COVID-19 Vaccines

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California officials have announced that everyone in Phase 1B, including people ages 65 and older as well as essential workers, are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but the vaccine sites need time to prepare. 

Local public health departments ask the public for patience as they prepare. Officials believe Los Angeles County will be ready to start vaccinating everyone ages 65 and older and essential workers in early February.  

The COVID-19 vaccine is being administered by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the public health departments in Long Beach and Pasadena, and other approved providers by appointment only. 

Currently, the vaccine is available for health care workers who have direct contact with patients and the residents and staff of Long Term Care facilities, which are also called nursing homes.

The vaccine is also now available to In-Home Supportive Services Workers, also known as IHSS Providers. This includes members of L.A. Care’s PASC-SEIU health coverage plan.

The individuals listed above who are eligible to receive the vaccine must schedule an appointment. You will need to bring proof of eligibility to get vaccinated.
 

 

All public health agencies and L.A. Care recommend that everyone who is eligible get the vaccine. It is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones. Los Angeles County will soon be ready to administer the vaccine to those 65 and over and essential workers in Phase 1B.  The vaccine will likely become available for general distribution in spring 2021. There is no cost to L.A. Care members to receive the vaccine.​
 

Vaccine Approvals

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave emergency use authorization for the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in December.  Other vaccines are being examined by the FDA or are in clinical trials right now.  We expect more vaccines to be approved in 2021.
 

Vaccine Availability

The vaccine is now available for the following groups:

  • Health care workers who have direct contact with patients  
  • Residents and staff of Long Term Care facilities, which are also called nursing homes
  • In-Home Supportive Services Workers, also known as IHSS Providers. This includes members of L.A. Care’s PASC-SEIU health coverage plan.

The individuals listed above who are eligible to receive the vaccine must schedule an appointment. You will need to bring proof of eligibility to your vaccine appointment. For IHSS Providers, this can include a paystub and a photo ID. 

Los Angeles County will soon be ready to administer the vaccine to those 65 and older as well as essential workers in Phase 1B. Local public health departments ask the public for patience as they prepare. Officials believe Los Angeles County will be ready to start vaccinating these individuals in early February.  

If you are younger than 65 or not sure if you are an essential worker, than please check your local public health departments’ (Los Angeles County, Long Beach or Pasadena) website to find out when you are eligible to receive the vaccine.  

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and the public health departments in Long Beach and Pasadena, will share the vaccination plan for additional groups over the next few weeks, and we will update this page with that information as it becomes available.

The vaccine will likely become available for general distribution in spring 2021.
 

Vaccine Access

Eventually, L.A. Care members who are in Phase 1B and beyond will be able to receive the vaccine at a variety of pharmacy locations, community vaccination sites and participating doctor’s offices and clinics.

You will have to make an appointment for the vaccination once you are eligible, including at pharmacies. 

Pharmacy chains that have agreed to participate in administering the COVID-19 vaccine include Albertsons, Vons, Sav-On, Pavilions, Ralphs, Costco, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart.

We will update this page with that information as it becomes available.

Even after you get the vaccine, good public health measures will still be required. Please continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance.
 

Vaccine Costs

There is no cost to L.A. Care members to receive the vaccine. 

There will be no cost-share for any L.A. Care member regardless of where they get it (pharmacy, doctor’s office, from their employer etc.).  

Please do not pay if someone tries to charge you for the COVID-19 vaccine. If you are asked to pay for the vaccine, contact L.A. Care to report it by calling the number on the back of your ID card or 1-888-4LACARE (TTY 711).
 

Vaccine Fraud

Knowing the facts about COVID-19 vaccine distribution is important to prevent getting scammed. Criminals will be taking advantage of our fears to steal our money or personal information by promising a COVID-19 vaccine.

Do not believe anyone who calls, texts, emails, or comes to your door promising they can get you early access to the vaccine. It's a scam.

Eventually, L.A. Care members will be able to receive the vaccine at a variety of pharmacy locations, community vaccination sites and participating doctor’s offices and clinics.

Please do not pay for the vaccine, or give your personal information to anyone other than authorized health care providers that can give you COVID-19 vaccination.

What else do you need to know to avoid a vaccine-related scam? Here are the facts from the Federal Trade Commission and the National Associations of Attorneys General:

  • You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine. 
  • You can’t pay to get early access to the vaccine.
  • No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call you asking for your Social Security number or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.
  • Also be cautious of providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus. Check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.

More on this & other COVID-19 fraud

Please keep checking this page for updates on vaccine availability. You can also visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 website.