Los Angeles County is now giving Pfizer its third booster dose after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Rochelle P. Walensky recommended the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 – Vaccine has been advocated in several populations. The CDC also recommended a booster dose for those in high-risk professional and institutional settings.
Boosters are currently only available to residents who have received Pfizer.
Residents who have received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson will have to wait for the FDA to review booster vaccination data and determine the need for and safety of booster vaccines for those vaccines.
Los Angeles County residents for a booster dose of Pfizer include those who received the second of the two series of Pfizer vaccines at least 6 months ago and either:
65 years or older
Residents of care facilities
18 to 64 years old with underlying illnesses
18 to 64 years of age at high institutional or occupational risk, including health workers, first responders, teachers and day care workers, food workers, and workers in homeless shelters or prisons
“We thank the FDA and CDC for their thorough and careful review of the booster data,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. Starting today, eligible Los Angeles County residents can get their booster dose at any of the hundreds of locations that offer the Pfizer vaccine. The booster dose provides improved protection for those who were fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine 6 months ago and are at increased risk of developing COVID-19 and / or developing serious illness from COVID. The LA County’s Vaccination Network stands ready to offer booster shots today while continuing to give priority to getting the first doses to those eligible who have not yet been vaccinated. “
Residents can schedule an appointment for their booster vaccination through the MyTurn system or an appointment at a pharmacy or clinic that offers Pfizer vaccinations.
Residents are required to provide evidence that they have previously received two doses of Pfizer, which for most people is in the form of a white vaccination card or a photo of the white card or a digital record of your two doses. In many locations, residents may be asked to sign a confirmation form stating that they meet the criteria to receive the booster.
If you need a lift to get your vaccination, you can call the public health call center at 1-833-540-0473 and you will be hooked up to free transportation.
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Submitted by Public Health