UPDATE (1/19/2021) - LADPH ANNOUNCED THAT Seniors in la county Can Now MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO RECEIVE COVID-19 Vaccination
In an executive order Monday, January 18, Hilda Solis, chairwoman of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, directed LA County health officials to allow County residents 65 and older to receive the COVID-19 vaccination beginning Thursday, January 21.
Seniors can make an appointment to receive the vaccine at: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/vaccine. People who do not have access to the internet can make an appointment by phone 8 AM -8:30 PM, 7 days a week at 833-540-0473.
Space is limited but will grow as the County obtains more vaccine doses. Given that appointments are limited, community members are encouraged to be patient. In time, everyone who wants to will get vaccinated. LADPH is working urgently with federal and state partners to expand capacity and supply in the weeks ahead.
LA County is currently actively vaccinating the following groups:
- 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)
Note: Low risk healthcare workers such as administrative support staff without routine in-person patient contact will be offered vaccination in Phase 1B Tier 2. Veterinary Medical Personnel will be offered vaccination in Phase 1B. See the phase descriptions and timeline: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/vaccine/allocation/.
You can make an appointment online to be vaccinated if you are in are in one of the groups listed above, by visiting http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/vaccine/hcwsignup.
DO NOT REGISTER FOR AN APPOINTMENT IF YOU ARE NOT IN AN ELIGIBLE GROUP. Doing so will take an appointment slot away from those at highest risk and you will be turned away without proper documentation of your eligibility.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution Information
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has posted information about the coronavirus vaccine and vaccination plans to offer guidance and clarity to the general public at VaccinateLACounty.com.
The webpage includes:
Who Will Get Vaccine When
The Vaccine Distribution page describes the phases and tiers of vaccination, with more information about how these phases may roll out. Green circles show groups of people who have been, or are being, offered vaccine. Red circles show groups who are waiting to be offered vaccine. This page is being updated regularly as the groups within each phase and tier are further refined.
How the Phases and Tiers Were Determined
Vaccine eligibility is determined by phases of prioritization developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) through the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), as well as guidance developed by the State via the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). This planning is occurring in close coordination with state and local health departments to ensure appropriate planning and collaboration with community partners. Allocation policies will be dynamic and will be adapted based on vaccine performance, vaccine supply and demand, and other factors.
Where We Are Currently
Vaccines are currently being administering in Phase 1A, Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3. Phase 1A focuses on vaccinating frontline health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities, in alignment with the recommendations of the ACIP based on risks of exposure and risks for severe illness. It is estimated that everyone in Phase 1A will have been offered at least one dose of vaccine by late January/early February. Please note that timings are estimates and may change according to factors such as vaccine supply and the state prioritization requirements. The phases and tiers will overlap.
What Future Phases Will Look Like
Phase 1B vaccination efforts will focus on vaccinating persons aged ≥75 years and frontline essential workers and Phase 1C will focus on vaccinating persons aged 65–74 years, persons aged 16–64 years with high-risk medical conditions, and other essential workers. Please note that current Phase 1B and 1C distribution is based on CDC guidance and may be changed or updated by CDPH. The Vaccine Distribution page will remain updated to reflect any developments.
How Vaccine Will Get to People in Later Phases
When vaccine is available to other groups of people, it will likely be given at:
- Primary care clinics
- Some workplaces, and
- Special vaccination sites run by Public Health and county, city, and community partners
No one will have to pay for the vaccine. A doctor or pharmacy may charge a fee for giving the vaccine, but it should be covered by public and private insurance companies. People without health insurance can get COVID-19 vaccines at no cost. There are no out-of-pocket payments.
While, with the exception of health care workers, there is no way to register or sign up to receive the vaccine at this time, plans are currently being developed at CDC for how persons within these broad groupings will be prioritized and how the vaccines will be delivered. To support local planning processes, the County has established a COVID-19 Vaccine Work Group, comprised of approximately 100 individuals representing more than 60 organizations, with committees focused on ensuring equitable distribution of the vaccine, establishing effective communications, and aligning resources.
Healthcare professionals wanting to receive the vaccine and facilities wanting to administer the vaccine should visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Healthcare Provider Information Hub.
Vaccine Distribution in the City of Malibu
The City has created a dedicated webpage for coronavirus vaccination information at MalibuCity.org/Vaccine. The City of Malibu is in active conversations with local medical providers to prepare for and support a mass vaccination site if needed. Whether a site is needed depends on how many doses the local medical providers receive. If they only receive a small number of doses that is manageable to administer in their offices, then that is how it will be done. However, if the number of doses is too large to effectively administer through their offices, then a mass vaccination site will be established. City Council has already approved using City Hall as a vaccination site, and City Hall has been used numerous for drive-through COVID-19 testing service. Local medical providers are not expected to receive the vaccine until late January or early February.