HEALTH UPDATE: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
REVISED October 22, 2021
On March 16, 2020, BCHD activated its Emergency Operations Plan and opened the District Operations Center (DOC) in response to COVID-19.
CDC Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots
On October 21, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation for a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) and CDC’s recommendation for use are important steps forward as we work to stay ahead of the virus and keep Americans safe.
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:
- 65 years and older
- Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
- Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
For individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.
Preparing for the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for 5-11 year olds
- When is authorization expected?
The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) is scheduled to meet on October 26. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is scheduled to meet on November 2 and 3. (These dates are subject to change.) Vaccinations can begin after the pending FDA authorization, CDC recommendations and review by the Western States Scientific and Safety Review Workgroup (WSSSRW).
- Will the Pfizer vaccine for children 5-11 years old differ from the current product for adolescents and adults?
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year-olds will be a new product with new packaging, new product configuration (10-dose vial), different dosage and injection volume, and have a new National Drug Code (NDC). Current product for adults and adolescents cannot be used in children under 12 years of age.
Bars, breweries, wineries and distilleries:
Effective October 7, 2021 (11:59 p.m.), bars, breweries, wineries and distilleries must require patrons 12 years and older to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status with a photo ID for entry. Between October 7 and November 3, 2021, all patrons must provide proof they received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination for entry to obtain indoor service. Beginning November 4, 2021, all patrons 12 and older must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for entry into the facility indoor service. Children under age of two years are exempt. Additionally, by November 4, 2021, all on-site employees must provide their employer with proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
Nightclubs and lounges:
Effective October 7, 2021 (11:59 p.m.), nightclubs and lounges that are only open to persons 18 years and older, must require patrons and on-site personnel to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status with a photo ID for entry. Between October 7 and November 3, 2021, patrons must provide proof they received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination for entry to obtain indoor service at a nightclub or lounge. Beginning November 4, 2021, all patrons must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for entry into the facility indoor service. Additionally, by November 4, 2021, all on-site employees must provide their employer with proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
A negative COVID-19 test result does not qualify as an alternative to providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
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