Though California state officials announced this week that all residents aged 65 and older can get the COVID-19 vaccine, not all counties are ready to expand access to seniors as supplies remain scarce.
As of Friday, here’s who can get the vaccine in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, according to local health departments.
Only health care workers and those in long-term care facilities are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in L.A. County, according to current rules.
Health Director Barbara Ferrer said there’s not enough doses in the county yet to vaccinate those 65 and older, since there are about 500,000 health care workers that have yet to be inoculated.
But she said the county asked the state for more doses, and that it is estimated that vaccinations will begin for those 65 and older in early February.
With Dodger Stadium opening to vaccinate people Friday and five more large sites set to open next week, officials hope it will dramatically ramp up the pace of vaccinations — which so far has been slower than expected statewide.
Here are the health care workers being offered the vaccine in L.A. County:
Orange County is vaccinating residents 65 and older, including at a COVID-19 vaccination “super” site that opened at the Disneyland Resort Wednesday.
This is in addition to health care workers in these settings:
- Acute care, psychiatric and correctional facility hospitals
- Skilled nursing facilities and similar settings
- Paramedics and EMTs
- Dialysis centers
- Intermediate care facilities for persons who need non-continuous nursing supervision and supportive care
- Home health care and in-home supportive services
- Community health workers
- Public health field staff
- Primary Care clinics, including Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Centers, correctional facility clinics and urgent care clinics
- Specialty clinics
- Laboratory workers
- Dental and other oral health clinics
- Pharmacy staff
Those eligible can make appointments and others can sign up for a notification for when it’s their turn here.
Riverside County also started vaccinating all residents aged 65 and older, setting up clinics to distribute the doses.
The county has also made the vaccines available to essential workers like educators, dentists, mortuary staff, food and agriculture workers, pharmacy staff and those in emergency services — in addition to frontline health care workers and older residents.
Here’s who can get the vaccine now in the county:
Residents were told to sign up for an appointment at ruhealth.org, and seniors who need help making an appointment can call 800-510-2020 or 2-1-1.
The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Thursday announced that all residents aged 65 and older are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 — but explained the supplies remain scarce, so appointments will be limited.
This is in addition to health care workers listed here:
Like L.A. County, Ventura County is still only vaccinating health care workers and those in long-term care facilities.
“Those 65 and older cannot be vaccinated until the next phase,” the county health department tweeted Wednesday. “The County is advocating for more vaccines.”
It’s unclear when the county will enter the next phase. Here are the health care workers currently being offered doses:
Those eligible can sign up for an appointment here.