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COVID-19 Vaccine

How to Get Vaccinated

Before you begin  
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is free.
  • Vaccines are available for everyone age 12 and over.
  • You will not be asked about your immigration status when you get a vaccine.
  • No appointment is needed at many locations.

To learn more about each vaccine, read the FDA Fact Sheets for Recipients and Caregivers - Pfizer | Moderna | Johnsons & Johnson/Janssen. To view the fact sheets in other languages, visit the FDA COVID-19 vaccine webpage

Visit VaccinateLACounty.com for more information including COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

If you are home-bound you can request an in-home vaccination.

Los Angeles County residents can apply in 2 ways:

  1. Call the DPH Vaccine Call Center 833-540-0473 open daily 8am to 8:30pm, or
  2. Fill out the online request form (the form has multiple language options)

Long Beach residents can apply for in-home vaccination here.

Pasadena residents can call the Pasadena Citizen Service Center at 626-744-7311, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. at 4 p.m.

Flyers for are available in multiple languages: English | Español | 简体中文 | 繁體中文 | العربية | հայերեն | អក្សរខ្មែរ | 日本語 | 한국어 | Русский | Tiếng Việt | فارسى | Tagalog

Nurses are fanning out across the county to make vaccinations available to homebound residents.

NEED A RIDE? Uber and Lyft are now providing free rides to and from vaccination sites.
Don't have the app? Call the Call Center to book your ride

For information about paratransit or other transit services for people with disabilities, call the Call Center or click here.

DPH Vaccine Call Center 833-540-0473 open daily 8am to 8:30pm

Choose a location that offers the Pfizer vaccine. People under the age of 18 will be turned away if the site does not offer Pfizer vaccine. This is because both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only authorized for use with people age 18 and over. The type(s) of vaccine offered are shown in the vaccination location listings below. You can also view a complete list of all the LA County vaccination locations that offer the Pfizer vaccine.

The information below applies to minors being vaccinated at a site run by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:

  • For all minors aged 12-17: A parent or legal guardian signed a consent form is required for both visits.
  • 16 and 17-year-olds should be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian if possible.
  • 12-15 year-olds must be accompanied by their parent, legal guardian, or a responsible adult.

See Required Documentation for more information.

Doses for immunocompromised

Specific Instructions for people with weakened immune systems (immunocompromised) about an additional dose

People with weakened immune systems are more likely to get COVID-19 than people with normal immune systems. And if they get infected they are more likely to get seriously ill and to spread the virus to other people in their home.

Studies have shown that some people who are immunocompromised don’t build enough protection after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccine series. Because of this, the CDC recommends that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress the immune response

Talk to your doctor about the need to get an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine. If you need an additional dose and ask about the best timing based on your current treatment plan. This is especially important if you are about to start or restart immunosuppressive treatment.


  • If you got the J&J vaccine for your primary series, you should get a second dose (booster dose) of any COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months later. You can get another J&J vaccine, a Pfizer vaccine or a Moderna vaccine (half-dose) as your booster. Talk with your doctor about if you have questions about which vaccine is best for you.
  • The 3rd dose of mRNA vaccine should be given at least 28 days after the 2nd dose The same type of vaccine should be used if possible. For example, if you got a series of Pfizer vaccine, try to get a Pfizer vaccine for your 3rd dose.
  • If your doctor’s facility does not provide vaccines, search below for a location near you that offers the same kind of vaccine. You can self-attest that you are immunocompromised using this form: English | Español

For more information, see the ModernaPfizer, or J&J Fact Sheets for Recipients and Caregivers and the CDC webpage COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People.

Continue to protect yourself

It is important to continue to protect yourself even if you get a 3rd dose of vaccine. This includes wearing a well-fitting mask, maintaining physical distance, avoiding crowded places or spaces with poor air flow, and washing hands often. Consider “double masking” (wearing a cloth face mask over surgical mask) or an N95 respirator for a higher level of protection. The people you are in close contact with can help to protect you by getting vaccinated too.

Booster Doses

Your eligibility for a booster dose depends on what vaccine you originally received (your primary series)

People who have received the J&J COVID-19 vaccine

All people who received the J&J vaccine for their primary series should get a single vaccine booster dose at least 2 months after their initial J&J dose. 

This booster can be another J&J vaccine, it can be a Pfizer vaccine, or it can be a Moderna booster (half-dose) vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about what vaccine to get as a booster.

People who have received either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for their primary series

  • The following people should get a booster dose at least 6 months after their 2nd dose of their primary vaccine series:
    • people aged 65 years and older
    • people aged 18 years and older who live in long-term care settings
    • people aged 50–64 years who have underlying medical conditions or who experience social and economic risks that place them at increased risk for COVID-19
  • The following people may get a booster dose at least 6 months after their 2nd dose of their primary vaccine series, based on their individual benefits and risks:
    • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions
    • people aged 18–64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their occupational or institutional setting; this includes all essential workers*

If you have questions about the risks and benefits or whether a booster dose is right for you, talk with your doctor or healthcare provider.

*Examples of institutional settings include healthcare, schools, group homes, prisons, and shelters. The CDC currently defines occupations at increased risk for COVID-19 as:

  • First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
  • Education staff (teachers, school staff, daycare workers)
  • Food and agriculture workers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Corrections workers
  • U.S. Postal Service workers
  • Public transit workers
  • Grocery store workers


  • When you go to the location, take proof of vaccination such as your CDC white card or digital vaccination record (see Vaccination Records webpage for details, including how to get your digital record) to show that you completed your initial series.
    • At least 2 months ago if it was J&J/Janssen
    • At least 6 months ago (Pfizer and Moderna).
  • If you attend a site run by Public Health, you will be asked to sign a self-attestation form if you don’t have your vaccination verification: English | Español (Other languages)

For more information, visit the CDC webpage COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot.

Interval between doses of vaccine
Interval between doses of vaccine

When to get your second dose

With the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, you need 2 doses to get the most protection:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech doses should be given 3 weeks (21 days) apart
    • For example, if you got a Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday February 2, your second dose is due on Tuesday February 23.
  • Moderna doses should be given 4 weeks (28 days) apart
    • For example, if you got a Moderna vaccine on Tuesday February 2, your second dose is due on Tuesday March 2.

Your second dose should be given as close as possible to this recommended time frame. If this is not possible, the second dose may be given up to 6 weeks (42 days) after your first dose.

The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (J&J) vaccine only needs one dose.

If you need a second dose of vaccine and do not have an appointment:

  • You can search for a location near you using the search form below.
  • You can schedule an appointment or visit one of the many locations that accept walk-ins.
  • Be sure to search for a location that is offering the same vaccine as your 1st dose. If you do not remember which vaccine you got, check your white vaccine record card or electronic vaccine record.
  • Remember to bring your white vaccine record card or electronic vaccine record when you go to get your second dose.

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Preparing for your visit

Self-attestation forms for additional doses and booster doses
English Español
  • If you have a moderately or severely compromised immune system - complete page 1
    For more information see the  section above.
  • If you are eligible for a booster dose of Pfizer vaccine – complete page 2
    For more information see the  section above.
For locations not run by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: If you are getting vaccinated at a location that is not run by Public Health (such as a pharmacy), please check the consent and documentation requirements for that location.
  • If you have health insurance, please bring your health insurance card (COVID-19 vaccines are free regardless of insurance status)
  • A consent form is required for minors to be vaccinated at sites run by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health(see below for more details)
  • Note: You do not need to show ID in order to get a vaccine. However, because you may need to show your vaccination record and your ID if you travel or visit certain venues, it is recommended that when you get a vaccine you provide the name that is on your ID.
  • You do not need to be a US citizen to get a vaccine.

  • Remember to bring the required documentation or you may be turned away.
  • When you get a vaccine, you will be asked to give an email address or mobile phone number. This information will be entered into the State of California immunization registry (CAIR) so that you can get a digital COVID-19 vaccine record. It may also be used to send reminders if more COVID-19 vaccine doses are due or recommended. The digital vaccine record is a free and convenient way to prove your vaccination status. It is especially useful if you lose your white vaccine card. You don’t need to provide your email address or cell number to get a vaccine and a white CDC COVID-19 vaccination card. But, this may make it harder to get a digital vaccine record later. You can learn more about the digital vaccination record at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov and about the confidentiality protections here.
  • Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before for your appointment. Plan to stay at the appointment for at for approximately one hour. This includes 15-30 minutes for you to be observed after you receive your vaccination.
  • Read the information about the vaccine that you will be given that was in your appointment confirmation. It may be helpful to write down any questions.
  • Do not stop your routine medicines before getting vaccinated, unless your doctor recommends it.
  • Face masks must be worn at vaccination sites.
  • Wear clothing that will allow easy access to your upper arm where the vaccine will be given. On warm days, wear a hat and lightweight clothing (if you are visiting a walk-up site).
  • Eat a light snack before your appointment and stay hydrated (bring extra water, just in case).
  • If you need to get another dose of vaccine, make sure that you know how and when to get it before you leave the vaccination site.

After your visit

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