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Health Officials Recommend Boosters for Vaccinated
By Brian W. Carter, Contributing Writer
Published October 28, 2021

Boosters have become available for all three FDA-approved vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson to those that are eligible. AP Photo

On Monday, October 25, The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) reported 5 new deaths and stated 679 new cases of COVID-19. There were 610 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 with 15% of nearly 9,000,000 individuals testing positive with symptoms.

“California is leading the nation in vaccinations, with 52 million administered and 86 percent of the eligible population having received at least one dose – today’s Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup recommendation on booster shots will help keep the momentum going as we enter the winter months,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom. “Through our investments in targeted outreach and robust community-based partnerships, our work continues to reach the hardest-hit communities. Vaccines are how we end this pandemic – I encourage all eligible Californians to visit MyTurn.ca.gov to schedule an appointment for their first dose or find a booster shot to keep themselves and their community healthy.”

Public Health identified 1,485,769 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 26,552 deaths. Cases across the Southland: Los Angeles County shows 1,407,489 cases, Long Beach with 64,858 cases and Pasadena with 13,422 cases.

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According to race and ethnicity, COVID-19 statistics show: American Indian/Alaska Native with 2,402; Asian with 67,246; Black with 67,650; Hispanic/Latino with 725,845; Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander with 5,196; White with 173,714; those of other race and ethnicity with 119,071 and 246,365 under investigation.

“I am grateful that the vast majority of businesses continue to follow the sensible protections in the State and County Health Officer Orders that help ensure our collective well-being and economic recovery,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Thanks, as well to the tens of thousands of patrons who are doing their part – getting vaccinated and wearing masks as required. Reducing transmission depends on high compliance with existing safety measures.”

Boosters have become available for all three FDA-approved vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson to those that are eligible. Appointments are not needed at all Public Health vaccination sites where first, second, and third doses are available.

Los Angeles County residents eligible for a booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine include those who received the second of the two-dose vaccine series at least 6 months ago and are either:

-65 years and older

-Age 18 and older who live in long-term care settings

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-Age 18 and older who have underlying medical conditions

-Age 18 and older who work or live in high-risk settings

Those who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for 18 and older vaccinated two or more months ago.

For more detailed information on COVID-19 vaccination plans in L.A. County and to sign up for a vaccination newsletter, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com

For more information and statistics on COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, please visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/

Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:

*Los Angeles County Department of Public Health http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

*California Department of Public Health https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx

*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.int/health-topics/coronavirus

*LA County residents can also call 2-1-1

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