Because of the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19 while traveling outside of L.A County, for everyone that traveled or are planning to travel back into L.A. County, you must quarantine for 10 days. If you start to experience any symptoms or have a positive test, isolate for 10 days and until you are fever-free for 24 hours. The best way to safely quarantine is to not leave your home or allow any visitors to your home, and to find others who can help you buy groceries and other essential necessities. If you need help during your self-quarantine, such as finding assistance to help get groceries, there are resources available by calling 211 or visiting the Public Health website.
Public Health continues efforts to safely and effectively deliver COVID-19 vaccines and build a system that has the capacity to vaccinate prioritized populations. The first shipments are being used to vaccinate the frontline healthcare workers at acute care hospitals, EMTs and paramedics, and the staff and residents at skilled nursing facilities. These groups are within Tier 1 of Phase 1a. As of last Saturday, a total of 66,628 frontline healthcare workers at acute care hospitals have received their first doses.
The County began distribution of the Moderna vaccine to skilled nursing facilities at the end of last week right before the holiday and continued through the weekend. As of Saturday, 1,748 doses had been administered at skilled nursing facilities. County, City, and curative teams are working together to accelerate vaccinations at skilled nursing facilities over the next two weeks.
Vaccinations at other long-term care facilities will happen through the federal pharmacy partnership with Walgreens and CVS and are likely to begin in early January. As L.A. County completes Tier 1 of Phase 1a, we will begin vaccinations for healthcare workers in Tier 2. This week and next, home health care workers and healthcare workers at primary care clinics, urgent care clinics and private practices will be invited to register for appointments through a secure web-based portal. All healthcare workers will need to show verification prior to vaccination. Please go to the COVID-19 Healthcare Provider Information Hub on our website for additional information.
Every week, as the county receives additional doses of vaccine, additional health care workers in Tiers 2 and 3 of Phase 1A will be offered vaccines. These include healthcare personnel engaging in field work, working at specialty clinics, laboratory workers, dental and other oral health clinics, pharmacy staff (not in higher-tier settings) and vaccinators.
For more information about the County’s vaccination plans or to sign up for a vaccination newsletter, please go to our website: www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.