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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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Updated: June 24, 2022

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 FAQs for Vaccines from LACDPH and learn more about the vaccines from the CDC. Also see here and below for information about third/booster doses. Getting vaccinated and staying up-to-date on vaccines can protect you from severe illness, hospitalization, and dealth from COVID-19. Vaccines can also reduce the spread of COVID-19 and limit the virus's ability to create new and dangerous variants.

Please stay up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccination series. Booster doses are becoming increasingly important to protect against severe illness from new variants of COVID-19. Please consider getting a booster dose as soon as you are eligible

Vaccine Eligibility

CDC recommends everyone ages 6 months and older get vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccine is free. 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. The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are strongly recommended for both primary and booster vaccination. They offer better protection against COVID-19. 

Starting June 18, 2022, COVID-19 vaccines are now available to everyone 6 months and older. The vaccine for children under 12 will be a lower dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, and will be distinguished by its different packaging. Please see the COVID-19 Vaccine Schedules for different ages here

Booster Doses

COVID-19 vaccine boosters can further enhance or restore protection that might have decreased over time after your primary series vaccination. Everyone 5 and older is recommended to get 1 booster after completing their COVID-19 vaccine primary series, if eligible. A 2nd booster is recommended for adults ages 50 and older and for some people ages 12 and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised. Appointments are recommended. Those 18 and up do not have to receive a booster of the same brand received for the first vaccination series. Teens 5-17 years old may only get a Pfizer vaccine booster, if their primary vaccine series is Pfizer. See LACDPH's FAQs for more information.

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 MyTurn.CA.gov (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 longbeach.gov/vaxlb 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 preferred 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 MyTurn.CA.gov.

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 is the Difference Between "Fully Vaccinated" and "Up to Date"?

According to the CDC, "up to date" means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible. Fully vaccinated means two weeks have passed since a person received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Please continue to take precautions:

  • Get your first or second booster dose as soon as possible when you qualify
  • Wear well-fitted masks at indoor public places
  • Avoid indoor large in-person gatherings
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or if exposed
  • 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 https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/report-fraud/, or file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at https://www.ic3.gov. 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 https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/. 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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