Dear Neighbors and Friends,
I hope that you and yours are staying safe and healthy. This e-newsletter has a lot of information regarding COVID-19, testing, vaccines and eligibility as it relates to Los Angeles County and our region at this moment. Please see below for more -
COVID-19 vaccination is a vital tool designed to help end the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 vaccines are meant to prevent you from getting COVID-19, as well as to prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to others.
The COVID-19 vaccine is free. COVID-19 vaccinations are available to all eligible L.A. County residents, regardless of immigration status, or insurance coverage. If you have health insurance, the name of your provider may be requested during appointment scheduling, but your COVID-19 vaccine will be free.
The COVID-19 vaccine appointment system for L.A. County residents may now be accessed by persons 65 years and older, healthcare workers, skilled nursing facility residents and staff, as well as In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) caregivers, and other persons in Phase 1A and Phase 1B Tier 1. Whether you are insured or uninsured, you may visit Vaccinatelacounty.com to make your appointment to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine. You may also make an appointment for a free COVID-19 vaccine by calling (833) 540-0473 between 8 AM and 8:30 PM.
THE COVID-19 VACCINE:
The total number of doses of COVID-19 vaccine available is limited. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for two COVID-19 vaccines, one manufactured by Pfizer, and the other by Moderna. In the coming months, it is possible that the FDA will issue EUA to other COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers. The approval of additional manufacturers will increase the supply of COVID-19 vaccines.
The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. It is important to remember that both of the currently approved COVID-19 vaccines require two separate injections that must be administered on two separate dates (3 weeks to 1 month apart). You must receive both the first and the second injections for the COVID-19 vaccine to work as intended.
All persons receiving the COVID-19 vaccine are monitored following each injection to see if they develop any side effects. With both doses the Pfizer vaccine has a 95% effectiveness rate, and the Moderna vaccine has a 94% effectiveness rate. If you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the present time, please get one. Read more about the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 VACCINE ELIGIBILITY:
Some, but not all, of L.A. County’s health workers, long-term care recipients, and other eligible residents, began to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before the end of last year. The State of California introduced a Phase 1A, 1B, and 1C plan for distributing COVID-19 vaccinations at that time. Presently, in order to ensure a more equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, and offer its protections to as many vulnerable persons as possible. Appointments to receive free COVID-19 vaccines are now available to the following L.A. County residents:
- Healthcare workers (HCWs) at high and moderate risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus through their work in any role in health care or long-term care settings. High and moderate risk means the HCW has direct or indirect contact with patients or infectious materials (Phase 1A)
- Long-term care facility residents (Phase 1A)
- Persons age 65 and over (Phase 1B Tier 1)
Low risk healthcare workers such as administrative support staff without routine in-person patient contact will be offered COVID-19 vaccination in Phase 1B Tier 2. Veterinary Medical Personnel will be offered COVID-19 vaccination in Phase 1B. Read more about the Phases and Tiers used to administer COVID-19 vaccinations.
COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS:
The number of appointments is extremely limited as the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses is extremely limited. Do not register for a COVID-19 appointment if you are not a healthcare worker, long term care facility resident, or person age 65 and older. Doing so will take an appointment slot away from a person who is in a higher risk group, and if you are deemed ineligible you will be turned away without receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
If you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, you must present proof of your appointment date, time, and location, as well as proof of eligibility. To receive a COVID-19 vaccine you must:
- Prove your age (e.g., driver's license or Medi-Care card), and
- Prove your LA County residency (e.g., driver's license or utility bill), or
- Prove your status as a healthcare worker at medium-to-high risk of exposure
If you are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, visit Vaccinatelacounty.com or call (833) 540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. and make an appointment. Please visit the L.A. County Dept. of Public Health’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility website to view the full list of documents you must have on hand in order to receive your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In order to receive your second dose, you must bring a photo ID and a copy of your vaccination record. It is possible to receive your second dose at a different vaccination center from the one where you received your first. You must, however, have a copy of your vaccination record on hand, so that you receive the second COVID-19 vaccine dose that matches the type and recommended time window for the first dose you received.
If you are not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, please click here and sign up to receive the L.A. County Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Newsletter so you can know when you become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to receive additional email and/or text message alerts from L.A. County. You may also sign up for COVID-19 vaccine notifications from the California Department of Public Health by visiting https://myturn.ca.gov/.
COVID-19 VACCINATION SITES:
Dozens of CVS and Walgreens pharmacies in L.A. County have been administering COVID-19 vaccinations to those who are eligible for several weeks. Large hospitals and healthcare providers such as Kaiser Permanente, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and UCLA Health have also been administering COVID-19 vaccinations for the last several weeks. If you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, you may call your healthcare provider to learn what options are available to you. Because the COVID-19 vaccine is free, if you are eligible to receive it, you may schedule an appointment to receive it at whichever location you prefer. L.A. County operates the following 10 vaccination sites:
- Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Large-scale site)
- El Sereno Recreation Center, 4721 Klamath St, Los Angeles, CA 90032
- Hazard Recreation Center, 2230 Norfolk St, Los Angeles, CA 90033
- Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768 (Large-scale site)
- L.A. County Office of Education, 12830 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242 (Large-scale site)
- The Forum, 3900 W Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90305 (Large-scale site)
- Balboa Sports Complex, 17015 Burbank Blvd, Encino, CA 91316
- California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330 (Large-scale site)
- Ritchie Valens Recreation Center, 10736 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Pacoima, CA 91331
- Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia, CA 91355 (Large-scale site)
Click here to find out if the site nearest you is offering the Pfizer or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, and to make your appointment today. With sufficient COVID-19 vaccine doses and staffing, 12,000 L.A. County residents per day can be vaccinated at Dodger Stadium alone – making it the largest vaccination site in the country. Large-scale sites are designed to vaccinate over 500,000 L.A. County residents per month. Read more about vaccination centers, COVID-19 vaccine eligibility screening, appointment availability, and the COVID-19 vaccination dashboard.
Free COVID-19 testing is available to all L.A. County residents, whether or not you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of immigration status, and regardless of whether or not you have insurance. If you have health coverage, your insurance carrier may be billed for the cost of the test, but they cannot bill you. By law, your health insurance provider may not charge you any co-pay, deductible, or any out-of-pocket expense for the test.
More than 130 facilities across L.A. County offer free COVID-19 testing. Click here to view a map of COVID-19 testing locations open throughout the week. Priority for same or next day testing is given to people experiencing symptoms, and certain critical front-line workers who interact with the public. Testing at the drive-throughs is by appointment only, but walk up testing is available at mobile test locations. Click here to view the dates and times of mobile COVID-19 testing sites.
Visit https://corona-virus.la/covid-19-testing to schedule your free COVID-19 test today.
AVOID COVID-19 VACCINE SCAMS:
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, scammers have used robocalls, social media posts, and spam emails to take advantage of fear, anxiety, and confusion about the pandemic. Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out, scammers are targeting L.A. County residents with new, vaccine-related schemes. Please remember:
- The COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed, at no cost to you, in a fair and transparent way.
- Free COVID-19 vaccines are available now to all eligible L.A. County residents, including L.A. County residents who do not have health insurance coverage, and including L.A. County residents who do not have Social Security Numbers.
If you are not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, please click here and sign up to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine Newsletter so you can know when you become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You will be notified once the supply of COVID-19 vaccines increases, and once capacity to vaccinate L.A. County residents increases. You will also receive the answers to Frequently Asked Questions so you can separate myth from fact, avoid scams, and keep you and your loved ones safe. Read more by visiting covid19.lacounty.gov.
VOLUNTEER TO VACCINATE:
L.A. County is seeking licensed clinical professionals (LCPs) able to serve as (unpaid) volunteers at large vaccine point of dispensing (POD) sites. Daily support is needed with:
- Preparing and drawing the vaccine;
- Monitoring vaccine temperature;
- Administering the vaccine;
- Observing people for reactions to the vaccine
Please click here to volunteer, if you have a current CA license in the following professions:
- Medical Doctor (MD)
- Doctor of Osteopathy (DO)
- Physician Assistant (PA)
- Nurse Practitioner (NP)
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
- Dentist (DDS)
- Pharmacist (PharmD)
- EMT (with expanded scope of work)
- Paramedic (with expanded scope of work)
All volunteers will be provided job specific personal protective equipment (PPE). Training materials will be sent by email beforehand, and on-site training will be provided as well. Liability coverage is provided to all volunteers who register and complete the required paperwork.
If you do not currently have a current CA license in these professions, please consider volunteering in a non-clinical role.
To learn more about L.A. County’s Reopening Protocols, and to view COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and recommendations for protecting yourself, your friends and family, and the members of our community, please visit www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.
Thank you for everything you’re doing to keep all of our loved ones and neighbors safe.
Assemblymember, 51st District
Capitol Office (AD-51)
1303 Tenth Street, Room 4167
Sacramento, CA 95814
District Office (AD-51)
1910 West Sunset Boulevard, Suite 810
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Assembly Member Wendy Carrillo (AD-51)
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0051