crowds where they can’t be six feet apart when they get vaccinated.

What about children?

Individuals age 16 and 17 can receive the Pfizer vaccine. They cannot receive the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines because these vaccines are only authorized by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for people age 18 and over. COVID-19 vaccine trials in children are underway, but vaccination in children younger than 16 cannot start until the vaccines are authorized for this age group.

How is vaccine being given?

Public Health and county, city, community, and healthcare partners are working together to vaccinate to people in eligible groups at many different locations. These include:

  • Large vaccination sites called PODs (Point of Dispensing Sites) or hubs
  • Health clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • Pharmacies
  • Some workplaces, including hospitals
  • Some senior housing developments and senior centers
  • Mobile vaccination units
  • Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and long-term care facilities
  • Special vaccination sites run by Public Health and county, city, community, and healthcare partners
What should I do while I wait to be vaccinated?

Follow the prevention guidelines you’ve heard about since the pandemic started. You should cover your mouth and nose with a face mask whenever you are around others. Avoid close contact with other people outside your household, especially if they could be sick. Practice physical distancing and wash your hands often. See the guidance for reducing your risk.

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