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COVID-19 Vaccine

How to get vaccinated

Before you begin  
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is free.
  • Vaccines are available for everyone age 6 months and over.
  • You will not be asked about your immigration status when you get a vaccine.
  • No appointment is needed at many locations.

Paratransit & free rides

NEED A RIDE? Free rides to and from vaccination sites are available. No smartphone app needed. Call the Call Center to book your ride.

For information about paratransit or other transit services for people with disabilities, call the Call Center or click here.

DPH Vaccine Call Center 833-540-0473 open daily 8am to 8:30pm

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New Boosters!
Updated (bivalent) booster vaccines now available:

Availability may be limited and appointments for 12-17 year-olds may not display in MyTurn until 9/21/22. If you are looking for Novavax for a 12-17 year old, please call ahead to make sure that it is available.

Children under 3:
Please note that many pharmacies are unable vaccinate children under the age of 3.

Preparing for your visit

For locations not run by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: If you are getting vaccinated at a location that is not run by Public Health (such as a pharmacy), please check the consent and documentation requirements for that location.
  • If you have health insurance, please bring your health insurance card (COVID-19 vaccines are free regardless of insurance status)
  • A consent form is required for minors to be vaccinated at sites run by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health(see below for more details)
  • Note: You do not need to show ID in order to get a vaccine at sites run by Public Health. However, because you may need to show your vaccination record and your ID if you travel or visit certain venues, it is recommended that when you get a vaccine you provide the name that is on your ID.
  • You do not need to be a US citizen to get a vaccine.
  • If you have already received one or more vaccines, take your CDC white card or digital vaccination record with you

  • Remember to bring the required documentation or you may be turned away.
  • When you get a vaccine, you will be asked to give an email address or mobile phone number. This information will be entered into the State of California immunization registry (CAIR) so that you can get a digital COVID-19 vaccine record. It may also be used to send reminders if more COVID-19 vaccine doses are due or recommended. The digital vaccine record is a free and convenient way to prove your vaccination status. It is especially useful if you lose your white vaccine card. You don’t need to provide your email address or cell number to get a vaccine and a white CDC COVID-19 vaccination card. But, this may make it harder to get a digital vaccine record later. You can learn more about the digital vaccination record at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov and about the confidentiality protections here.
  • Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before for your appointment. Plan to stay at the appointment for at for approximately one hour. This includes 15-30 minutes for you to be observed after you receive your vaccination.
  • Read the information about the vaccine that you will be given that was in your appointment confirmation. It may be helpful to write down any questions.
  • Do not stop your routine medicines before getting vaccinated, unless your doctor recommends it.
  • Face masks must be worn at vaccination sites.
  • Wear clothing that will allow easy access to your upper arm where the vaccine will be given. On warm days, wear a hat and lightweight clothing (if you are visiting a walk-up site).
  • Eat a light snack before your appointment and stay hydrated (bring extra water, just in case).
  • If you need to get another dose of vaccine, make sure that you know how and when to get it before you leave the vaccination site.

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