Yes, there are three vaccines available. The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been shown to be safe and very effective in large studies that involved a diverse mix of people. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines prevented 95% of cases of COVID-19 disease. Although the Johnson & Johnson vaccine's clinical trials show lower effectiveness than Pfizer and Moderna, it's important to know that all three vaccines are exceptionally effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19 symptoms. Johnson & Johnson is delivered in a single dose, which means more people will be vaccinated in a shorter timeframe and we'll continue to see fewer COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. It is not yet known how long those vaccinated will be immune at this point. Regardless whether you have had the vaccine or not, everyone must still wear a face covering, physically distance, and not gather.
Vaccination is a safe and effective way to prevent disease. Vaccines save millions of lives each year. When we get vaccinated, we aren't just protecting ourselves, but also those around us.
Please see the phases outlined the LA County Department of Public Health website
for estimated timeframes. The phases will overlap so, for example, a person in Phase 1A may get their second dose of vaccine at the same time as a person in Phase 1B gets their first dose.
Work with your primary care physician before undergoing any vaccination. The City of Beverly Hills continues to work with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health regarding COVID-19 vaccine information and will continue to share the rollout timeline as it becomes available. It is also encouraged to sign up for the Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Email Newsletter and/or get more information by visiting the COVID-19 vaccine website.
No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines developed in the United States have the virus that causes COVID-19 in them. Sometimes people get a fever or feel tired for a day or so after getting a vaccine. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity. You can learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work on the CDC website.
It usually takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. If a person got infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after they got a shot they could still get COVID-19. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.
No. Your doctor or pharmacy may charge a fee for giving the vaccine, but it should be covered by public and private insurance companies. People without health insurance can get COVID-19 vaccines at no cost. There are no out-of-pocket payments.
Yes, you do need the vaccine even if you have had COVID-19. We don't yet know how long you are protected after you have had COVID-19, so it is important to have the vaccine to strengthen your immunity.
People who are fully vaccinated can start to do some things they stopped doing because of the pandemic. You are considered fully vaccinated when: two weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine.
If you've been fully vaccinated:
You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
If you've been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don't have symptoms.
Children will not be offered vaccine in the near future. The Pfizer vaccine has only been authorized by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for people age 16 and over and the Moderna vaccine is only authorized for people age 18 and over.
The COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed in Los Angeles County in a fair and transparent way. If someone offers to sell you a chance to get vaccinated before it is your turn, it's a scam. Please review the following fact sheet to learn about the techniques scammers are using HERE.
The LA County phone number is 833-540-0473 for those who need help navigating the County vaccine webpage to sign-up for their vaccine appointment. The phone number is staffed seven days a week from 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.