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Everyone ages 6 months and older should get vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines protect people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying from COVID-19. As with other diseases, people who stay up to date with all the recommended vaccine doses (including boosters) have the best protection against COVID-19. For the most current guidance from the CDC, see Stay Up to Date with your COVID-19 Vaccines Including Boosters.

Need help? Call the DPH Vaccine Call Center at 1-833-540-0473 open daily 8am to 8:30pm. Information is also available in multiple languages 24/7 by calling 2-1-1.
To find a vaccine, visit ph.lacounty.gov/howtogetvaccinated.
Which vaccine should I get and when?

Vaccine Schedules
Vaccine recommendations are based on your age, which vaccine you receive, and time since last dose. People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines – see the COVID-19 vaccine schedules below for details.

Children ages 6 months through 11 years
(includes immunocompromised children through age 11)

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Adolescents and Adults 12+
(includes immunocompromised persons age 12+)

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View or download the full 5-page schedule in PDF format Updated 9/7/22 with information about new updated booster doses: English | Español | 简体中文 | 繁體中文 | العربية | հայերեն | អក្សរខ្មែរ | 日本語 | 한국어 | Русский | Tiếng Việt | فارسى | Tagalog

Vaccine type(s)
  • The Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax), and Novavax vaccines are recommended over the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (J&J) vaccine because they have fewer potential risks. But you may get the J&J vaccine in some situations.
  • Children and teens - COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for children ages 6 months and older. Children ages 6 months and older can get Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Children ages 12 and over can also get the Novavax vaccine. The dose of vaccine is based on the age of the child on the day of their vaccine, not on their size or weight. Children ages 12 and over get the same dose of vaccine as teens and adults. For more information, see the CDC webpage Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines Including Boosters.
If you have COVID now or had it recently
  • If you have COVID-19 now, wait until you have recovered (if you had symptoms) and finished isolation to get any COVID-19 vaccine doses. This is so that you don’t spread COVID-19 to healthcare workers and others when you go to get vaccinated. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you recover from your infection provides added protection against COVID-19.
  • If you recently had COVID-19, you may consider delaying a vaccine dose (primary series or booster) by 3 months from when your symptoms started or when you first had a positive test (if you didn’t have any symptoms).
When to get your second primary dose of vaccine

The timing of your 2nd dose of the primary series depends on your individual situation:

  • People under 65 years of age, and especially males ages 12 through 39 years, may consider getting the second dose of Pfizer, Moderna, or Novavax vaccine 8 weeks after the first dose. A longer time between the first and second doses may increase how much protection the vaccines offer, and further minimize the already rare risk of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the outer lining of the heart).
  • People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised or who need the fullest possible protection sooner should get their second dose earlier: at least 3 weeks after the 1st dose of Pfizer or Novavax; at least 4 weeks after the 1st dose of Moderna. For example, if there is an increase of COVID-19 spread in the community and/or they are at higher risk for severe disease.
  • People ages 65 years and older should get the 2nd dose of Pfizer or Novavax vaccine 3 weeks after the first dose, or the 2nd dose of Moderna vaccine 4 weeks after the first dose.
Talk with your doctor if you are not sure about which timing is best for your situation.
Booster doses

Boosters for adults and adolescents ages 12+

Updated (bivalent) boosters have replaced the original (monovalent) boosters for people ages 12 and older.

These boosters have been updated to target the most recent Omicron subvariant (BA.4/BA.5) in addition to the original COVID-19 virus. The BA.4/BA.5 subvariants are more contagious than earlier strains of Omicron. Updated COVID-19 boosters can both help restore protection that has decreased since previous vaccination and provide broader protection against newer variants.

An updated booster is recommended for everyone ages 12 and older at least 2 months after their last COVID-19 vaccine dose (either the final primary series dose or the last booster). This is regardless of how many boosters or which type of vaccine(s) you got in the past.

  • Adults 18 and older get either the Pfizer or Moderna updated booster.
  • Adolescents 12-17 get the Pfizer updated booster

Boosters for children 5 through 11 years of age.

The Pfizer (monovalent) vaccine is currently authorized as a booster dose for children 5 through 11 years of age who got a primary series of Pfizer vaccine. The booster is recommended at least 5 months after completing the primary series. No booster is currently recommended for children 5 through 11 who completed a Moderna primary series.

When the FDA authorizes an updated (bivalent) booster for this age group, these booster recommendations will change.

Booster doses are not currently recommended for children ages 6 months through 4 years.

The Novavax vaccine is not authorized for use as a booster dose.

Visit the CDC interactive Getting your COVID-19 Booster tool to help determine when/if you (or your child) can get COVID-19 boosters.

If you are moderately or severely immunocompromised
If you have a weakened immune system, you are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. In addition, you may not build enough protection from the standard vaccine schedule. For this reason, additional COVID-19 vaccine doses are recommended. (Note: Novavax is not authorized for an additional primary series dose at this time). For more information, see the CDC webpage COVID-19 vaccines for moderately or severely immunocompromised people (and vaccine schedule above) and talk to your doctor.
    Treatment to prevent COVID-19 for some people with weak immune systems.

    In addition to vaccination, there is an injectable medicine called Evusheld that is used before a person is exposed to COVID-19 to help prevent them from getting infected. It can be given to people ages 12 and older who weigh at least 88 lbs. whose immune system is not strong enough to mount a response to the vaccine. For more information, see FDA fact sheet and talk to your doctor to see if this treatment is right for you.

Other situations
Where can I go to get vaccinated?
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  • There are hundreds of vaccination locations in LA County. Click here to find a location near you. If you are looking for vaccine for a child, make sure the location has the right vaccine for your child’s age. Note that many pharmacies do not vaccinate children under age 3. In-home vaccination and free transportation to a vaccine site are also available.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is free. If you have health insurance, please bring your health insurance card (COVID-19 vaccines are free regardless of insurance status).
  • No appointment is needed at many vaccine locations.
  • You will not be asked about your immigration status.

Need help? Call the DPH Vaccine Call Center at 1-833-540-0473 0473 if you need help finding a vaccine, transportation, or in-home vaccination. Open daily 8am to 8:30pm. Information is also available in multiple languages 24/7 by calling 2-1-1.

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