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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 12 and over.
  • You will not be asked about your immigration status when you get a vaccine.
  • You may be eligible for sick leave when you get a vaccine. See details.
  • No appointment is needed at many locations.

To learn more about each vaccine, read the FDA Fact Sheets for Recipients and Caregivers - Pfizer | Moderna | Johnsons & Johnson/Janssen. To view the fact sheets in other languages, visit the FDA COVID-19 vaccine webpage

Visit VaccinateLACounty.com for more information including COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

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)

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.

Flyers for 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

Nurses are fanning out across the county to make vaccinations available to homebound residents.

NEED A RIDE? Uber and Lyft are now providing free rides to and from vaccination sites.
Don't have the app? 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

Choose a location that offers the Pfizer vaccine. People under the age of 18 will be turned away if the site does not offer Pfizer vaccine. This is because both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only authorized for use with people age 18 and over. The type(s) of vaccine offered are shown in the vaccination location listings below. You can also view a complete list of all the LA County vaccination locations that offer the Pfizer vaccine.

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 12-17: A parent or legal guardian signed a consent form is required for both visits.
  • 16 and 17-year-olds should be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian if possible.
  • 12-15 year-olds must be accompanied by their parent, legal guardian, or a responsible adult.

See Required Documentation for more information.

Additional doses 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 receiving 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Because of this, the CDC recommends that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. 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

Talk to your doctor about the need to get an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine. If you need a 3rd dose, 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.

Note:

  • The 3rd dose of mRNA vaccine should be given at least 28 days after the 2nd dose
  • The same type of vaccine should be used if possible. For example, if you got a series of Pfizer vaccine, try to get a Pfizer vaccine for your 3rd dose.
  • If your doctor’s facility does not provide vaccines, search below for a location near you that offers the same kind of vaccine. You can self-attest that you are immunocompromised using this form: English | Español | 简体中文 | 繁體中文 | العربية | հայերեն | អក្សរខ្មែរ | 日本語 | 한국어 | Русский | فارسى | Tagalog
  • A follow-up dose is not currently recommended for those who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The FDA is still evaluating data on the effectiveness of this vaccine in immunocompromised individuals.
  • Booster doses are also not recommended for the general public at this time.

For more information, see the Moderna or Pfizer 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. This includes wearing a well-fitting mask, 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 too.

Interval between doses of vaccine
Interval between doses of vaccine

When to get your second dose

With the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, you need 2 doses to get the most protection:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech doses should be given 3 weeks (21 days) apart
    • For example, if you got a Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday February 2, your second dose is due on Tuesday February 23.
  • Moderna doses should be given 4 weeks (28 days) apart
    • For example, if you got a Moderna vaccine on Tuesday February 2, your second dose is due on Tuesday March 2.

Your second dose should be given as close as possible to this recommended time frame. If this is not possible, the second dose may be given up to 6 weeks (42 days) after your first dose.

The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (J&J) vaccine only needs one dose.

If you need a second dose of vaccine and do not have an appointment:

  • You can search for a location near you using the search form below.
  • You can schedule an appointment or visit one of the many locations that accept walk-ins.
  • Be sure to search for a location that is offering the same vaccine as your 1st dose. If you do not remember which vaccine you got, check your white vaccine record card or electronic vaccine record.
  • Remember to bring your white vaccine record card or electronic vaccine record when you go to get your second dose.

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Preparing for your visit

COVID-19 Vaccine. Self-Attestation of eligibility for additional dose - form English  |  Español For more information see the Doses for Immunocompromised section above.

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.

In order to be vaccinated at a site run by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, you will need to show:

    1. Proof of age, and
    2. Minors age 12-17 only - Consent form (see below for more details)

You do not need to show government-issued ID and you do not need to be a US citizen to get a vaccine. Below, is a list of documents that will be accepted. This list is not complete and other documents may be accepted One document may meet more than one requirement (e.g. a driver's license).

If you have health insurance, please bring your health insurance card (COVID-19 vaccines are free regardless of insurance status)

Examples of proof of age:

  • Driver's license or permit (foreign country or expired ID okay)
  • California ID card or REAL ID card (from the DMV)
  • Consular ID (Matricula Consular)
  • Medicare card
  • Military ID
  • Membership card (foreign country okay if written in English)
  • Passport (foreign country or expired okay)
  • Birth certificate
  • Medical document/records (including immunization records) from medical provider, clinic, or doctor
  • Any official document that includes name and date of birth (for example, school record)
  • A consent form is required for all minors age 12 through 17 at each visit.
  • 16 and 17-year-olds should be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian if possible. If this is not possible, they must bring a consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian.
  • 12 through 15-year-olds must be accompanied by their parent, legal guardian, or a responsible adult. If the child is accompanied by a responsible adult, the consent form must name the responsible person and be signed by the parent or legal guardian.
  • For all minors, the parent, guardian, or responsible person that accompanies them must bring their photo ID.
  • Note: If the minor is being vaccinated at school, consent is required; however, the school’s guidance should be followed on whether a parent/legal guardian or named adult needs to be present.
  • Public Health consent form: English | Español | 简体中文 | 繁體中文 | العربية | հայերեն | អក្សរខ្មែរ | 日本語 | 한국어 | Русский | Tiếng Việt | فارسى | Tagalog
    Consent forms are available at the vaccination site, or can be printed for free in LA County libraries.

  • Remember to bring the required documentation or you may be turned away.
  • 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).
  • Before you leave the vaccination site, make sure that you know how to get your second appointment.

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