How to sign up to find out when it’s your turn to get the vaccine in L.A. County
The vaccine is here. Well, sort of.
Healthcare workers, residents of skilled-nursing and long-term-care facilities, and people 65 and older are currently eligible to receive the vaccine in L.A. Everyone else needs to wait their turn. Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced California was doing away with the tier system and would be prioritizing vaccinations by age instead of occupation going forward. At the current rate, it will take until June just to finish vaccinating those 65 and over.
If you are not in an eligible group, you can sign up in a few different places to be alerted when it’s your turn.
Here’s what we know about getting the COVID-19 vaccine shots in Los Angeles County, including appointments for the second dose.
How to sign up
The state has launched a website where everyone can sign up to be notified when they are eligible for the vaccine. Visit the My Turn site and enter your information to confirm your eligibility and to sign up to find out when you can be vaccinated.
L.A. County residents 65 and older and other eligible people can use L.A. County’s public health agency website to make an appointment to be vaccinated by clicking “Click here to book an appointment” or by calling (833) 540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.
For people under 65 who aren’t healthcare workers, go to the county site and enter your email address in the box to sign up for the vaccine newsletter and click “submit.” The email newsletter will include updates and information on which groups are eligible to get vaccinated.
Anyone in L.A. County can go to Carbon Health’s website and enter their line of work and date of birth, and answer whether they have COVID-related health risks. You will be prompted to schedule an appointment if you’re eligible, and to join the waitlist if you aren’t.
In Orange County, residents 65 and older can sign up for a vaccination appointment through Othena. The Orange County Health Care Agency tweeted that more than 10,000 people signed up on the first day it was available.
Information for other counties:
- Ventura: Vaccine updates; register for a vaccine if you’re in one of the groups currently eligible.
- San Bernardino
- Santa Barbara
What can you do while you wait?
The same things you’ve been doing since March:
- Wear a mask (or two) when you’re out and about.
- Minimize nonessential trips.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from people you don’t live with.
- Don’t socialize unmasked or indoors.
Until you’ve gotten your second dose of the vaccine and waited an appropriate amount of time to develop antibodies, the safest place to be is at home.
Masks have been effective in slowing the coronavirus’ spread, but there has been debate about whether one-layer cloth masks offer enough protection.
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