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Posted on: February 3, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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Updated: January 18, 2021

The City of Signal Hill is under the jurisdiction of the L.A. County Department of Health (LACDPH). The information below is provided as a courtesy to assist you in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine/booster and/or learn more about the available vaccines. See this FAQ for Vaccines from LACDPH (PDF) and learn more about the vaccines from the CDC. Also see here and below for information about third/booster doses. It remains critical that everyone 5 years old and older get vaccinated, and that people who receive Pfizer or Moderna vaccines get both doses. Nearly all cases of severe disease, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 continue to occur among those not yet fully vaccinated. 

Booster doses are becoming increasingly important to protect against severe illness from the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Please consider getting a booster dose as soon as you are eligible

Vaccine Eligibility

Everyone age 5 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is free to all. You do not need health insurance, and you do not need to prove citizenship/immigration status. Residents 18 and older may receive any of the FDA/CDC approved vaccine brands: a two-dose series of either Pfizer or Moderna, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson. Minors aged 5-17 are eligible to receive a two-dose series of the Pfizer vaccine only.

The vaccine given to those ages 5 to 11 will be a lower dose of the Pfizer vaccine that is currently available for those 12 years old and older, and will be distinguished by its different packaging. The vaccine for these minors is also a two-dose series with 21 days between the first and second doses. Children 5+ may now get vaccinated at select clinics. Appointments for minors are strongly encouraged to ensure availability. Learn more about vaccine clinics and how to make an appointment below.

Booster Shots

Everyone 12 and older who is fully vaccinated is strongly encouraged to get a booster dose when eligible. You should get a booster if you are 12 and up and received the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine at least two months ago, finished the two-dose Pfizer vaccination series at least five months ago, or finished the two-dose Moderna vaccination series at least six months ago. Appointments are recommended. Those 18 and up do not have to receive a booster of the same brand received for the first vaccination series. They can choose which brand to receive for a booster. Learn more about the different vaccines from the CDC here. Teens 12–17 years old may only get a Pfizer vaccine booster.

Getting a Vaccine

Signal Hill residents may receive a vaccine/booster through L.A. County, the City of Long Beach, a local pharmacy, health care provider, or clinic. Those scheduling their second, third or booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine must bring the vaccination record card given to them with their first dose. Please use all available methods to find a vaccination location and time that fits your needs:

  • Find a vaccine appointment at (Search for an appointment under both Long Beach and L.A. County)
  • Call (833) 540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m, 7 days a week
  • Visit for vaccination clinic schedules and info from the City of Long Beach (see more information below)
  • Check VaccineFinder for information on clinics, pharmacies, and other locations that offer COVID-19 vaccines
  • Contact your healthcare provider and/or pharmacy
  • Contact your employer
  • Follow @LAPublicHealth and @LBHealthDept on Facebook and/or Twitter for real-time updates on vaccination clinics, availability, no-appointment opportunities, and more. 

Appointments may also be available at the following:

City of Long Beach Vaccine Opportunities

The City of Long Beach is offering vaccines and booster/third doses at several clinics. Appointments are requested for those receiving a booster and/or require a specific brand of vaccine. Visit VaxLB for the latest City of Long Beach vaccine clinic locations, dates and times. You can also make an appointment with a Long Beach clinic at

Transportation Assistance

If you are having transportation difficulties, Uber and Lyft rideshare apps are offering free roundtrip rides to some vaccination sites within their apps. If you need help scheduling a ride or if you want to get your vaccination at a site not listed in the app, you can reach out to the L.A. County Public Health call center at 833-540-0473 and you will be connected to free transportation. 

What Does it Mean to Be "Fully Vaccinated"?

According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at least 2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or at least 2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson/Janssen). All available vaccines offer strong protection against severe illlness, hospitalization and death. Infections may happen in a very small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated. Please continue to take precautions:

  • Get your booster dose when you qualify
  • Wear well-fitted masks at indoor public places
  • Avoid indoor large in-person gatherings
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow guidance issued by individual employers
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations
  • Fully vaccinated people might choose to mask in their own household if someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in their household is unvaccinated

Third Dose

Third doses of Moderna and Pfizer are for those who have compromised immune systems and may benefit from an additional dose to ensure adequate protection against COVID-19. You're eligible for a third dose if you have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

Third doses can be administered at least 28 days after receiving the second dose of the two-dose series of Pfizer (for those 12 and older) or Moderna (for those 18 and older). To receive the third dose, you must self-attest to currently having one of the above listed conditions. The third dose should be the same vaccine brand that was received for the first two doses.  

False Vaccination Cards

Owning or making fake vaccination cards is illegal.  According to the FTC, buying fake vaccine cards, making your own, or filling in blank cards with false information is a federal crime and could get you fined or even land you in jail. Please do not falsify a vaccination record for yourself or anyone else. To report suspicious activity involving false vaccination cards, report it to the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-HHS-TIPS or, or file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at The only legitimate way to get proof that you’re vaccinated — or that you test negative — is to get vaccinated or to test negative. If you lose your vaccine card, you can request a digital vaccine record from the state of California at If you received your vaccinations from a federal agency (e.g., Department of Defense, Indian Health Services, or Veterans Affairs), please reach out to those agencies for assistance with your vaccination record.

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