Coronavirus
COVID-19 Vaccine

UPDATED April 2, 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine situation is continually evolving. Information is changing daily, if not hourly. Please note that the situation may have changed since the last webpage update.


COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility
Eligible Now
Phase 1A: 

  • Healthcare workers
  • Residents and staff at skilled nursing and long-term care facilities

Phase 1B:

  • Residents 65+ 
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Education and Childcare
  • Emergency Services and First Responders
  • Janitorial, Custodial and Maintenance Services
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • People who live or work in congregate living spaces
  • People with serious health conditions/disabilities

Residents 50+
COVID-19 vaccine clinic volunteers are also eligible for vaccination if they complete at least one clinic shift and are approved by the clinic’s organizer.
 
Eligible Beginning April 15: Residents 16+ (Note: Persons 16-17 years old can only receive the Pfizer vaccine) 
 
For more details on eligible occupations within each sector and required documentation, click here.


Making Your Vaccination Appointment
The vaccine supply is still extremely limited, and the Department of Public Health urges patience as they work urgently with their federal and state partners to expand capacity and supply in the weeks ahead. Appointments and doses are limited.

How to make an appointment:

  • Visit the County’s website to check for and to schedule an appointment for vaccination, which fill up very quickly. Appointments are mandatory. Vaccinations are free.
  • For those without access to a computer or the internet, or with disabilities, a County call center is open daily from 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. to help schedule appointments at 833-540-0473.
  • Individuals are encouraged to use the website whenever possible to sign up for an appointment to avoid long wait times on the phone. The County is expanding capacity at the call center but want to urge people that there are long wait times and there is the ability for people to leave their number and get a call back within 24-36 hours. All available appointments are listed on the County’s website. The call center does not have access to any additional appointments.
  • You may receive communication from your health care provider with information about COVID-19 vaccinations and how to receive one through your provider.

Tips to make your vaccination appointment:

  • Check the County's website early in the morning as it seems like appointments are released sometime during the night or check periodically throughout the day. You can also sign up for the County's Vaccine Newsletter and follow them on social media for updates.
  • Be vigilant and persistent, especially if you are hoping to get vaccinated at a specific location.
  • Some locations have phone numbers to call if you have specific questions about disability parking or any other needs. You should make the appointment and confirm it, then call to see if you can get your questions answered.

Information on making your second appointment:

  • Every resident is guaranteed a second dose.
  • Make sure you are receiving the same type of vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna).
  • Bring your white vaccine record card or electronic vaccine card and a photo ID when you go to your second appointment.
  • How you get your second dose depends on where you got your first dose. Visit the County’s website for up-to-date information on second doses by the following locations:
    • Public Health - Large-Scale Vaccination Sites (Drive-Through Mega-PODs)
    • Public Health - Regular Vaccination Sites (PODs)
    • LA City Fire Department Locations (including Dodger Stadium)
    • Pharmacies
    • Community clinics and Hospitals Serving Community Members
    • Long-term Care Facilities

Vaccine Distribution Prioritization
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides guidance for the allocation of vaccines and the State health department reviews and finalizes these recommendations for the county to follow. 

To find out when it's your turn to get vaccinated, residents can visit MyTurn.ca.gov. My Turn is the State's appointment registration platform. My Turn features a streamlined process for residents eligible to receive the vaccine. The system lets residents know if they are currently eligible and, if they are, can help find and book appointments that are available in their area. The site also alerts people who registered to when appointments open up, or when vaccinations are opening up to additional priority groups.  

The first COVID-19 vaccine was administered in Los Angeles County on December 14. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health created a COVID-19 vaccine management dashboard that will be updated weekly to list how many vaccine allocations have been received and where they have been distributed. This dashboard will also provide a running tally of how many doses have been administered. View the dashboard here. This does not include allocations for the Cities of Long Beach and Pasadena, which have their own independent health departments and are receiving their own allocations.


Authorized COVID-19 Vaccines
On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals 16 years of age and older. The emergency use authorization allows the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S. The second COVID-19 vaccine, the Moderna vaccine, received EUA by the FDA on December 18 for individuals 18 years of age and older. On February 27, the FDA issued an EUA for the third vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 allowing the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S. for use in individuals 18 years of age and older. The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine requires a single dose.

According to the FDA, it is not possible to make comparisons about the effectiveness among the three COVID-19 vaccines. The only way to accurately compare the effectiveness of medical products, such as vaccines or drugs, is by direct comparison in head-to-head clinical trials, which did not occur for these vaccines. Furthermore, the clinical trials for these vaccines occurred in different geographic regions and at different points in time with varying incidence of COVID-19. All of the COVID-19 vaccines that the FDA has authorized for emergency use are at least 50% more effective than placebo in preventing COVID-19, consistent with FDA recommendations provided in the October 2020 guidance document, Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19. A vaccine with at least 50% efficacy would have a significant impact on disease, both at the individual and societal level.

Process of Approval: Following each FDA hearing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meet to vote on whether to recommend the vaccines and develop guidelines for prioritization. California has also launched an independent Safety Review Work Group with the states of Washington, Oregon and Nevada that also review and approve the safety and efficacy data before the vaccine can be distributed.


The COVID-19 vaccine development is continually evolving 
Even with vaccines available, it remains essential that we continue to follow the health guidance and take steps to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19 or giving it to others. Stay home as much as possible, wash your hands frequently, self-isolate if you are sick, avoid crowds, practice physical distancing and wear your face mask correctly. Vaccines are an additional tool in the fight against COVID-19.


Frequently Asked Questions

DISTRIBUTION
When can I get vaccinated?
  • Due to limited supply, distribution of COVID-19 vaccine will be phased across populations.
  • The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health distribution prioritizations are aligned with the recommendations of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Vaccines are currently being distributed to individuals in Phase 1A, Phase 1B and residents 50+. 
  • For more details on the distribution phases, click here.
  • Over time, when more vaccine is available, it will be offered to everyone. This will likely take months and not be widely available to the general public until Spring/Summer 2021.
What can I do now to help protect myself from getting COVID-19 since I am not in one of the current prioritization groups?

Even with vaccines available, it remains essential that we continue to follow the health guidance and take steps to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19 or giving it to others. Stay home as much as possible, wash your hands frequently, self-isolate if you are sick, avoid crowds, practice physical distancing and wear your face mask correctly. Vaccines are an additional tool in the fight against COVID-19.

Who makes the decisions about how vaccines are distributed?

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is an independent panel of medical and public health experts brought together by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make recommendations about vaccine policies. The ACIP recommends to the CDC which people should be in each phase. While states often follow the ACIP recommendations, final decisions about when different groups will get the vaccine are made by each state. In California, those decisions are being made by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health refines the state’s plan and decides exactly how each phase of vaccine distribution will be carried out: where vaccines will be given, who will be giving the vaccines, and how the county will make sure everyone has a chance to get a vaccine when it is offered to people in their phase.

Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

How is it decided who gets vaccine and when?

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has the following goals and principles to guide decisions about the order in which people are vaccinated.

Goals:

  • Reduce deaths and cases of serious disease
  • Keep key healthcare services and the larger community operating
  • Limit the extra strain that COVID-19 is having on people with chronic health conditions and people experiencing extreme hardship

Principles:

  • Do as much good and as little harm as possible. For example, make sure we use the vaccine that comes to Los Angeles County as efficiently as possible AND make sure people don’t have to go to crowded places where they could catch COVID-19 to get the vaccine.
  • Reduce health inequities. This means that the needs of people who experience worse health due to poor living or working conditions are recognized in planning the phases for distribution.
  • Promote justice. This means, for example, making sure richer people can’t buy their way to a place at the head of the line.
  • Promote transparency. In other words, make sure the public has information on every step in the process and knows where they can get more information if they need it.

In addition, there are other things to consider, like how to offer the vaccine in a way that reaches as many of the people in each phase as possible. This is complicated, especially since we don’t want people to gather in big crowds where they can’t be six feet apart when they get vaccinated.

Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

SAFETY
What’s the process for emergency use authorization (EUA)?

The FDA is globally respected for its scientific standards of vaccine safety, effectiveness and quality. The agency provides scientific and regulatory advice to vaccine developers and undertakes a rigorous evaluation of the scientific information through all phases of clinical trials, which continues after a vaccine has been approved or authorized for emergency use. Efforts to speed vaccine development have not sacrificed scientific standards, integrity of the vaccine review process or safety. Here is the path a COVID-19 vaccine must take to receive EUA.

Is there an age requirement?

The FDA authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine under an EUA for the prevention of COVID-19 for individuals 16 years of age and older. The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine has been authorized for emergency use for individuals 18 years of age and older.

Who should not get vaccinated?

If you have had a severe allergic reaction—also known as anaphylaxis—to any ingredient in the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinethe Moderna vaccine or the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine, you should not get vaccinated. If you have had a severe allergic reaction to other vaccines or injectable therapies, ask your doctor if you should get one of the vaccines. Your doctor will help you decide if it is safe for you to get one of the COVID-19 vaccines. Source: CDC

What are the side effects?
  • Pfizer-BioNTech: The most commonly reported side effects, which typically lasted several days, were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain and fever. More people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose; you can expect that there may be some side effects after either dose, but even more so after the second dose. Source: FDA
  • Moderna: The most commonly reported side effects, which typically lasted several days, were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, swollen lymph nodes in the same arm as the injection, nausea and vomiting, and fever. More people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose; you can expect that there may be some side effects after either dose, but even more so after the second dose. Source: FDA
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson): The most commonly reported side effects were pain at the injection site, headache, fatigue, muscle aches and nausea. Most of these side effects occurred within 1-2 days following vaccination and were mild to moderate in severity and lasted 1-2 days. Source: FDA
  • Experiencing side effects is a normal sign that your body is building protection. Source: CDC
  • You may get side effects in the first 2 days after getting the vaccine. Side effects are more common in younger people. They usually do not last long, and you should feel better within a day or two. Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Can the vaccine give you COVID-19?

No. You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, UCLA

Do messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines alter your DNA?

The vaccine will not alter your genetic information, or DNA. Just as its name says, mRNA works like a messenger; it tells your body to make a protein that kicks your immune system into action. mRNA never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. The cell breaks down and gets rid of the mRNA soon after it is finished using the instructions. Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, CDC

EFFECTIVENESS
Is it effective?
  • The clinical trial for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine demonstrated a very high efficacy of 95%. Efficacy was similar across age, sex, racial and ethnic groups, including those with one or more of the following underlying health conditions: obesity, diabetes, hypertension and chronic cardiopulmonary disease. Source: CDC
  • The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine also has a very high efficacy of 94.1%. Efficacy was high among people of diverse age, sex, race, and ethnicity categories and among persons with underlying medical conditions. Source: CDC
  • The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine was 66.3% effective in clinical trials at preventing COVID-19 illness in people who had no evidence of prior infection 2 weeks after receiving the vaccine. People had the most protection 2 weeks after getting vaccinated. The vaccine also had high efficacy at preventing hospitalization and death in people who did get sick. No one who got COVID-19 at least 4 weeks after receiving the vaccine had to be hospitalized. Early evidence suggests that the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine might provide protection against asymptomatic infection, which is when a person is infected by the virus that causes COVID-19 but does not get sick. Source: CDC
  • According to the FDA, it is not possible to make comparisons about the effectiveness among the three COVID-19 vaccines. The only way to accurately compare the effectiveness of medical products, such as vaccines or drugs, is by direct comparison in head-to-head clinical trials, which did not occur for these vaccines. Furthermore, the clinical trials for these vaccines occurred in different geographic regions and at different points in time with varying incidence of COVID-19. All of the COVID-19 vaccines that the FDA has authorized for emergency use are at least 50% more effective than placebo in preventing COVID-19, consistent with FDA recommendations provided in the October 2020 guidance document, Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19. A vaccine with at least 50% efficacy would have a significant impact on disease, both at the individual and societal level.
  • mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing infections in real-world conditions: In a study of about 4,000 healthcare personnel, police, firefighters and other essential workers, the CDC found that the vaccines reduced the risk of infection, both asymptomatic and symptomatic infection by 80% after one dose, and that protection increased to 90% following the second dose. Different from the clinical trials, which are tightly controlled, and showed that the vaccines are highly effective preventing hospitalizations and deaths, this study shows just how effective the vaccines are in preventing infections in real-life conditions. The findings of this study are significant and provide evidence that the vaccines can both reduce transmission and save lives. Read the CDC’s report here. 
What is herd immunity?

Herd immunity means that enough people in a community are protected from getting a disease because they’ve already had the disease or because they’ve been vaccinated. Herd immunity makes it hard for the disease to spread from person to person, and it even protects those who cannot be vaccinated, like newborns or people who are allergic to the vaccine. The percentage of people who need to have protection to achieve herd immunity varies by disease. Experts do not yet know what percentage of people would need to get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity to COVID-19. CDC and other experts are studying herd immunity and will provide more information as it is available. Source: CDC

How does an mRNA vaccine work?

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines. mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases, but they are not unknown. Researchers have been studying and working with mRNA vaccines for decades. Interest has grown in these vaccines because they can be developed in a laboratory using readily available materials. This means the process can be standardized and scaled up, making vaccine development faster than traditional methods of making vaccines. As soon as the necessary information about the virus that causes COVID-19 was available, scientists began designing the mRNA instructions for cells to build the unique spike protein into an mRNA vaccine. mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies. Source: CDC

Can I get COVID-19 after I am vaccinated?

It is possible to catch the disease in the first few days after your vaccination before the vaccine has a chance to work. For the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the vaccine needs 7 days before it starts to work for most people and the second dose is required before a person is fully protected from getting sick from the virus. For the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine, which requires just one dose, people had the most protection 2 weeks after getting vaccinated in the clinical trials. Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, CDC

Can I give COVID-19 to others after I am vaccinated?

We don’t know. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna clinical trials tested the vaccines ability to prevent symptomatic COVID-19 disease in vaccinated individuals. The trials did not test if vaccinated individuals could still become infected with COVID-19 or transmit the illness. But just because this wasn’t tested in the clinical trials doesn’t mean the COVID-19 vaccine isn’t preventing vaccinated individuals from catching and transmitting the disease. Based on experience with other vaccines and early data, it is likely that people who are vaccinated will at most have an asymptomatic illness and will be less likely to pass the virus to others. But since we just don’t know if one can give COVID-19 to others after vaccination, it remains essential to continue to follow the public health protocols such as staying home as much as possible, wearing face coverings, physically distancing yourself from others you do not live with, washing your hands frequently and avoiding crowds. Source: UCLA

Are the vaccines effective against variants?

​Yes, both the FDA and CDC confirm that the COVID-19 vaccines are effective against variants.

  • While the FDA continues to develop an understanding of and address any impact of variants on FDA-regulated products, at this time, available information suggests that the authorized vaccines remain effective in protecting the American public against currently circulating strains of COVID-19. Source: FDA
  • Studies suggest that antibodies generated through vaccination with currently authorized vaccines recognize these variants. This is being closely investigated and more studies are underway. Source: CDC
GETTING VACCINATED
Why should I get vaccinated?

COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19

  • All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. 
  • Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
  • Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection

  • COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you.
  • Clinical trials of all vaccines must first show they are safe and effective before any vaccine can be authorized or approved for use, including COVID-19 vaccines. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine for use under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Watch a video on what an EUA is.
  • Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. Current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. However, experts don’t know for sure how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
  • Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important parts of COVID-19 disease that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic

  • Wearing masks and physical distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
  • The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
  • Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, CDC will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.

Source: CDC

How is the vaccine administered? When do I get my second dose?
  • Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two doses. The Pfizer-BioNTech doses are given three weeks (21 days) apart and the Moderna four weeks (28 days) apart. You must receive the same vaccine for both doses. Your second dose should be administered as close to the recommended 21 days or 28 days interval as possible. However, if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval, the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be scheduled for administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. Second doses administered within a grace period of 4 days earlier than the recommended date for the second dose are also considered valid. Source: CDC
  • The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine requires a single dose.
Do I need to pay?

No. Your doctor or pharmacy may charge a fee for giving the vaccine, but it will 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. Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Will I be asked about my immigration status when I get vaccinated?

No. COVID-19 vaccine is being given to Los Angeles County residents at no cost regardless of immigration status. You should not be asked about your immigration status when you get vaccinated. Your medical information is private. Your doctor is not allowed to share it with immigration officials. Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Where can I get vaccinated?

Nearly 400 sites in Los Angeles County are administering the vaccines, including federally qualified health clinics, pharmacies, hospitals, and large capacity vaccination sites. For the full list of available vaccination sites, visit the County’s website here.

I had COVID-19; do I still need to get vaccinated?

Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected. If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Source: CDC

I currently have COVID-19; should I get vaccinated?

If you currently have COVID-19, you should defer vaccination until you recover. This recommendation applies to persons who get infected before vaccination as well as those who get infected after the first dose, but before receiving the second dose. While there is no recommended minimum interval between infection and vaccination, current evidence suggests that reinfection is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. Therefore, persons with documented acute infection in the preceding 90 days may delay vaccination until near the end of this period, if desired. Source: CDC

Is the COVID-19 vaccine required?

Getting the vaccine is voluntary. Vaccines are an important public health measure to protect the health of not only yourself, but of your community. Healthcare providers and public health officials are trying to provide people with good information on the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines so that they can make an informed decision when it is their turn to be offered the vaccine. The Beach Cities Health District Medical Advisory Committee strongly recommends residents to get a COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized by the FDA when it becomes available to them.

Will I be required to get vaccinated for work?

The federal government does not require vaccination for individuals. For some healthcare workers or essential employees, a state or local government or employer, for example, may require or mandate that workers be vaccinated as a matter of state or other law. Check with your employer to see if they have any rules that apply to you. Source: CDC

AFTER VACCINATION
What should I do if I experience pain or discomfort after getting vaccinated?

If you have pain or discomfort, talk to your doctor about taking over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, antihistamines, or acetaminophen, for any pain and discomfort you may experience after getting vaccinated. You can take these medications to relieve post-vaccination side effects if you have no other medical reasons that prevent you from taking these medications normally. It is not recommended you take these medicines before vaccination for the purpose of trying to prevent side effects, because it is not known how these medications may impact how well the vaccine works.

To reduce pain and discomfort where you got the shot:

  • Apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area
  • Use or exercise your arm

To reduce discomfort from fever:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Dress lightly

In most cases, discomfort from fever or pain is normal. Contact your doctor or healthcare provider:

  • If the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours
  • If your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days

If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911.

Source: CDC

Has the public health guidance changed for those that are fully vaccinated?

After You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated: 

These are new public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people. They are based on guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will update them over time as we learn more about the impact of vaccination on the spread of COVID-19.

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

You are considered fully vaccinated when:

  • Two weeks or more have passed since you received your second dose in a 2-dose vaccine series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna); or
  • Two weeks or more have passed since you received your dose of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson& Johnson/Janssen)

People Who Are Fully Vaccinated Can:

  • Visit indoors with a small number of other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or physically distancing;
  • Visit indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household without wearing masks or physical distancing, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19;
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing if they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 and they do not have symptoms.

People Who Are Fully Vaccinated Should Continue to:

  • Take steps to protect themselves and others by wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. These precautions should be taken whenever they are:
    • In public
    • Gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household
    • Visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who lives with a person at increased risk.
  • Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings
  • Watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if after contact with someone who is sick. If they have symptoms of COVID-19, they should get tested and stay home and away from others.

Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

If I am vaccinated, do I still need to quarantine?

The California Department of Public Health and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health support the new CDC recommendation that fully vaccinated persons with an exposure to COVID-19 do not need to quarantine if they meet the following criteria:

  1. it has been > 2 weeks since the final dose,
  2. they are within 3 months of having received the final vaccine dose, and
  3. they have remained asymptomatic since the exposure.

Fully vaccinated persons who do not quarantine should still watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure. If they experience symptoms, they should be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, including testing, if indicated. All vaccinated persons must continue all precautions including masking, physical distancing, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.