As of the end of 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had granted Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for two COVID-19 vaccines, which have been shown to be safe and effective based on data provided by the manufacturers (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) and findings from large clinical trials.
The supply of COVID-19 vaccines will be limited for the first few months, which means that the vaccine will be offered to different groups of people at different times.
As of January 21, County residents 65 and older are eligible to sign up to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Seniors can sign up now to schedule an appointment online or by phone at 833-540-0473 between 8:00 AM and 8:30 PM, seven days a week.
Los Angeles County is currently actively vaccinating the following groups:
- Healthcare workers (HCWs) at high and moderate risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus through their work in any role in health care or long-term care settings. High and moderate risk means the HCW has direct or indirect contact with patients or infectious materials (Phase 1A)
- Long-term care facility residents (Phase 1A)
- Persons age 65 and over (Phase 1B Tier 1)
Note: Low risk healthcare workers, such as administrative support staff without routine in-person patient contact, will be offered vaccinations in Phase 1B Tier 2 and veterinary medical personnel Phase 1B.
All County residents in the above categories can make an appointment by registering online. DO NOT REGISTER FOR AN APPOINTMENT IF YOU ARE NOT IN AN ELIGIBLE GROUP as doing so will take an appointment slot away from those at highest risk, and you will be turned away without proper documentation of your eligibility.
Space is limited but will grow as the County obtains more vaccine doses. Given that appointments are limited, community members are encouraged to be patient and to know that in time, everyone who wants to will get vaccinated. LADPH is working urgently with federal and state partners to expand capacity and supply in the weeks ahead.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health launched a COVID-19 Vaccine webpage that includes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), a link to the LA County Vaccine Distribution information page, which outlines the phases and tiers for distribution of the vaccine, and a subscription option to receive alerts and updates directly from the County regarding vaccine distribution.
Malibu Vaccine Distribution
The City of Malibu is in active conversations with local medical providers to prepare for and support a mass vaccination site if needed. Whether or not a mass vaccination site is needed depends on how many doses the local medical providers receive. If they only receive a small number of doses that is manageable to administer in their offices, then that is how it will be done. However, if the number of doses is too large to effectively administer through their offices, then the a mass vaccination site will be established. Local medical providers are not expected to receive the vaccine until late January or early February.