Los Angeles County Announces Expanded COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

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The city of West Hollywood is getting the word out that Los Angeles County has expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include three additional sectors. The sectors now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines include Education & Childcare; Emergency Services & First Responders; and Food & Agriculture.

The new eligible sectors are in addition to existing groups, which include frontline healthcare workers; staff and residents at skilled nursing facilities; staff and residents at long-term care facilities; and all people age 65.

Residents in all eligible groups may visit www.VaccinateLACounty.com to schedule appointments. Residents who do not have computer access may call (833) 540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. for assistance.

To share the latest updates regarding vaccines, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will host a COVID-19 Vaccine Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Town Hall will livestream on LA County Public Health social media pages, @lapublichealth on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, the City of West Hollywood hosted a COVID-19 Vaccine Panel Discussion, which is posted for viewing on the City’s WeHoTV YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgxMx7Lk1Ho.

Los Angeles County continues to urge patience as it works to expand capacity and supply, which is currently limited. The vaccine will be offered to different groups of people at different times. When enough vaccine is ready, it will be offered to the general population. People coming to be vaccinated will be asked to verify they are in an eligible group.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has prepared detailed downloadable fact sheets (PDF) about each of the newly eligible sectors:

  1. Education & Childcare
  2. Emergency Services & First Responders
  3. Food & Agriculture

While the vaccine stops people from getting sick, it is not yet clear if it stops people from spreading COVID-19 to other people. It is also not yet known how long people will be immune. So, everyone must still wear a face covering, maintain physical distance, and avoid gathering outside of households.

To ensure that people at higher risk of transmission and illness are vaccinated first, Los Angeles County has established a phased system. For details visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidvaccinedistribution. For answers to frequently asked questions from LA County Public Health, visit: www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/about/FAQ-Vaccine.pdf.

The State of California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has, additionally, established an online tool called MyTurn to assist all Californians in finding out when they are eligible for vaccination. Visit https://myturn.ca.gov and answer a few brief questions to determine vaccine eligibility.

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