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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 5 and over.
  • You will not be asked about your immigration status when you get a vaccine.
  • No appointment is needed at many locations.

The best vaccines to protect against COVID-19 are the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines offer better protection against COVID-19 than the Johnson & Johnson(J&J)/Janssen vaccine. In addition, potential risks from the J&J vaccine, while still very rare, are greater. Pfizer and Moderna are recommended for both primary and booster vaccination.

The J&J vaccine is still available for:

  • Those who can’t get a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for medical reasons (such as severe allergic reaction to a vaccine ingredient).
  • Those who prefer it

Getting any COVID-19 vaccine is better than remaining unvaccinated.

To learn more about each vaccine, read the:

If you are home-bound you can request an in-home vaccination.

Los Angeles County residents can apply in 2 ways:

  1. Call the DPH Vaccine Call Center 833-540-0473 open daily 8am to 8:30pm, or
  2. Fill out the online request form (the form has multiple language options)

Flyers for Los Angeles County's homebound vaccination program are available in multiple languages: English | Español | 简体中文 | 繁體中文 | العربية | հայերեն | អក្សរខ្មែរ | 日本語 | 한국어 | Русский | Tiếng Việt | فارسى | Tagalog

Long Beach residents can apply for in-home vaccination here.

Pasadena residents can call the Pasadena Citizen Service Center at 626-744-7311, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. at 4 p.m.

Homebound COVID-19 Vaccination Program Summary and Data Report
The data presented in this report are limited to vaccinations provided through the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) homebound vaccination program. No data are available on the many vaccinations provided to homebound individuals by providers not in the DPH homebound program. Given these limitations, the vaccination data presented in this report do not reflect all vaccinations provided to homebound individuals in LA County and should be considered minimum estimates. Additionally, due to uncertainty of the estimate of homebound individuals in LA County, DPH’s homebound vaccination program is committed to providing home vaccination services as long as there is a need, regardless of the total number of persons reached.

Videos showing Los Angeles County’s homebound vaccination program in action:

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

Choose a location that offers Pfizer vaccine.

Pfizer is the only vaccine that can be given to people under the age of 18. Children 5-11 years of age need a different formulation of the Pfizer vaccine which contains a smaller dose (1/3rd the dose that teens and adults receive).

Search below by age or vaccine type to find a location that has the right Pfizer vaccine for your child.

The information below applies to minors being vaccinated at a site run by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:

  • For all minors aged 5-17: A consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian is required for both visits.
  • 5-15 year-olds must be accompanied by their parent, legal guardian, or a responsible adult.
  • 16 and 17-year-olds should be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian if possible.

See Required Documentation for more information.

Doses for people who are immunocompromised


Specific Instructions for people with weakened immune systems (immunocompromised)

People with weakened immune systems are more likely to get COVID-19 than people with normal immune systems. And if they get infected they are more likely to get seriously ill and to spread the virus to other people in their home.

Studies have shown that some people who are immunocompromised don’t build enough protection after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccine series.

If you have a weakened immune system, you should get an additional and/or booster dose based on what your primary vaccine series was. See COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility: Primary, Additional, and Booster Doses for a summary.

An additional (3rd) dose is recommended

The CDC recommends that people who have moderately to severely weakened immune systems receive a 3rd dose as part of their primary series. This includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress the immune response

This 3rd dose should be the same COVID-19 vaccine as your primary series. Talk to your doctor about the need to get an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Ask about the best timing based on your current treatment plan. This is especially important if you are about to start or restart immunosuppressive treatment.

You should get a booster dose (if you are age 12 or older) after receiving the additional (3rd) dose. A booster dose is recommended at least 5 months after the 3rd Pfizer or Moderna dose.

  • Children/teens ages 12-17: should get the Pfizer vaccine as a booster (as this is the only vaccine authorized for this age group).
  • People age 18 and over: A Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is preferred as a booster. This is because these vaccines offer better protection against COVID-19 than the J&J vaccine. In addition, potential risks from the J&J vaccine, while still very rare, are greater. However, you can still get a J&J vaccine booster if you prefer it or if you can’t get a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for medical reasons (such as severe allergic reaction to a vaccine ingredient).

Talk with your doctor if you have questions about boosters.

Pfizer
Dose 1
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Pfizer
primary series
21 days





Dose 2
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Pfizer
primary series
28+ days





Additional
3rd Dose
Image of a Vaccine Vial
Pfizer
At least 5 months





Booster Dose
Image of a Vaccine Vial
Any
COVID-19 vaccine
(18 years or
older-Pfizer or
Moderna preferred.
Age 12-17-Pfizer
only)
Moderna
Dose 1
Image of a Vaccine Vial
Moderna
primary series
28 days




Dose 2
Image of a Vaccine Vial
Moderna
primary series
28+ days




Additional
3rd Dose
Image of a Vaccine Vial
Moderna
At least 5 months




Booster Dose
Image of a Vaccine Vial
Any
COVID-19 vaccine.
Pfizer or Moderna
preferred.

A booster dose is strongly recommended

  • The CDC recommends that moderately to severely immunocompromised people whose primary series was J&J receive a booster dose at least 2 months (8 weeks) after the primary dose.
  • Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are preferred as boosters. This is because we know now that these vaccines offer better protection against COVID-19 than the J&J vaccine. In addition, potential risks from the J&J vaccine, while still very rare, are greater. However, you can still get a J&J vaccine booster if you prefer it or if you can’t get a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for medical reasons (such as severe allergic reaction to a vaccine ingredient).

Talk to your doctor if you have questions. Ask your doctor for the best timing based on your current treatment plan. This is especially important if you are about to start or restart immunosuppressive treatment.

Johnson & Johnson
Dose 1
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J&J
primary series
At least 2 months




Booster Dose
Image of a Vaccine Vial
Any
COVID-19 vaccine.
Pfizer or Moderna
vaccine preferred

If you are age 12 and older and considered fully vaccinated in the U.S. and you have a moderately to severely weakened immune system, the CDC recommends that you get an additional dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. It should be received at least 28 days after completing your primary series.

Moderately to severely immunocompromise includes the following: 

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress the immune response

This 3rd dose should be a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor about the need to get an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Ask about the best timing based on your current treatment plan. This is especially important if you are about to start or restart immunosuppressive treatment.

If you are age 12 or older, you should get a Pfizer booster dose at least 5 months after receiving the additional Pfizer dose.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the only vaccine authorized as and additional dose or booster for people who did not receive an FDA authorized/approved COVID-19 vaccine series. Make sure to find a location that offers the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.


Notes:

  • If your doctor’s facility does not provide vaccines, search below for a location near you.
  • If your primary vaccine series was Moderna or Pfizer and you are looking for an additional 3rd dose, make sure to find a location that offers the same kind of vaccine as your primary series.
  • If your primary series was a WHO-listed vaccine or received as part of a clinical trial or if you are under age 18 you can only receive a Pfizer vaccine, make sure to find a location that offers the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
  • When you go to get vaccinated, take proof of vaccination such as your CDC white card or digital vaccination record (see Vaccination Records webpage for details, including how to get your digital record) to show that you completed your initial series.

For more information, see the Moderna, Pfizer, or J&J Fact Sheets for Recipients and Caregivers and the CDC webpage COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People.

Continue to protect yourself

It is important to continue to protect yourself even if you get a 3rd dose of vaccine or booster dose. This includes wearing a mask the fits and filters well, maintaining physical distance, avoiding crowded places or spaces with poor air flow, and washing hands often. Consider “double masking” (wearing a cloth face mask over surgical mask) or an N95 respirator for a higher level of protection. The people you are in close contact with can help to protect you by getting vaccinated and boosted if eligible.

Booster Doses


Everyone ages 12 or older should get a booster dose. A Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is preferred.

Click the bar below to learn more about which booster vaccine you should get and when you should get it.

The type of vaccine that you can receive for your booster dose depends on your age and which vaccine you originally received (your primary series). See COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility: Primary, Additional, and Booster Doses for a summary.

You should get a single vaccine booster dose at least 2 months later. This includes people who are moderately to

Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are preferred as boosters. This is because we know now that these vaccines offer better protection against COVID-19 than the J&J vaccine. In addition, potential risks from the J&J vaccine, while still very rare, are greater. However, you can still get a J&J vaccine booster if you prefer it or if you can’t get a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for medical reasons (such as severe allergic reaction to a vaccine ingredient).

Johnson & Johnson
Dose 1
Image of a Vaccine Vial
J&J
primary series
At least 2 months

Booster Dose
Image of a Vaccine Vial
Any
COVID-19 vaccine
Pfizer or Moderna
vaccine preferred

Everyone ages 12 or older should get a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine 5 months after completing a Pfizer primary series.

  • Children/teens ages 12 to 17: should get the Pfizer vaccine as a booster (as this is the only vaccine authorized for this age group).
  • People age 18 and over: A Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is preferred as a booster.This is because these vaccines offer better protection against COVID-19 than the J&J vaccine. In addition, potential risks from the J&J vaccine, while still very rare, are greater. However, you can still get a J&J vaccine booster if you prefer it or if you can’t get a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for medical reasons (such as severe allergic reaction to a vaccine ingredient).
Pfizer
Dose 1
Image of a Vaccine Vial
Pfizer
primary series
21 days






Dose 2
Image of a Vaccine Vial
Pfizer
primary series
At least 5 months






Booster Dose
Image of a Vaccine Vial
Any
COVID-19 vaccine
(18 years or
older-Pfizer or
Moderna preferred.
Age 12-17-Pfizer
only)

Everyone should get a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine 5 months after completing a Moderna primary series.

  • A Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is preferred as a booster. This is because these vaccines offer better protection against COVID-19 than the J&J vaccine. In addition, potential risks from the J&J vaccine, while still very rare, are greater. However, you can still get a J&J vaccine booster if you prefer it or if you can’t get a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for medical reasons (such as severe allergic reaction to a vaccine ingredient).
Moderna
Dose 1
Image of a Vaccine Vial
Moderna
primary series
28 days



Dose 2
Image of a Vaccine Vial
Moderna
primary series
At least 5 months



Booster Dose
Image of a Vaccine Vial
Any
COVID-19 vaccine

If you are age 16 and older and considered fully vaccinated in the U.S., you are eligible for a booster dose if it has been at least 5 months since your second dose.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the only vaccine authorized as an additional dose or booster for people who did not receive an FDA authorized/approved COVID-19 vaccine series. Make sure to find a location that offers the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. See the Emergency Use Instructions (EUI) fact sheet for more information on additional/booster doses of Pfizer vaccine for people who initially received vaccines that are not approved/authorized in the US.


Note:

  • When you go to get vaccinated, take proof of vaccination such as your CDC white card or digital vaccination record to show that you completed your initial series. See Vaccination Records webpage for details.
  • If your primary series was a WHO-listed or clinical trial vaccine or if you are age 12-17 you can only receive a Pfizer booster. Make sure to find a location that offers the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

If you have questions about boosters, talk to your doctor

For a printable summary: see COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility: Primary, Additional, and Booster Doses

For more information, visit the CDC webpage COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot.

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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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