In response to the CDC and FDA recommendation on April 13, 2021, LA County Health Services will immediately pause use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine for our patients. We will contact Health Services patients with appointments for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and work to accommodate them with either the Moderna or Pfizer two dose vaccines.
If you are a Health Services patient and received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the past three weeks and have developed severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath, contact your doctor as soon as possible or seek immediate care. People in LA County who don’t have a medical provider can call 844-804-0055 to connect with a healthcare provider. Severe adverse reactions to any of the COVID-19 vaccines are extremely rare but should be taken seriously.
We will closely monitor updates from the CDC and FDA on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as the health and safety of our patients is our highest priority.
Click here for the CDC’s full statement on the J&J Vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccine is very safe. It will prevent you from getting sick with COVID-19. All Health Services patients will receive the vaccine for free.
All patients over the age of 16 can get the COVID-19 vaccine now.
We are giving the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at all of our sites at this time. If you are a patient in our hospitals and clinics, make your appointment today.
Learn more about the COVID vaccine here.
The COVID-19 vaccines are being held to the same safety standards as all vaccines. These shots were tested in tens of thousands of adults from different backgrounds, which include older adults and communities of color. In the studies, the COVID-19 vaccine has shown to help prevent getting you sick from COVID-19.
Learn how the federal government is working to make sure COVID-19 vaccines are safe.
To make sure the COVID-19 vaccine meets safety requirements, California made a Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. The workgroup gives recommendations to leaders in California and gives confidence to the public that the vaccine is safe.
For more information about the vaccine, please visit the LA County Department of Public Health.
The vaccine is free to everyone, including our patients.
After getting the vaccine, people can feel normal side effects, like a sore arm, low fever, headache and chills. These are normal signs that your body is building protection. Don’t worry — they should go away within a few days.
Health Services has a COVID-19 Nurse Advice Call Line: 844-804-0055. It’s available from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., 7 days per week.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have two shots. For the Pfizer vaccine, you should get them at about 21 days apart and for the Moderna at about 28 days apart. The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) is only 1 shot.
It is very important to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine if you receive the Pfizer or Moderna shot. Your body will not build the protection it needs if you do not get the second dose. Make sure you get your second dose at the place where you got your first dose. Be sure to bring your vaccination card with you. If you have questions about your second dose, call your clinic.