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COVID-19 VACCINE

Find out when it’s your turn to receive your free COVID-19 vaccination by visiting VaccinateLACounty.com
 
 
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STUDENTS AND VACCINATIONS

 

There is currently no vaccine available for children under the age of 16. When a #COVID19 vaccination becomes available for children, the State of California will determine if the vaccine will be required of TK-12 students. Visit vaccinatelacounty.com for more information. 
 
The CDC has recommended the Pfizer #coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and older. Currently, individuals 16-year-olds and older are in Phase 2 of the #LACounty vaccination rollout. It is estimated they can begin receiving vaccines in mid-May or early June. Visit vaccinatelacounty.com for FAQ and to find out when you can receive the vaccine.
 
 
EDUCATORS AND VACCINATIONS
 
Who is included in the education sector designated to Phase 1B?
All staff who work for educational agencies are part of Phase 1B – Essential Workers. This means all school staff, including classified staff, are eligible to be vaccinated in Phase 1B. Once LA County reaches Phase 1B, anyone working for an educational agency, or other sectors included in Phase 1B, will be able to be vaccinated. Anyone who lives or works in LA County is eligible for the vaccine. Phase 1B is scheduled to begin in early February. Visit vaccinatelacounty.com for FAQ and to find out when you can receive the vaccine. 
 
Timeline:
 
The State of California has recently announced that Blue Shield will oversee the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine state-wide. Moving forward, Blue Shield will identify priority groups, coordinate distribution points, and handle appointment scheduling to develop a standardized network across the state. It is anticipated that educators will still be eligible to receive the vaccine in February.  
 
Shortages:
 
The LA Department of Public Health (DPH) is working to ensure that everyone that has already received the first dosage is guaranteed a second dosage of the vaccine. To support this effort, second doses will be prioritized in the coming weeks. Currently, those that receive the first dosage of the vaccine are automatically given an appointment for the second dosage. The County is working to create a system that will allow those individuals to easily cancel and reschedule an appointment if needed.  
 
 
 
VACCINE MISINFORMATION & HESITANCY
 
Misinformation:
 
False claims about COVID-19 vaccines have spread widely on social media. Having accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccines is important since widespread vaccination will play an essential role in controlling the pandemic in LA County and beyond. The LA Department of Public Health shares 10 common myths and facts about the vaccine. Get informed here
 
Hesitancy:
 
Are COVID-19 vaccines safe? What do I need to know and how do I know I am reading accurate vaccine information? Now that there are authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines in the United States, it is critical that you are accessing accurate information. Don't know where to start? Here are some quick facts to get you started: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html