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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.

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New Boosters!
Information for people completing a Moderna primary vaccine series:

The Moderna monovalent vaccine used for the primary vaccine series is in short supply. If you started your primary series with the Moderna vaccine, you can complete it with either the Pfizer or Moderna monovalent vaccines. If you are age 12 or over, you could also complete the series with the Novavax vaccine. There is no shortage of the Moderna bivalent vaccine that is used for booster doses.

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. If you made an appointment, read the information in the confirmation email. If you have any questions, It may be helpful to write them down.
  • If you do not regularly take over-the-counter medicine (such as ibuprofen, aspirin, acetaminophen, or antihistamines), do not take them before you get a COVID-19 vaccination to try to prevent side effects. But if you take them regularly for other reasons, you should keep taking them before you get vaccinated.
  • Pack a facemask, snack, and water. On warm days, if you are visiting an outdoor location, wear a hat and lightweight clothing.
  • 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, not providing this information 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.

For tips about how to talk to your child about COVID-19 vaccination and prepare them to get a vaccine, see Getting Children Vaccinated.

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