LA County COVID-19 Updates: COVID Safe Thanksgiving + Small Biz Rent Relief + More
November 18, 2021
Have A COVID Safe Thanksgiving!
Many generations often gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, 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). If everyone attending is fully vaccinated, the risk of the COVID-19 virus being transmitted is significantly reduced.
The safest option is to gather-in person only with members of your household and to celebrate virtually with other family and friends. Consider this option if you have loved ones who have weak immune systems or who are not fully vaccinated and at high risk of severe COVID-19 disease.
For more detailed guidance, click here.
Small Business Rent Relief
In an effort to assist Qualifying Small Business Tenants (QSBT) that have fallen behind on rent, Los Angeles County launched the Small Business Rent Relief Grant Project on Wednesday. The Project, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and authorized by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, will be administered by the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA).
The County is working to ensure equitable distribution of resources, focusing on communities most in need of immediate and long-term pandemic and economic relief interventions based on relative risk using indicators that assess risk factors for COVID-19 infection, vulnerability to severe outcomes if infected, and ability to recover from the health, economic, and social impacts of the pandemic. Small Business Rent Relief Grant Project applications will be sorted by tier per equity lens listed above and a lottery will be held for each tier to determine ranking order.
Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.
For additional project information, please visit ndconline.org/lacsbrr/ or call (626) 210-4500.
Food Equity Roundtable
Food insecurity isn’t just a byproduct of the pandemic. It’s a chronic and persistent problem in L.A. County, spurred by historic inequities. Learn how the newly convened Food Equity Roundtable is taking a fresh tack to remake a food system that has let down our most vulnerable.
For more information, visit ceo.lacounty.gov/food-
October 14, 2021
Pfizer boosters available for select groups
LA County continues to offer COVID-19 vaccines at many different sites across the county that have weekend and evening hours. Boosters are available for eligible individuals at all sites offering the Pfizer vaccine. Appointments are not needed at many sites and all Public Health vaccination sites where first, second, and third doses are available.
Los Angeles County residents eligible for a booster dose of Pfizer include the following groups of people who received the second of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine series at least 6 months ago and are one of the following:
- People aged 65 years or older
- Residents of long-term care facilities
- People aged 18-64 years with underlying medical conditions
- People aged 18-64 years with high institutional or occupational risk, including health care workers, first responders, teachers and day care staff, grocery workers, and workers and residents in homeless shelters or prisons, among others.
To make an appointment, visit VaccinateLACounty.com, or make an appointment at a pharmacy or clinic that offers the Pfizer vaccine near you.
Attention vaccinated students: don't miss out on free UCLA Football tickets!
There’s now an additional reason to get vaccinated if you’re a middle or high school student in L.A. County!
UCLA has partnered with Public Health to give away free tickets to a UCLA football game at the Rose Bowl to middle or high school students in L.A. County who’ve received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while tickets last. Students aged 12 to 18 who’ve received at least one dose can sign up for the free tickets online by visiting: http://tinyurl.com/
Pregnant or recently gave birth? Don't delay, get vaccinated.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is strongly encouraging COVID-19 vaccination for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future to prevent severe illness, death, and adverse pregnancy outcomes from COVID-19.
Although rare, pregnant people infected with COVID-19 during their pregnancy can pass on the virus to their newborn. Studies have affirmed the vaccines’ safety in all stages of pregnancy and the vaccines do not cause any fertility problems.
Resources are available to assist pregnant people and people of childbearing age to get the facts, click here.
October 7, 2021
Vaccination verification now required at outdoor mega events and indoor portions of bars and similar establishments
Beginning, TODAY, Thursday, October 7, proof of full vaccination or a negative test result will be required to enter outdoor mega events, and proof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be required to enter or work in indoor portions of bars, lounges, nightclubs, breweries, wineries, and distilleries in L.A. County.
On November 4, bars and similar establishments throughout L.A. County will be required to verify full vaccination of all patrons and employees prior to entry to indoor portions of their establishments.
Businesses and cities implementing targeted vaccination mandates are supported by teams at Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health). Mobile vaccination teams are going across the county to help get vaccinations to employees wherever needed, and Public Health is connecting businesses with testing vendors to provide the necessary testing for unvaccinated employees and patrons. If there is an organization or workplace where people may need to get vaccinated, you can request a mobile vaccination unit to provide vaccines. Public Health encourages you to visit the Find a Vaccination Provider page to request a visit at your workplace or organization from a mobile vaccination unit or other vaccination partners in the community to provide vaccines.
October 5, 2021
Pfizer Vaccine Booster Dose Available to Eligible LA County Residents
Eligible Los Angeles County residents can now begin receiving their booster doses at any of the hundreds of sites offering the Pfizer vaccine.
Los Angeles County residents eligible for a booster dose of Pfizer include the following groups of people who received the second of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine series at least 6 months ago and are either:
- People aged 65 years or older
- Residents of long-term care facilities
- Are 50-64 and have an underlying medical condition or are at increased risk due to social inequity (including that of communities of color)
- People aged 18 to 64 years with underlying medical conditions
- People aged 18 to 64 years with high institutional or occupational risk, including healthcare workers, first responders, teachers and day care staff, grocery workers, and workers in homeless shelters or prisons, among others
Residents who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will need to wait until the FDA reviews the data and determines the need for and safety of boosters for these vaccines.
Residents wanting a booster will need to bring proof they received two previous Pfizer doses, which for most people will be in the form of the white vaccination card, or a photo of the white card, or a digital record of your two doses. At many sites, residents may be asked to sign an attestation form indicating they meet the criteria to receive the Pfizer booster.
Those not yet vaccinated can make an appointment to get vaccinated by going to MyTurn. Eligible residents who completed their two-dose Pfizer vaccine series at least six months ago can also make an appointment for their boosters by using the MyTurn system or by making an appointment at a pharmacy or clinic that offers Pfizer vaccinations.
If you need a ride to get your vaccination, you can reach out to the Public Health call center at 1-833-540-0473 and you will be connected to free transportation.
Business Toolkit for Ensuring Safety and Compliance with Health Officer Orders Available Now
Public Health has created one-stop resource for all LA County businesses to learn how they can prevent COVID-19 surges through vaccination verification. The resources and materials include an overview on how to verify vaccination or a negative test, signs to post in your business, and other resources, including How to Host a Mobile Clinic at your business for employees or patrons and guidance for Mega Events. Visit this webpage at www.LACBizHOOToolkit.com.
Checkout our Public Health Town Hall on COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters
Last week, Dr. Barbara Ferrer hosted an online townhall last week to answer your questions about boosters, COVID-19
September 20, 2021
Health Officer Order Modified to Require Vaccine Verification at Select High-Risk Settings
The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order was modified to require vaccination verification or a negative test prior to entry to all mega events and event venues by October 7; children under 12 years of age are exempt.
The requirement for vaccine verification or a negative test within 72 hours prior to attending an outdoor mega event aligns with the recently announced national strategy and includes venues and events with more than 10,000 attendees that are ticketed and/or have controlled points of entry to a well-defined area, such as sport and music arenas and theme parks.
This is similar to the requirement for vaccination verification or a negative test prior to entry at all indoor events and arenas with more than 1,000 participants; this requirement has been in place since August 18. Many mega event venues established verification systems during the spring in response to previous capacity restrictions and Public Health will offer large venues and organizers of mega events technical assistance to assist with implementation.
The Health Officer Order also requires vaccination verification for customers and employees at indoor portions of bars, lounges, nightclubs, breweries, wineries, and distilleries.
The requirement for vaccine verification for customers in the indoor portions of bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries, nightclubs, and lounges and their employees applies to drinking establishments with either no restaurant permit or a low-risk restaurant permit and requires that all customers and employees have at least one dose of the vaccine by October 7 and full vaccination by November 4.
These establishments primarily serve adults and already require patrons to show proof of age; and while children do not usually enter these establishments, children under 12 are exempt from these requirements. Full vaccination verification for services in the indoor portions of restaurants is strongly recommended.
We in public health believe that targeted vaccination mandates are an important strategy for quickly raising vaccination coverage in our county and ending the pandemic, and we applaud our President, our Governor, our Board of Supervisors, our cities and school districts, and business establishments across the county for creating additional safety in spaces where people are intermingling with the use of targeted vaccination mandates. As evidence mounts affirming the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, vaccination mandates are an increasingly important tool to prevent future COVID surges that cause widespread suffering. The modified Health Officer Order aligns with the continued need to reduce risk for transmission and increase vaccination coverage; this is a reasonable path forward that can position us to be better able to break the cycle of surges.
Several resources for businesses have been created to provide guidance in order to prepare for the new Health Officer Order to go in to effect.
How to Provide Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
There are few easy ways to provide a vaccination record. The easiest way to provide proof is to carry your vaccination card issued by the healthcare provider that administered the vaccine. If you are unsure about carrying your vaccination card or would prefer an electronic version, please see below for other examples.
Where can you get a COVID-19 Vaccine
It is never too late to consider getting a COVID-19 vaccine here in LA County. There are more than 800 locations across the county that offer the COVID-19 vaccine. These sites are made up of pharmacies, private healthcare providers, clinics, community sites, hospitals, and vaccination sites run by Public Health and our partners.
The best place to start when looking to get vaccinated is our website:
When you reach our website, there are two easy places to click when looking to find a vaccination site or make an appointment. They are highlighted by the red arrows below.
The LA County Vaccination Webpage has lots of information about the vaccines and how to prepare for your visit on the left side of the page. Each of these sections highlighted by the blue arrow is a drop-down menu below.
When you are ready to find a vaccination site location near you. You can advance to the section highlighted by the red arrow below. You can enter your ZIP CODE, apply a distance filter, search by VACCINE TYPE, LOCATION NAME or DRIVE-THRU capability.
When you enter your zip code, a list of locations near you will be appear and each location will show how far away it is, what kind vaccine it is offering and whether they accept walk-ins or appointments. You can also filter this selection with a map.
How to Spot COVID-19 and Vaccine Misinformation
With the use of social media, it is easy to fall prey to COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation and someone who is trying to scam people into giving them money. Public health experts have researched and compiled scientifically accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccines so you can feel safe and protected.
Here are some fast facts on the COVID-19 Vaccines:
What are the Side Effects?
Are the vaccines safe?
Public Health has put together some helpful guides to help you avoid misinformation and have meaningful and productive conversations with those who may have fallen victim to misinformation.
Our website also includes a section with resources on each brand of vaccine available in the United States. These resources are available in multiple languages.
Get Ahead LA
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought significant financial challenges to many residents of Los Angeles County. To combat these challenges, the LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs’ Center for Financial Empowerment is pleased to announce Get Ahead LA, a campaign to safely guide LA County residents to the financial resources they need to reach their financial goals.
Through Get Ahead LA, County residents can get connected to free financial resources that can help them get back on their feet. Whether it’s rental or food assistance, financial counseling, or help finding a job, Get Ahead LA can help people access the programs they need to get ahead.
Get Ahead LA is a free, user-friendly online service available today at GetAheadLA.org.
A comprehensive social media toolkit for Get Ahead LA can be accessed here.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has developed a wide array of documents, guidance documents, and resources for the workers, businesses, partners, and the general public on a variety of topics related to COVID-19, including:
Information for the Public
Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health http://publichealth.
- California Department of Public Health https://www.cdph.ca.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/
coronavirus/2019- ncov/index.html Spanish https: //www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/ 2019-ncov/index-sp.html
- World Health Organization https://www.who.
- LA County residents can also call 2-1-1