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Vaccination Providers Require Patient Information, Boosters Available for Eligible Residents
By Brian W. Carter, Contributing Writer
Published September 30, 2021

The Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record will allow residents to access their vaccine info. AP Photo

On Monday, September 27, Public Health reported 5 new deaths and stated 986 new cases of COVID-19. There were 907 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 with 16% of nearly 8,590,000 individuals testing positive with symptoms.

“While the science about the virus continues to advance, there should be no confusion about the effectiveness of the vaccines at moving us more quickly to low rates of community transmission,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health.
She continued, “For those whose work includes supporting our most vulnerable – those who are sick or facing an emergency or needing help or cannot be vaccinated – we ask that you do your part and comply with vaccination requirements.”

Many businesses and establishments are requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to be served throughout L.A. County. Starting October 1, vaccination providers will be required to request certain information from patients. The Pfizer boosters are available to eligible L.A. residents and is being encouraged by Public Health.

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Public Health identified 1,455,155 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 26,018 deaths. Cases across the Southland: Los Angeles County shows 1,378,571 cases, Long Beach with 63,438 cases and Pasadena with 13,146 cases.

According to race and ethnicity, COVID-19 statistics show: American Indian/Alaska Native with 2,326; Asian with 65,708; Black with 65,577; Hispanic/Latino with 713,018; Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander with 5,064; White with 167,602; those of other race and ethnicity with 116,947 and 242,329 under investigation.

Beginning October 1, vaccination providers are required by the State to request patients’ email addresses and mobile phone numbers for the State’s Immunization Registry. This will allow residents to access their Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record after the vaccine has been administered. Residents can refuse to provide their mobile phone numbers or email address if they don’t want to and will still be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and the white vaccination card.

Los Angeles County residents eligible for a booster dose can receive it at all sites offering the Pfizer vaccine. Appointments are not needed at all Public Health vaccination sites where first, second, and third doses are available. 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

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*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

“This pandemic has made it clear that individual decisions have an enormous impact on our collective well-being,” said Ferrer. “While it is easy to cast safety measures and vaccination requirements as a curtailment of individual freedoms, it is perhaps more useful to view these as sensible actions that allow us to protect each other from a virus that destroys lives and livelihoods.”

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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