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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!
CDC COVID-19 vaccine recommendations have been updated as of April 19, 2023. Learn more.

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.
  • You may be required to wear a mask at some locations, including sites run by Public Health.

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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