HEALTH UPDATE: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
REVISED May 14, 2021
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Los Angeles County to Offer Vaccinations to 12 to 15-Year-Olds Starting May 13
On May 12, the CDC affirmed the recommendation by the FDA to expand the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents 12 to 15 years old. Starting May 13, Los Angeles County vaccination providers may begin offering the Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds at vaccination sites that offer the Pfizer vaccine.
The information below applies to minors being vaccinated at a site run by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:
- For all minors age 12-17: a consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian is required for both visits.
- 16 and 17-year-olds should be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian if possible.
- 12-15 year-olds must be accompanied by their parent, legal guardian or a responsible adult. If the child is accompanied by a responsible adult, the consent form must name the responsible person and be signed by the parent or legal guardian. The responsible person must bring their photo ID.
- Note: If the minor is being vaccinated at school, consent is required; however, the school’s guidance should be followed on whether a parent/legal guardian or named adult needs to be present.
- Public Health consent form: English | Español
Consent forms are available at the vaccination site, or can be printed for free in LA County libraries.
For a full list of sites across the county offering Pfizer vaccines, please visit http://bit.ly/PfizerSites. To schedule an appointment, visit the County’s website; walk-ins are welcome at all 8 County-run sites.
Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People
On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidance indicating that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume activities that were done prior to the pandemic.
Updates as of May 13:
- Update that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
- Update that fully vaccinated people can refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter
L.A. County and the state will review the CDC recommendations in order to make sensible adjustments. In the interim, please note that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask when indoors around other fully vaccinated people, or outside in uncrowded areas. When at businesses and in crowded venues, both indoors and outdoors, masks are still required to be worn by everyone.
It remains important to protect workers at all worksites and all worksites must follow the requirements set forth by California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Cal/OSHA. Everyone must continue to adhere to required distancing and masking at all workplaces. Until Cal/OSHA changes these requirements, the County cannot be less restrictive. Proposed changes to Cal/OSHA’s workplace safety standards were posted for consideration at the May 20 standards board meeting.
Update on Variants in Los Angeles County (as of May 14): The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health continues to track and study variants of COVID-19 in the County. Like all viruses, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, changes constantly through mutation, and the more transmission there is of the virus, the more mutations there will be. The two most commonly circulating variants of concern in the County have been, and remain, the UK (B.1.1.7) and California (B.1.427/429) variants. Of the 79 specimens analyzed by the Public Health Laboratory in the past week, 35% were the UK variant and 6% were the California variant. The lab also detected 11 Brazil (P.1) variants last week, a significant increase from prior sequencing results. All of the information currently available indicates that vaccines appear to be highly effective in preventing transmission, hospitalizations and deaths, even with the increased presence of variants.
On May 5, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order was updated to reflect newly permitted activities allowed in the yellow tier, beginning Thursday, May 6 at 12:01 a.m. Additional safety modifications are required or recommended for some sectors.
For more information on COVID-19, visit:
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
California COVID-19 Response - covid19.ca.gov
California Department of Public Health
Los Angeles County COVID-19 Response - covid19.lacounty.gov
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
World Health Organization