Resources, assistance and what you need to know about the novel coronavirus
L.A. CARE MEMBERS - GET A $50 GIFT CARD FOR GETTING VACCINATED
Beginning November 1, L.A. Care Health Plan is offering a COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Program to encourage eligible Medi-Cal and CalMediconnect (CMC) members to get COVID-19 vaccinated. Learn More.
COVID-19 Vaccine is Now Available for Children Ages 5 and up
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has given emergency use authorization for children ages 5-11 to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Parents can visit a local pharmacy or use myturn.ca.gov to find a vaccine location. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 is a smaller dose than what those ages 12 and older receive. It has been shown to be safe and effective for this age group. Two doses, three weeks a part are required for full effectiveness. Contact your primary care provider for questions about your child’s specific health needs.
Booster Shots Now Available for Certain Groups
On October 21, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a booster shot, or third dose, of COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations.
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at six 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 also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
CDC Approves Mixing Vaccines for Booster Dose
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.
Please check with your provider to confirm if you qualify for and need a booster shot.
L.A. Care will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.
L.A. CARE IS NOW OFFERING FREE FACE MASKS
L.A. Care is committed to helping you stay safe and is now offering free face masks. Stay safe by wearing your mask, washing your hands, and avoiding crowds.
Everyone continues to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you need help with food, unemployment, or other issues, L.A. Care Community Link can show you services near you.
Enter your zip code at L.A. Care Community Link and select "search". When you're on the resources page, enter "covid19" in the search bar at the top.
You will see related services and help from many different community-based organizations and government agencies.
DON'T FORGET SELF-CARE!
COVID-19 has put all of us under a lot of stress. Some will feel worry, sadness and loneliness.
There are many services here to help anyone who feels stressed, anxious or lonely. CalHOPE is one — a free, crisis counseling, peer support call line (1.833.317.HOPE) to talk you through your struggles.
We're all having to change the way we do things. It's been challenging to our spirits, and can wear us down. L.A. Care Behavioral Health Director Dr. Michael Brodsky talked to KNX News about our pandemic fatigue.
L.A. Care offers more information and resources to help you take care of your mind and spirit, as well as your body.
Understand the importance of social distancing. Know the public health orders in place for all Angelenos.
Want to help others in your community? There are ways to participate in the fight against COVID-19 or support those in need.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has a tip line to report any violations of the safety protocols outlined in the Health Officer Order. Violations can be reported anonymously at 888-700-9995 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., excluding holidays. To report violations online, visit www.publichealth.lacounty.gov. Public Health will take action and issue citations for violations, and repeat violations may result in business closure.