Yes, there are two vaccines available. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been shown to be safe and very effective in large studies that involved a diverse mix of people. These vaccines prevented 95% of cases of COVID-19 disease. While the vaccine stops people from getting sick, however, it is not yet clear if it stops them from spreading COVID-19 to other people. It is also not yet known how long they will be immune. So, 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.
The supply of COVID-19 vaccines will be limited for the first few months. This means that the vaccine will be offered to different groups of people at different times. When enough vaccine is ready, it will be offered to everyone. 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.
The CDC has recommended who should be in Phases 1A and 1B but these groupings may be modified by the State. Frontline essential workers were chosen because they cannot work from home and provide critically important services and are at high risk of being exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Older adults, and adults with medical conditions are given priority because they are more likely to become very sick if they get COVID-19. We will share more information when it is available from the CDC and the State. To view the current timeline, visit the LA County Department of Public Health website.
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.
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.