Covid Vaccination

Where to schedule COVID vaccine for residents of Los Angeles County who are 5+ years of age:

  1. Online at LA County registration
  2. Residents with disabilities or without computer access can call (833) 540-0473 for assistance with appointments between the hours of 8 am and 8:30 pm. Phones are open 7 days/week.
  3. Check with your local pharmacy: Albertsons, Ralphs, Rite Aid, Vons, Pavilions Pharmacies are administering the vaccines.

Where to schedule COVID vaccine for residents of San Bernardino County who are 5+ years of age:

  1. Online at San Bernardino County registration
  2. Residents who need assistance scheduling a vaccine can call 909-387-3911 or email coronavirus@DPH.sbcounty.gov

NOTES:

If you have questions or concerns about the suitability of the vaccine for you due to health conditions or history of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction), you should contact your personal physician for more specific information.

FREE RIDES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES:
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has a new Transit & Paratransit for People with Disabilities webpage with information to help people with disabilities get to a vaccination site. In addition, if you or anyone you know needs assistance with transportation or are homebound and needs to get vaccinated at home, call the DPH Vaccine Call Center at 833-540-0473.

Is it morally acceptable to receive a Covid-19 vaccination?

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) stated that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the first to be approved for use in the U.S., were morally acceptable for Catholics to receive (Nov. 2020).

“Neither the Pfizer nor the Moderna vaccine involved the use of cell lines that originated in fetal tissue taken from the body of an aborted baby at any level of design, development or production,” said the chairmen of the Committee on Pro-Life and the Committee on Doctrine. “They are not completely free from any connection to abortion, however, as both Pfizer and Moderna made use of a tainted cell line for one of the confirmatory lab tests of their products.

“There is thus a connection, but it is remote,” they continued. “Some are asserting that if a vaccine is connected in any way with tainted cell lines, then it is immoral to be vaccinated with them. This is an inaccurate portrayal of Catholic moral teaching.

“Most importantly,” they added, “[Church Teaching makes] it clear that, at the level of the recipient, it is morally permissible to accept vaccination when there are no alternatives and there is a serious risk to health.”

Archbishop vaccinated

Archbishop Gomez and Auxiliary Bishop Alex Aclan both received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the morning of Jan. 21. The hospital gave orders that they return in three weeks for the required second shot. 

“I am grateful for the chance to get the vaccine,” Archbishop Gomez said. “My thanks to all those in Providence Saint John’s [Santa Monica] who have been serving our community faithfully during this pandemic."

Following the injections, the two bishops were required to remain at the hospital for a 15-minute “extended observation period.” Both took the opportunity to pray with and bless members of the hospital’s vaccination team. Neither showed immediate side effects from the injection. 

"I am praying today for those who are sick from this virus, for those who have lost loved ones, and I pray that this vaccine will be made available widely in every community," Archbishop Gomez added in his statement. "May our Blessed Mother Mary continue to keep all of us in her tender care.”

 

Holiday Guidelines from LA County Health Department

With the upcoming holidays, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) is sending this “Best Practices Care Package for the Holidays” to help people celebrate the holidays safely. The ‘Care Package’ provides information and recommendations for celebrating the holidays safely, travel guidance, links to useful information, and additional COVID-19 resources. 

Booster Doses. Booster doses are encouraged for fully vaccinated persons to get extra protection for the winter holidays and beyond. Public health experts are starting to see signs of reduced protection against infection and mild to moderate disease among certain populations. We encourage everyone to get a COVID-19 booster dose when eligible. A COVID-19 booster is recommended for all adults ages 18 and older. If you received the J&J vaccine, a booster dose is recommended 2 months later. If you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you can get your booster dose 6 months after receiving the 2nd dose. For more information on boosters and where to get one, see Booster Doses. Note: you are still considered fully vaccinated even if you do not get a booster dose.

Holiday Travel Guidance. Travel is likely to increase during the holiday break. The best protection is to be fully vaccinated before traveling. It is recommended to stay local until fully vaccinated. If someone who is unvaccinated chooses to travel, they should follow the LACDPH Travel Advisory and Guidance. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated who choose to travel must get tested and complete quarantine before joining any holiday gatherings or celebrations and before returning to work or school. Travel information and resources:

COVID-19 Resources and Information. Feel free share the following links and information with your friends, colleagues, and families in your community.


General Information

Gatherings and Celebrations

Testing

Vaccines and Vaccination Records

Announcements

Thank you for your ongoing efforts to protect the health and well-being of Los Angeles County residents.