Vaccines Update in LA and OC Counties

Monday, Apr 12, 2021

Vaccines made by Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (J&J) are now available in Los Angeles County. In large studies that involved a diverse mix of people, all 3 vaccines were shown to be safe and effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, including severe illness and death. In addition, there is early data showing that the vaccines may help keep people from spreading COVID-19. We’re still learning how effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus and how long protection lasts.

The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone, regardless of their immigration status. It is being offered to different groups in phases. Please talk to your doctor or sign up for email updates on this page to find out when vaccine will be available to you. Visit the appointment webpage to learn more about who is eligible to get a vaccine now, how to make an appointment, and what documentation is required.

As usually happens during a crises, misinformation is circulating about vaccines and scammers are at work trying to cheat people out of their money. See the resources on this LACDPH page for more information.


Updated 04/17/21

This update provides information on the three COVID-19 vaccines that are now authorized in the US. These vaccines are made by Moderna, Pfizer, and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (J&J).

Vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Orange County will equitably distribute a safe and effective vaccine to everyone who lives or works in Orange County, ages 16+ as supply is available. The OC Health Care Agency is scheduling vaccines through the Othena.com platform (and apps).

ALL people wishing to receive COVID vaccine must meet the minimum age requirement and show proof of age at the time of appointment. SEE DETAILS FOR MINORS

Additional information for minors ages 16-18:

  1. Pfizer is the only vaccine authorized for minors 16-18 to receive. (J&J and Moderna are authorized for ages 18+)
  2. An adult parent or legal guardian must accompany the minor to the vaccine site to sign the consent.
  3. An emancipated minor must show proof from the court.

For more information on the State’s vaccination plan visit https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/#California's-vaccination-plan

The OC Health Agency (OCHCA) COVID-19 Hotline is available to answer questions about Othena and other vaccine-related issues, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (714) 834-2000. To visit the OCHCA website, click here.

Health care providers are asked to report any vaccine-related adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System at https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html.In addition to reporting to VAERS, providers are also asked to report any thrombotic events or thrombocytopenia in patients who have recently received the J&J COVID-19 vaccine immediately to OCHCA at 714-834-8180. 

Vaccine Clinical Provider Line LACDPH –Clinical questions about COVID-19 vaccines including but not limited to contraindications, precautions, side effects, post vaccination assessment

  • Monday through Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm, call 213-240-7941. For time-sensitive questions after hours, call 213-974-1234 and ask for the on-call clinician. For more information from the LACDPH, click here.

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