COVID-19 Vaccine Update
While booster shots are now available to all fully vaccinated adults 18 years and older, uptake has been uneven in L.A. County.
As of November 17, nearly 1 million additional or booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Los Angeles County residents. Among the 4.8 million residents eligible for additional or booster doses, booster uptake has been lower in hardest-hit, highest-need ZIP codes (defined using the Healthy Places Index/other criteria). Simultaneously, the County has seen great success vaccinating skilled nursing facility residents: as of November 16, of 341 skilled nursing facilities, 334 (98%) had completed or scheduled a booster dose vaccination clinic to take place before the end of last week.
Additionally, residents five years of age and older are now eligible to receive the vaccine free of charge, regardless of immigration status.
Appointments are not needed at any of the Public Health vaccination sites where first, second, and third doses are available. Many generations often gather to celebrate holidays, so think about everyone’s risk for COVID-19. Take extra precautions if there are people who are not fully vaccinated and/or who are at a higher risk of getting severe disease if they get infected (such as older adults and those with certain medical conditions).
To find a vaccination site near you, or to make an appointment, please visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com or www.VacunateLosAngeles.com. For more general public health info visit http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov
Patrons entering any indoor bars, nightclubs or wineries in Los Angeles County will have to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, according to a new health officer order. Businesses will have to ensure all patrons aged 12 and older have both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson, taken at least 14 days prior.
Here’s what you can show as proof that you’re fully vaccinated, according to the county’s Public Health Department:
- The white CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card
- The yellow World Health Organization vaccine card
- Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider
- A California Immunization Registry (CAIR2) vaccination record
- A digital vaccination record issued by California Department of Public Health
- A digital vaccination record from an approved company like Healthvana, Carbon Health, CommonPass, CLEAR Health Pass or VaxYes.
People can also show a photocopy of their vaccine card, or a photo of it on their phone.
Those who were vaccinated in California can get a free digital COVID-19 Vaccination Record at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov.
Business owners can download the free SMART Health Card verifier app to read the QR code on many of the approved digital vaccination apps. Scan the code and confirm there’s a green “Verified” indicator at the top of the screen and the required information is shown.
Business owners should verify both of the following to make sure patrons are fully vaccinated:
- Check to see if the name on the vaccination record matches a photo ID, and
- Check proof of COVID-19 vaccination by dose type and date:
- If Johnson & Johnson, verify single dose taken at least 14 days prior to current day
- If Pfizer or Moderna, verify two doses with dates. The most recent dose being at least 14 days prior to current date
For visitors from other state or countries, businesses should ask for similar vaccination documentation issued by a local government.
Health inspectors will be visiting bars, clubs and other venues to ensure businesses are verifying vaccination status of all patrons. If a business is found to be violating the mandate, the violation will be documented and the business will receive a compliance date. If they’re still not complying after that, they may be issued a $500 citation, the health department said.
A negative coronavirus test result is not considered an alternative to providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination at bars and other indoor venues, health officials said.
Customers who don’t show that they are vaccinated can be directed to outdoor areas of the business, if available. And if they’re wearing a mask, they can enter the indoor area to use the restroom, or order, pick up or pay. Otherwise, the unvaccinated patrons will have to be turned away.
LA County Public Health Order: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/docs/HOO/HOO_SaferReturnWorkCommunity.pdf